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Wednesday, 22 June 2011 08:29

Wii U is power limited

Written by David Stellmack


Nintendo wants to keep cost down
After analyzing everything coming out of Nintendo-land on the Wii U, it is obvious that Nintendo was very conscious of cost while designing its new system. While many developers that we have spoken with seem to have varying opinions on how powerful the Wii U is when compared to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, it seems difficult at this point to gauge who is and who is not correct.

The Wii U has taken a cost balanced approach to the design of the console, according to Shieru Miyamoto in a discussion with GameSpot. The rumors that have been circulating that the Wii U is over 50% more powerful than the current generation of consoles seems to be something that everyone is downplaying; in fact, we believe that it is a statement that they are running away from.

Balancing cost is something that Sony really seems to have learned the hard way with the launch of the PlayStation 3; but over time, though a number of cost reduction measures, the company has been able to get costs under control. In fact, some decisions such as the Blu-ray drive (which at the time was a very expensive choice) are now an advantage because of the space that it affords developers to work with.

Developers that we have spoken with are still very excited about the possibilities of the platform and what the hardware of the Wii U offers. Of course, the bigger question is how companies who bring their more hard core titles to a Nintendo platform will play out. We have already heard that Epic will be bringing their engine to the platform and so will Crytek. It is clear that this makes it very easy for a number of games to be able to make their way to the Wii U quickly.

Will third party publishers be able to find the elusive success on the Wii U platform that they were not able to find in many cases with hardcore titles on the Wii? That is a question for another day, but developers we have spoken with seem to think that the Wii U is a new ball game; and offers third party developers their best chance to get a bigger slice of the Nintendo pie.

Read the GameSpot Miyamoto interview here.

 

David Stellmack

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+20 #1 NickThePrick 2011-06-22 09:45
Well still, being 50% faster than 6 year old hardware which wasn't top notch even at the time of its release shouldn't be that expensive.
 
 
+5 #2 Jaberwocky 2011-06-22 10:17
does this mean that if the Wii u is to be a hard core gaming platform as well, that we'll end up with Wii u fanboys and Trolls to go with the PS3/PC/Xbox 360/Apple/Intel/Nvidia/ etc.etc......

And therefore would a wii troll become a very small Scottish troll ? :D
 
 
+15 #3 turingpest 2011-06-22 11:01
thought it had a derivative of the r770 for its gpu? only 50% faster than the ps3 and 360? jesus, what's it clocked at? 300mhz?
 
 
+4 #4 Bors Mistral 2011-06-22 14:01
Power limited...

The limiting factor to the speed of the Wii U's is heat, not hardware cost. It's not hard to calculate. If only all the chips inside were manufactured on less than 40nm...
 
 
+15 #5 TechHog 2011-06-22 14:09
This article says nothing. It literally says absolutely nothing. This is amazing.
 
 
+15 #6 bardenck 2011-06-22 14:36
Quoting TechHog:
This article says nothing. It literally says absolutely nothing. This is amazing.


i was gonna mention that myself, lazy i guess.
 
 
+8 #7 Boomstick777 2011-06-22 19:56
Quoting TechHog:
This article says nothing. It literally says absolutely nothing. This is amazing.




+ 1

Think they just added Wii U and power to the title to generate some hits, must be a slow week..
 
 
+1 #8 WarnarI 2011-06-23 04:33
Dont belive this guy. Hes only relying on sources or rumors for Wii U info. While his sources that had reported about the system were wroking on it for games, But that was 1-2month old info and was most likely on dev kit hand-me-downs from nintendo that are around 1-3 years old. Also on this isght another aurthor posted some contradicary info directly from AMD about the GPU, not some inaccurate source, that says nintendo is using the latest in amd gpu tech. Does the radeon 4000 series from 2008 sound like the latest tech? NO! And in a prior article david puts out info from his soyurces that the Wii u is susing the power 6 cpu. Funny, ibm, the maker of the cpu, says that they are using the same type of cpu thats in the watson super computers. That would be the power 7 not 6.
 
 
+1 #9 WarnarI 2011-06-23 04:35
david needs to recheck his info and make an up to date report on the Wii U on actual tech specs and not relying on incomplete info from hidden sources and unconfirmed info from game devs. And he should title it" I was wron, Wii U is not what we thought it was" or something along those lines.
 

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