Next-Gen: Wii U 'Can't Keep Up' With PS3 And Xbox 360 - Report

Adam Barnes


The Wii U won't quite jump start the next-generation of consoles if negativity from developer sources is to be believed.

Published on Apr 3, 2012

Nintendo has had a hard task convincing consumers of upcoming Wii U's merits, but this won't be helped by recent developer sources who claim Nintendo's next-gen console won't be able to compete with PS3 and Xbox 360.

Speaking with GI, one unnamed developer currently working on the Wii U said "[The Wii U is] not up to the same level as the PS3 or the 360," claiming it was the console's inability to produce graphics that made it inferior.

Another developer source reiterated the point, saying "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."

It's not all bad, since the same developer said "some things are better, mostly as a result of it being a more modern design" but on the whole "the Wii U just can't quite keep up."

Even the Wii U's unique selling point - that snazzy looking tablet-style controller - isn't a particularly great feature, according to GI's industry source.

"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."

The developer then references the PS3/PS Vita compatibility, stating "you can do everything with that combo that you can with the Wii U, and more."

Of course this is all a matter of developer perspective, a Darksiders 2 developer recently stated that the Wii U was as powerful as the PS3 and Xbox 360 - so who's right?

Either way, Nintendo has a long way to go if it's to convince consumers and developers alike ahead of the recently rumoured release date of the Wii U on the 18 November 2012.

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