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While numerous analysts and observers claim that Nintendo’s next-generation video game console is not truly powerful and generally belongs to the current-generation of systems. But a game developer who has tried the console believes that it is much more powerful than is generally expected.

A game developer from a company working on a Wii U title, who decided to remain anonymous as the information about performance is not supposed to be made public, told Develop web-site that the next-generation Nintendo console could achieve roughly twice the processing and graphical potential of Microsoft’s current generation machine. By contrast, another person involved into design of video games complained about insufficient performance of Wii U.

“I've heard [a project designer] complain it was underpowered compared to what Nintendo announced, resulting in people having to de-scale their plans,” said the anonymous game developer.

What is completely unknown is whether developers of video games have already received final versions of Nintendo Wii U hardware and do know actual performance and capabilities of the console, or they still utilize not-finalized hardware and do not have clear idea about the actual performance of the novelty. For example, John Carmack said back in July, 2011, that the Wii U could run advanced games for hardcore audience, a claim probably based on preliminary hardware.

Nintendo Wii U combines motion-sensing game play with the ability to support full HD graphics and generally performance demanding games that can run on consoles like Microsoft Xbox 360 or Sony PlayStation 3. The system itself is based on a custom IBM Power microprocessor as well as a modern custom AMD Radeon HD graphics processing unit with high-definition graphics and video support. But the main feature of the code-named Cafe game console is its unique controller with 6.2" touch-screen that also features an accelerometer and a gyroscope, a rumble feature, an inward-facing camera, a microphone and speakers that can be used to play both classic Gamecube/Wii games as well as specially designed titles that take advantage of the screen. Each Wii U console will be partnered with a new controller and can also use up to four additional Wii Remote or Wii Remote Plus controllers. The system is also backward compatible and can play all Wii games and use all Wii accessories. Nintendo Wii U will cost more than $249.

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2x more powerful than Wii U, huh?

Do any of these analysts actually know what they are talking about?

What about this news that came out just days ago?

In real terms, the Xbox 720's raw graphics processing power is expected to be six times that of the Xbox 360 and will yield 20-percent greater performance than Nintendo's forthcoming console, the Wii U.

So the next Xbox is expected to be 6x more powerful than Xbox360 and yet only 20% more powerful than Wii U. And yet this analyst claims that it's only 2x faster than Xbox 360?

But let's look at rumored specs for the Wii U. The Wii U's GPU is supposed to be based on RV770 (which means either HD4830, HD4850 or HD4870), anyone who thinks the Wii U is only 2x more powerful than X1900-derivative GPU in Xbox360 needs to really study the history of GPUs, unless Nintendo won't actually have an RV770 GPU in it.

Either way, until someone opens the system and does proper analysis, it's difficult to take any of their claims seriously.
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Well, I think you're mistaken. The Wii U will still be using the Wii motion controller in addition to the tablet. All of the Wii games will be playable on the Wii U, and the Wii U games will be compatible with your current Wii equipment.
1 0 [Posted by: martinthew  | Date: 01/25/12 10:22:13 PM]


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