updated 07:15 pm EDT, Tue April 3, 2012
Nintendo pinning hopes on tablet shape over speed
Nintendo's upcoming Wii U console may be less powerful than its predecessor. Citing developers, GamesIndustry.biz reports that, although the tablet-like gaming device may support full HD imaging, its graphics processing power may be less than that of the current generation of gaming devices. This could prove a disappointment to avid gamers when the system is released later this year.
The Wii U is "not up to the same level as the PS3 or the Xbox 360," one developer told the publication, adding "the graphics are just not as powerful."
Another developer indicated that Nintendo had reduced the number of shaders, or visual effects processing cores. In his opinion, the Wii U just can't "keep up."
At the moment, Nintendo appears to be stressing the virtues of the Wii U's tablet form factor, rather than performance, as its main selling point. It may be doing so because it has been forced to trade off capability with costs in order to allow the console, which supports a color touchscreen display, to reach a desired price point. This maybe help in the case of single player games, but in multi-player games, only one person can use the tablet at a time while other players must use traditional Wii remotes.