Report – Wii U “not up to the same level” as PS3, Xbox 360

Tuesday, 3 April 2012 03:58 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Anonymous developers have heaped scorn on Nintendo’s new hardware offering, saying it doesn’t live up to current-gen platforms.

GamesIndustry surveyed a number of unnamed development staff reportedly developing Wii U titles, none of whom seemed particularly enthusiastic about the new hardware.

“It’s not up to the same level as the PS3 or the 360,” one said. “The graphics are just not as powerful,”

“It doesn’t produce graphics as well as the PS3 or the 360,” a second source confirmed.

“There aren’t as many shaders, it’s not as capable. Overall the Wii U just can’t quite keep up.”

The second source did note that “some things are better, mostly as a result of it being a more modern design”, but another was unimpressed with the console’s primary selling point: the tablet controller.

“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,” they said.

“The base console has to be on, and you have to be in range. Other controllers are just Wiimotes, or other Wii controllers. They may change the form factor or looks a bit, but it’s the same controller.”

VG247 learned recently that both Sony and Microsoft have new consoles expected to launch by the end of 2013.