Posted by Chris Scott Barr on May 29, 2012

Wii U To be “Around 50% More Powerful Than Current Gen Systems”

With Nintendo’s big E3 press conference just a week away, more rumors about their upcoming console are piling up. One of the biggest questions about the Wii U is whether or not Nintendo is going to bring up a leap in power and graphics like we used to see with their older console generations. Or will they simply make a machine that is only slightly better than the current offering, much like they did with the Wii?

Rumors indicate that the forthcoming console will be considerably faster than the current one. How much faster? Roughly 20x (yes, that’s twenty times) faster than the Wii. To put it another, way, it should be at least 50% faster than the PS3 and Xbox 360. This power will come in the form of a scaled down IBM 710 Express chip which will drive the console. According to the rumor, it will be able to execute up to 8 threads at the same time, thanks to the four cores, and the ability to run 2 threads per core.

While the hardware does sound like a nice upgrade, there are still a lot of unknowns about the device. It shows promise, but I think what the consumers need is to know that the new controls won’t be gimmicky, and that developers will be able to properly make use of the motion controls. We’ll let you know what we find out when we begin our E3 coverage next week.


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