Source also claims PS3/Vita combo is better than Wii U/tablet combo
The Wii U, Nintendo’s next-gen console, is just “not up to the same level as the PS3 or the 360”, according to reports from GamesIndustry International.
Speaking to the site, unnamed developers said, “The graphics are just not as powerful.”
Another dev added, “Yeah, that’s true. It doesn’t produce graphics as well as the PS3 or the 360. There aren’t as many shaders, it’s not as capable. Sure, some things are better, mostly as a result of it being a more modern design. But overall the Wii U just can’t quite keep up.”
Earlier rumors suggested that the Wii U would be as much as six times as powerful as the 360. However, it was later rumored that the console was underpowered compared to what Nintendo had previously announced.
“I’ve heard [a project designer] complain it’s underpowered compared to what Nintendo announced, resulting in people having to de-scale their plans.” said the source.
It was also revealed that there are some issues with Nintendo’s use of the tablet controller.
“The whole thing about the tablet controller is that you only get one of them, and you can only use one and it’s not completely independent. The base console has to be on, and you have to be in range.” said the source.
Additionally, some devs believe that the interconnectivity between the PS3 and the Vita is much more powerful and better implemented than the tablet design of the Wii U.
“You can do everything with that combo that you can with the Wii U, and more,” said the anonymous dev.
Although there is no firm release date for the Wii U, it is expected to be released later this year.
We can expect to hear more at this year’s E3.
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