Rumour: Wii U's CPU comparable to PS3/360, GPU half times as strong.

New rumour from InsideGamer saying that the CPU of the Wii U is as powerful as the PS3 and Xbox 360, but the GPU is only half as strong said by an employee from Ubisoft.

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TheModernKamikaze2299d ago (Edited 2299d ago )

I overestimated it's power supposedly, I thought the CPU would be twice as powerful and the GPU is quad times more since the PS3 and 360 are 7 year old tech. Though this is still a rumor and I am wrong.

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Hisiru2299d ago

Let's keep in mind it's just rumour.

guitarded772299d ago

If it is true, the price better not be more than $300.

gaffyh2298d ago

If it is true, then Nintendo has failed even more at attracting the core gamer. And also third parties, who want at least comparable quality of games across all platforms. A choice between Wii U and PS4 & Xbox 720 & PC, will always result in the Wii U losing out on multiplatform games.

hellztourguide4202298d ago

"core" gamers dont care about graphics as much as gameplay.

Megaton2298d ago (Edited 2298d ago )

@guitarded - Forget $300. It better not be more than $200 if it really has such weak specs.

ProjectVulcan2298d ago

Only a rumour- BUT it sounds realistic from what i have seen.

ALSO 1.5 times as fast = roughly Radeon 4650.

Indeed that is what some people including me had suspected as possible. It is definitely faster than Xenos and RSX, but not by a huge amount and not really enough to do 1080p.

BattleAxe2298d ago

"Rumour: Wii U's CPU comparable to PS3/360, GPU half times as strong."

You have some poor English skills.

xCaptainAmazing2298d ago

This rumour is laughable. anyone who saw AC3 knows it's at the very least on par, end of story.

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SilentNegotiator2299d ago (Edited 2299d ago )

I doubt that it's even THAT powerful. The gameplay of *AC3 and Batman showed some very clear signs of aliasing if you look, and it's just short of fact at this point that they were not playing at 1080p and probably were just at 720p.

In fact, FIRST PARTY WiiU games are already being confirmed 720p 30fps:

1.5x as powerful?

2:21 - Clear signs of aliasing
2:46 - Wall textures no better than ps3/360 version
0:25, 1:50 - flagpole/stocks show clear signs of aliasing
Textures look about the same

< or = 1.5 times as powerful as ps3/360?
Not a very eventful leap.

Ricdog2299d ago

"being confirmed 720p 30fps"

Thats actually higher than most games coming out for the ps3 or 360. People are being duped if they think they are getting 720p in most of their games.

Heck the new Ghost Recon game that just came out has a lesser native resolution than 720p. It can't even be considered truely HD.

SilentNegotiator2299d ago (Edited 2299d ago )

Higher than "most" games?

It worked, Marty! We've traveled to the year 2006!

The new Ghost recon game? Oh yeah, we were all expecting THAT game to impress technically.

Assassin's Creed and Batman have managed 720p 30fps on the ps3/360. The latest AC game used an AA technique as well.

Ricdog2299d ago

"We've traveled to the year 2006!"

I'm not sure about that, where there any games back then that had "true native 720p" resolution? I don't remember.

But what can be said is that if the Wii U first party games are indeed 720p at launch, then they are indeed superior in HD than those released by ps3 or 360 at that time.

Ricdog2299d ago (Edited 2299d ago )

"The new Ghost recon game? Oh yeah, we were all expecting THAT game to impress technically."

Oh so many people dont have a problem with today's games not even be true native HD? OOKKK

Heck Halo 4, which everybody is praising graphically, is finally going to be native 720p. But I know Halo 3 and Reach, weren't. This is the first true HD Halo game. WELCOME HALO!!!!!!!! It took you 7yrs into the 360's lifespan to finally achieve HD status.

kneon2299d ago

It has to be at least in the same ballpark as the 360 and ps3, it's not going to be less powerful, though it's also unlikely to be miles ahead either.

jayzablade2299d ago

if this is how you spend your time, trawling the internet trying to find reason to piss on new hardware....2:21 - Clear signs of aliasing
2:46 - Wall textures no better than ps3/360 version...who in their right mind does that, why would you sit there looking as hard as you can to shit on a new console??!! Are you feeling a little insecure that it maybe be better than your current machine or are you just a complete and utter sad act with nothing better to do with your life....fuckin gimp!!!

jacen1002299d ago (Edited 2299d ago )

sorry but i think nintendo are planning running there games at 720 60fps

Quote "The representative also made a point to note that Pikmin 3, and possibly other Wii U games, will run at 60 frames per second"


neogeo2299d ago

I hope your wrong or I'm a little upset. Let's look at the bright side. Maybe it's unfinished ports, maybe it's the youtube videos, maybe it's simply because they are direct ports to WiiU in a cheap rush and they did nothing to optimization.
Still rumors and I want to hope they are all wrong and WiiU has got more power then this.

