Report: Wii U has twice Xbox 360′s power, still not enough

Wednesday, 25th January 2012 16:52 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

A Develop source has claimed Wii U has twice the processing and graphical power of Xbox 360, but it still contains less than some studios expected.

According to a developer speaking under the condition of anonymity, some designers have complained the new console is still a bit “underpowered compared to what Nintendo announced,” which has resulted in some studios having to “de-scale” current plans.

Rumors over the processing power of the device have been rampant since before E3 2011, when the console was known as Project Cafe.

Various sources claimed the new console would be “significantly” more powerful than both PS3 and Xbox 360, and that it would contain a minimum 512Mb of RAM, an R700 AMD GPU, and contain a TriCore PPC similar to the one in used in 360.

However, it’s impossible at this point to know exactly what kind of hardware is inside the system, as Nintendo’s lording an iron-clad NDA over developers’ heads. Until someone is able to speak freely regarding specs, anything relating to Wii U’s performance will remain speculative.

If the rumors regarding its processing power are to be believed, it will still fall short of the next-gen Xbox rumored to also be in development – reportedly.

Yesterday, IGN quoted a source as saying Microsoft’s next system will be “six times as powerful” as 360 with performance power 20% greater than that of Wii U.

Meanwhile, rumors that Sony are working on PS4 are also all over the net. While the firm maintains it is not ready to contemplate discussing a PS3 successor, it has acknowledged the fact it would be “undesirable” for PS4 to launch later than its competition.



  1. minxamo

    So the next xbox will be 6x as powerful as the Xbox 360, and 20% more powerful than the WiiU, and the WiiU is 2x as powerful as the Xbox 360?
    Something doesn’t add up…

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Razor

    Take no notice, most of it is likely bullshit.

    It’s going to be a very long silly season….

    …and that’s why we love it :)

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Patrick Garratt

    How many PS3s is a Wii U, then?

    #3 3 years ago
  4. KAP


    Too true. These kinds of news is just a means of silly talk with no solid news to speak of. I used to love the little news or rumours but then soon realised the ones who spend all the monies on these systems gets treated like idiots with said info being an example.

    That is all I will say on the matter.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Aimless

    @3 A WiiU rounds to two PS3s. Or ten GameCubes if we’re going to use standardised measurements.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. RandomTiger


    I thought that too.
    I’m assuming the ’20% more powerful than the WiiU’ is the most wrong.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Ireland Michael

    Who honestly cares? The games will either be good, or they won’t.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. DSB

    Razor nailed it.

    Six times as powerful than a doodad. 20% of a thing with a doohicky. All speculative of course.

    Golfclap :P

    #8 3 years ago
  9. OlderGamer

    Time will tell.

    TBH, there is too much focus on what the games will look like graphicly. I want to know more about how they will play. Or even how they will be delivered.

    But prolly best to stay on about looks, as the truth is the games themself will prolly just be more of the same with just new coats of paint.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. stupidvillager

    “However, yesterday a separate insider source told IGN that the next generation Xbox will be “six times as powerful” as its predecessor – the key addition being that this will mean it yields a “20 per cent greater performance than Wii U”.
    That unverified calculation, if true, echoes claims from the Develop source who claims the Wii U is far more powerful than current expectations.” From the same article. So one source says its underpowered from what was expected and another source says its far more powerful than what was expected. But people run with the more negative portion of the article.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Orionas

    “According to a developer speaking under the condition of anonymity”

    I ve seen this poem severall times recently, “I am anonymus and wii U is 10x more powerfull than xbox720, my cousin is miyamoto” will you believe that?

    pfff.. I think the testing machine that appeared in E3, had a 4850 or 4870 gpu with about 1000 gflops??? is that correct? So in matter of graphics, wii U, will be the leader over the xbox720, if it come with a 6670 card. Xbox will be the leader over the cpu.. but do games need 6 core cpus, over quad ones? No they dont..

    #11 3 years ago

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