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.