Wii U CPU / GPU specs vs PS3 and Xbox 360
The specs involved with Nintendo’s new Wii U have been a closely guarded secret up until now, but a hardware hacker has recently published what seems to be the processor and graphics card specs. This gives us the chance to compare the new system with the older Sony and Microsoft consoles, and get an insight into the main differences.
From what has been reported the Wii U is believed to run at less than half the speed of the ancient Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and the details of this are documented by CVG. Apparently, the Wii U processor carries a clock speed of 1.24 GHz, although the GPU core is said to run at 550 MHz, which is the same as the PS3 and a bit faster than the Xbox. While we wait for confirmation of these specs the Wii hacker known as Marcan may have ended the speculation about what is contained inside the console, however we have heard of one developer describing this system as horrible and slow in regards to difficulties with a Wii U port.
There are concerns about the lifespan of this system, especially when the next gen consoles make an appearance, yet the GPU part sounds good and the features are new innovative ideas that give it an edge. Between now and next gen gaming Nintendo’s new system has the chance to make a name for itself, so we are interested to see if the company come up with a response to this hackers claims, as others have also said this is slower than we expected this late in the evolution of gaming.
Comparing all three systems, last week we mentioned how Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is perceived with a visual showdown of all the consoles, which show that both the Xbox and Wii U are similar in presentation ahead of the PS3. When it comes to performance, the Wii U seems to fall short with the Xbox being more dominant and the Sony console is a close second, with the two ancient systems fairing better as far as gameplay is concerned.
In other Nintendo related news, we recently spoke about the new Wii Mini release adding confusion to shoppers during the holiday period, giving parents a headache when it comes to the amount of Nintendo products on the shelf. As far as we know, the new Wii Mini doesn’t seem to bracing the world market just yet, with Canada, being the only territory to receive it this side of Christmas, and it will not be compatible with GameCube software or accessories. There will also be no WiFi contained and this may be something that modern gamers may not appreciate, so we are intrigued to know if the lack of WiFi and backwards compatibility will cause gamers to lose interest in a product like this.