Out of the three major consoles (Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360, and Sony PlayStation 3), it's the Wii that's in most need of a hardware refresh. Appropriately enough, Nintendo is the only one of the bunch to announce a next generation console, and other than alternate color options, has mostly refrained from launching a bunch of different SKUs with features added on (like increased storage)" to extend its lifespan. The Wii U is Nintendo's next big console, but can it compete?
On paper, the Wii U is not only on par with the Xbox 360 and PS3, but it's actually 50 percent more powerful, game industry analyst Arvind Bhatia from Sterne Agee told Wii U Daily. More recently, Wii U Daily claims to have spoken with another developer who was willing to go into specifics.
According to this unnamed developer, the Wii U will rock a quad-core 3GHz PowerPC-based processor built on a 45nm manufacturing process. It's similar to the one found in the Xbox 360, but updated and with an additional processing core. It will have 768MB of DRAM embedded with the CPU that will be shared between the CPU and GPU, and an unknown 40nm AMD-based graphics chip.
The source tells Wii U Daily that Nintendo's currently testing two versions of its next generation console, one with 768MB of RAM and one with 1GB. All of these specs could change, however, as the Wii U's release is still several months away.