What does not add up is how can the GPU be less powerful? Even it it's a old 4800ATI GPU that is a discontinued GPU and is worth less then $20 yet still better then the prehistoric PS3 or 360 GPU's


I don't think you should judge based on ports, specially current-gen games ported to next-gen consoles.

That said, you are spot on about WiiU exclusives allso not impressing. Although we have to consider that this doesn't mean WiiU won't support 1080p, just that none of those games are rendering in this resolution. I really hope it's just Ninty being Ninty and not caring so much about the graphics of their own stuff and that the 1080p support is there.

And your point? Halo 4 is reaching 720p on a 2005 hardware that before could only deal with everything that goes on in Halo in 640p. They are actually improving DESPITE the old hardware.

WiiU in the other hand is coming out late this year. They are setting their STANDARD in the equivalent of current gen best... That's not next-gen-ish at all.

60fps is sweet, specially considering it have to render both the TV image and the controller image at the same time, but it's not a excuse to not follow the current TV standard 1080p. And more importantly, why should we, the gamers, give it a pass?

Of course this is just opinion, don't get me wrong, other people might value any innovation over visuals, more power to them, but personally I had not seen one single function of the WiiU gamepad that is worth the performance hit.

For me innovation is only as good as the purpose it serves. I already can read maps, deal with inventary, scope/scan areas ahead, tilt controller to interact... It's not done the same way but it's done none the less.

Ricdog2298d ago (Edited 2298d ago )


"hey are setting their STANDARD in the equivalent of current gen best" That is more of an assertion barely supported only by the unfinished products as of yet.

The current-gen consoles CLEARLY put their standards as not being HD, since most of their games weren't. The Wii U hasen't set any standard since there have hardly been any producers making games for it yet.

However what can be said is that the very first Wii U launch games (launch games being the weakest a system has) appear as of now to be easily superior to that virtually all games in this generation. Heck Killzone 2 was only 1080i if I remember correctly.

"but it's not a excuse to not follow the current TV standard 1080p" Also there is an excuse, 1080p reduces graphics. The reason many developers would choose 720p, over 1080p, is that it allows them to give extra details and better textures to game than would otherwise be possible.

This has nothing to do with how powerful a system is (you could have whatever graphics card you want), but its simply a matter of principle. Developers could go to 1080p and give a better resolution. OR they could stay at 720p and use the extra resources to add more detailed textures, lighting, etc... to their game. Many would choose the later.

GamingPerson2298d ago (Edited 2298d ago )

consider this. WiiU games look as good as ps3 & 360 titles now.

But when ps3 and 360 came out they didn't look this good until devs started to figure out and optimize the hardware. So I am not saying it will be on ps4 level but wiiU 3 years later might look great!

pixelsword2298d ago

@ ric:

Not even close.

There was a 1080p game on the PS3 at launch time: Ulitmate Alliance.

From Day one there was a full-scale 1080p game, so the console is capable; it's now the coder's job to get their games there.

ChickeyCantor2298d ago (Edited 2298d ago )

You do realise the textures go up to 8kx8k right?
Developers have been working on devkits for a while and you can't say that ports nor early games really show off the console.

The first PS3/360 titles looked like revamped xbox/PS2 games.

ShinMaster2298d ago

You can't generalize all console games with sub-HD 360 games like Halo.

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ABizzel12298d ago

First of all the headline is confusing. The article says the GPU is 1.5x times more powerful than the 360 and PS3. How the headline reads it sounds like the Wii U's GPU is only half as powerful as the 360 and PS3.

