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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I Can Prove Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt that the Wii U Will Be More Powerful than the Xbox 360 and PS3

This article is part of my "14 days of E3" celebration.

Currently I think it's safe to say around 75% of all media and gamers think the Wii U will be weaker than the Xbox 360 and PS3.  People tend to listen to negative news (most likely rumors with anonymous sources) such as Wii U less powerful than PS3, Xbox 360, developers say, and Wii U’s Total Bill of Materials Estimated at $180. At first when researching for this article I figured I was going to fight rumors with rumors, but thankfully I didn't need to. Here's proof (in my opinion) beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Wii U will be more powerful than the Xbox 360 and PS3.

At E3 2011 Brian Martel form Gearbox said:

"Right now we're still finding out what kind of final tech specs the Wii U is going to have.  But we like the system a lot; we think it's going to be a really cool stop-gap in between this generation and the next generation. We think it's really smart of Nintendo, and the fact that as a platform it's a lot more capable for hardcore first-person shooter-style gaming – for us that's fantastic.  We've got the [Aliens: Colonial Marines] engine running on the Wii U, and as far as the console goes, you're going to see textures at a resolution that you haven't seen on [the current] generation."

Source: IGN

In July 2011 Mike Capps from EPIC said this about the Wii U:
"At the launch event at E3, some of the products that you saw running on Wii U were based on Unreal Engine technology. So that kind of gives you an idea of where we are in that space. You can certainly use our engine on that platform – it's a natural fit from a technology perspective, It opens up some doors that weren't open before on current generation consoles because it is going to be a powerful box."

Source: Industry Gamers

In March, 2012 Gearbox President Randy Pitchford said this about the Wii U: 

"The Wii U version has so much more to offer ... no other platform can do what the Wii U can do {note by TechnoHobbit: He's either referencing the controller, the power, or both}. If you love [Xbox] 360 games, you are not used to being in a world where you have this new interface. But once you get used to that, you imagine the possibilities; there are some opportunities that are just not possible on any platform that does not have that device."
Source: The Verge

In March, 2012 Mark Rein from EPIC said this about the Wii U:

"I like the Wii U. I think E3 will be a big eye-opener for people. I played Batman: Arkham City on the Wii U and they are doing some really cool stuff with the controller. Do you remember the Zelda demo they had on it? Would you not buy a Wii U just to play that? Of course you would. That's what Nintendo is all about. Their hardware is the software delivery service for their great content. That Zelda demo was gorgeous and we can do even more than that with Unreal Engine 3. I think it will do great."

Source: IGN

This is the Zelda demo he was talking about, and if the Wii U is powerful enough to have better graphics than this...

. . . it's basically guaranteed that the Wii U will be more powerful than the Xbox 360 and PS3

In March, 2012 Han Randhawa (art director for Darksiders 2) said this about the Wii U:

"There is not much I can really talk about right now, but I think that the Wii U is a pretty powerful machine, which obviously means more resources, and means you can do a lot more. So the Wii U team is doing very well, we've been working with Nintendo and I think it's going to be a very exciting version of Darksiders but we want to keep the overall theme relatively consistent."
Source: YouTube

In April 2012 Gearbox President Randy Pitchford said this about the Wii U:

"Nintendo still has a lot to announce with their platform, and it's not up to us to go ahead of them. I think it's a great platform and I'm really excited about it, particularly with this game, there's a lot of exciting opportunities like, 'Wow, my motion tracker is there, and I can move it like this!' There's just so much cool stuff. There's a lot that we can do with that screen. It's a really cool system -- it's pretty powerful. I want to be careful, because I don't want to risk any sensitive information that Nintendo's not ready to share yet, but in our experience it's a great system. I think it's a really nice bridge to the next generation. I think people will be surprised. I don't know off the top of my head how many of the specs they've released, so I want to be very careful not to jump the gun, but we're very pleased with the hardware. And even since they gave us our first alpha kit, our very first 'pre-prototype' development hardware that they kind of let us play around with, they've done so many things to make the platform better. So it's getting better for us as developers."

Source: Joystiq

In April 4 2012 Brian Martel form Gearbox said:

“The machine itself will be one of the best looking versions of the game [sic]… because they’ve got more RAM than some of the other things [platforms]“, says Martel. “They’re late in the cycle so they’ve got this really great processor.”

Source: Nintendo-Gamer

In April 2012 , Chris Faylor, from Gearbox Software & Matt Powers form Sega said this about the Wii U version of Aliens: Colonial Marines:

Powers initially referred to the game as “the Wii U port” and Faylor rushed back over to scold him, telling us: “I hate that word. The Wii U version is not a port. Remove it from your vocabulary.”
After that rather tense exchange, we tried to get Powers to talk more about how the Wii U controller would come into play. With the Community Manager standing over his shoulder, he would only say that “there are interesting things you can do with the Wii U controller” and “for an Aliens game, you can probably guess what some of those things are.”

Source: Warpzoned

In May, 2012 Brian Burleson form Gearbox said:

"The Wii U is a powerful, powerful machine and it can do a lot of cool new things. And so the game itself, moving it over to work on the Wii U was not much of a chore. Now the interesting thing is finding out all the cool ways you can use the controller to do new stuff with it. You can imagine all the cool things we can do, with this franchise and having a thing with you, right?"

And the Wii U version of Aliens will "be better" than the PS3 and Xbox 360 version in terms of visuals, he confirmed. Why? Because of "more modern tech".

Source: Eurogamer

In May, 2012 Jeremy Greiner form Vigil Games said this about the Wii U:

If I didn’t have a strict gag order on me, I’d love to talk about all the great features that we have, but what I can tell you is that it’s a next generation platform, and you should keep your eyes open.

We’ll obviously be using the unique controller that it has to its utmost potential, but speaking to specific features or tech effects… well, that’s in Nintendo’s playground right now. And I know that they have plans for E3.

Source: Vooks


Is this proof enough for you that the Wii U will be more powerful than the Xbox 360 and PS3?


  1. No, Nintendo is lost.

    Kinect is the future.

    1. Even if "Kinect is the future", what does that have to do with the Wii U not being more powerful then the Xbox 360 and PS3? Kinect is cool, but so is the Wii U's controller.

  2. Look, and I'll say this one more time for you, we all know that the Wii U is going to be more powerful than the Xbox 360 and PS3. At this point that should be a given and it would be utterly ridiculous if it weren't. The real question and potential issue is how much more powerful it's going to be than those systems and how powerful it's going to be when compared to the actual next-gen consoles it's supposed to be competing with. You know, the sequels to the Xbox 360 and PS3....

    1. Well, first of all, how can you "say this one more time for you" when you haven't told me that before? Yes it would be utterly ridiculous if it wasn't more powerful than the Xbox 360 and PS3, but I steel see a lot of people saying "the Wii U wont even be as powerful as the Xbox 360 and PS3". I believe Wii U will be 2-5 times more powerful than the Xbox 360 and PS3, and 0.2-0.6 times less powerful than the Xbox 720 and PS4.


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