Barring any last minute surprises, Nintendo will be the first of the big three console makers to come out with a next generation living room game system. It's the Wii U, and it will ship with HD graphics support, a funky new tablet controller, and updated guts that, in theory, should have developers excited. It is, after all, a new toy to play with. So why are a handful of developers dissing the Wii U?
It's the subpar graphics, or at least that's what developers supposedly familiar with the hardware told GamesIndustry International . The developers, who wish to remain anonymous, said the Wii U is "just not as powerful" as the PS3 or Xbox 360, a pair of consoles that have been around the block for several years now.
A developer that GamesIndustry International says works at a major company stated, "There aren't as many shaders, it's not as capable." He did offer up that some things about the Wii U are better because it's a more modern design, "but overall the Wii U just can't quite keep up."
That doesn't bode well for Nintendo, though to be fair, the current Wii has sold like hotcakes despite being less powerful and feature-rich than either the PS3 and Xbox 360. It doesn't play DVDs or Blu-ray discs, it doesn't support HD resolutions, and it's online ecosystem is substandard at best. Yet, it sells, partly because of its price point.
It's possible the Wii U will debut at a tantalizing price point as well, though with a tablet controller thrown into the mix, it will be interesting to see how low Nintendo can go.
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