But again this is just a rumor, and while it seems likely, I'd much rather believe the rumors "leaked" by the former Ubisoft employee, seeing how he was spot on with all the Ubisoft announcements at E3. Going by his "leak"

>Graphic card will be a Radeon HD 6770
>A lot of Dev-kits were sent to Ubisoft one of them was 4GHz
>The 6GHz one was from 3 months ago
>There will be pre-intstalled software on Wii-U, just like on 3DS
>Their developers have lots of vrsions of the console (???)
>Ubisoft's line-up is this: Rayman Legends, Assassin's Creed 3, Just Dance 4
>Killer freaks from outer space will be aviable a few weeks after launch (ZombieU)
>They showed Ubisoft a lot of new features, some we still have to see
>Assassin's Creed 3 on Wii-U runs at 60 fps, with 1080p, against 360's and PS3's 720p
>Wii-U's launch price was $450, however, Nintendo decided to lower Wii-U's price: the final one hasn't been confirmed yet, but apparently it will be about 350-400$
>Crytek, EA and Valve are working on Wii-U
>He doesn't know much about Valve, but he heard that they are making someone similar to Steam and Portal's franchise
>He knows something about 3DS and Wii-U interaction, but he didn't want to say more
>Wii-U's interface will be the most customizable interface ever made by Nintendo
>Rayman Origins' demo for 3DS wasn't made by Ubisoft, it was made by another team

There's also Vita info that was spot on

>Rayman Legends will come out on Vita as well, just like Rayman Origins (except this one)
>Assassin's Creed 3 will be playable both on PS3 and Vita

He also had something to say about the Nextbox

>Xbox 8's graphic card will be more powerful than Wii-U's

All this was leaked last month, so take it how you want, but this is what I'm going with until final specs. are released.

tee_bag2422298d ago

After 7 years of the PS3/XBOX being out there is no way in hell any competing company would release a new Console with a GPU that has half the power. If that were the case, Nintendo would just keep selling the Wii and not even bother.

I call massive BS on this rumor.

At present day it would cost more $$$ to find a GPU that was 2 times slower to put inside. Pretty much any off the shelf performance GPU is going to be as fast or faster now.

ABizzel12297d ago

The title is misleading, if you read the actual article it says the Wii U's GPU is 1.5 times more powerful than the PS3 and 360. AKA 50% stronger than the PS360, aka if using bad wording "half times as strong".

The Wii U GPU is more powerful, not 50% weaker.

tee_bag2422297d ago (Edited 2297d ago )

Ah thanks for that, the title is misleading. That makes sense. My bad for not reading the article .

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yewles12299d ago

It's the Wii all over again...

TheModernKamikaze2299d ago

If I'm not mistaken I think it's crowd is opening to hardcore gamers now.

SKUD2299d ago

Thats one gigantic mountain nintendo has to climb. I don't see it being succesful. Time will tell.

EmperorDalek2298d ago

is this the same hardcore gaming crowd that is making the Vita a runaway success?

Kos-Mos2298d ago

It`s success all over again...Oh do I hate companies that is successful.

miyamoto2299d ago (Edited 2299d ago )


at least they can sell Wii U at $250 with that specs.

yewles12299d ago

Translation error, it means "1.5 times as strong", or "50% stronger"...

TheModernKamikaze2299d ago

yeah sorry about that, new translation added. :)

Kamikaze1352299d ago

Even if it wasn't as strong as the PS3, including a tablet will ensure that it won't sell for below $300-$350.

kneon2299d ago

Keep in mind that this isn't a full blown tablet, it has little local processing power or memory and a smaller, cheaper screen. I expect the new controller to retail at no more than $100. $300 is probably a reasonable guess for the whole system.

neogeo2299d ago

It's not a tablet. look it up it's a very cheaply made touch screen. That's all it does. Like a portable TV touch screen.

$59.99 is the price confirmed by friend of a friend that has a second cousin's Father's friend's brother that used to work at Gamestop:)



"$59.99 is the price confirmed. Source? My gut feeling".

There, fixed it for ya.

And I actuallly agree with you, people are thinkning it costs a lot but they don't see it's just a common gamepad combined with a cheap toouchscreen, all the processing is done by the console, not the controller (which is a cleaver decision).

The only way we'll see the cost out of this ballpark is if Ninty pull a Kinect, it's new and people may be willing to pay a lot for the new cool toy at first.

LOL_WUT2299d ago

Are you sure about that?

SSKILLZ2298d ago

next-gen doesn't start until Sony says so