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Submitted by Nyxus 1402d ago | rumor

Wii U 'twice as powerful as Xbox 360'

Nintendo’s next generation hardware will be roughly twice as powerful as Microsoft’s current system, the Xbox 360, according to a studio source speaking to Develop. (Next-Gen, Wii U)

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fooxy  +   1402d ago
Which means you still getting hardware that was good around 2008 for premium price
admiralthrawn87  +   1402d ago
and what's funny is its roughly the same power as the new xbox. it might be the difference between a 360 and ps3. so you'll have to make the same negative comments about all next gen systems
FriedGoat  +   1402d ago
What is funny is you have no idea what is in the new xbox and it is all just speculation.
Solid_Snake37  +   1402d ago
I actually expected more for a console released in 2012
darthv72  +   1402d ago
what's even funnier is that if its 'twice as powerful as Xbox 360' it would be twice as powerful as a PS3.

The 360 and PS3 are more alike than they are different. Bluray format would be the real differentiating factor between the two.

So theoretically if the Wii-u is more powerful than one then it would be just as more powerful than the other.
dark-hollow  +   1402d ago
Why every wii u rumor is treated like a fact here?
PC_Enthusiast  +   1402d ago
Because alot of people in here are dumb and believe anything that they're being told!!
torchic  +   1402d ago
like I said before, folk on N4G are like sardines. easy to catch
ChickeyCantor  +   1402d ago
What dev kit?
How are the metrics calculated?
dericb11  +   1402d ago
They got that info these. They sell them online for $19.99. Its call a "Random BS Generator". Whenever you need to make something up on the fly it does the job for you. Most one bubbles have them.
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admiralthrawn87  +   1402d ago
this unknown random site makes random claims from an unknown dev. lol yeah that sure is credible. all the proof i need.
eldeladi  +   1402d ago
Which means, Wii U is as powerful as the PS3.
ChickeyCantor  +   1402d ago that why both of em struggled at 720p & < ?
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GamingTruth  +   1402d ago
struggled at 720 yet pc cant run our 720p exclusives at any p
kramun  +   1402d ago

We don't need to, that's why we have consoles as well. For everything else, there's the pc to play it on with all the bells and whistles we don't get with our consoles.

It would be great to play the console exclusives with no limit on graphic capability but it isn't a perfect world. If it was, everything would be playable on pc. And moddable.

But sadly we have to play those games on limited hardware. Ho hum.
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GamingTruth  +   1402d ago
with no limit? yeah it would be nice, the only way youd be able to play ps3 exclusives would be in the form of a cutscene on your pcs it surely wouldnt be realtime, limited hardware that produces graphics that your pcs wish they could produce
chanmasta  +   1402d ago
GamingTruth, you really have no idea what you're talking about.

NiKK_419  +   1402d ago
I thought GamingTruth was just trolling, but then I saw his comment history and now I think that he's just that out of it.
chanmasta  +   1402d ago
Yeah, he actually PM'ed me too... I couldn't understand it; it was just a bunch of words strung together.
iNFAMOUZ1  +   1402d ago
exactly dont know why u got disagrees
Dread  +   1402d ago
based on your ridiculous claim, i can also say that the original xbox must have been at least four times as powerfull as the playstation 2.
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SoundGamer  +   1402d ago
New Xbox is rumored to be six times more powerful than the 360. So what you're telling me is that Nintendo's next gen system will once again be considered last gen quality in a few short years? Nice....
AWBrawler  +   1402d ago
even if it is that just means they will be laughing their way to the bank again talking about how the other 2 thought power alone was enough
JellyJelly  +   1402d ago
Going by the N4G logic that means that the Wii-U will be half as powerful as the PS3.
ape007  +   1402d ago
no I disagree the ps3 slightly more powerful than the xbox 720

Solid_Snake37  +   1402d ago
My ipod touch is 8 times more powerful that the xbox 360 and ps3 combined
cochise313  +   1402d ago
shouldn't this be more powerful considering it's seven years newer than the 360? twice as powerful isn't much to brag about since the competition has had a console out almost a decade.
lionelglitchy  +   1402d ago
so if you belive everything on n4g it goes like this,wii u is 50% faster then xbox360 which is equal to ps3 but xbox 720 is 6 times faster then 360 and 20% faster then wii u,i am quite good at math but this is fucked up
Vortex3D  +   1402d ago
Remember marketing (including developers that got influenced) will twist the math however they want to come out with large number. And many gamers easily get sold without any proof.

That's why proof it with games. I can't play a number no matter how large it is.
Vortex3D  +   1402d ago
Prove Wii U in games (not poorly coded games) than I'll believe. Simply saying the hardware is twice as powerful is meaningless because without games to prove it, the hardware is just a paper weight.

Remember argument that PS3 hardware is powerful than X360. Need games to prove it.
bergoo  +   1402d ago
"twice as", "five times as" "20 percent more than".

instead of getting your panties in a bundle, just relax, stay calm, wait and see!
enkeixpress  +   1402d ago
... And Xbox Next & PlayStation 4 will be like 10x more powerful than both of them combined!

What's your point??
closnyc2  +   1402d ago
so according to rumors the new xbox is 6 times more powerful than the 360 while wii u is only twice more powerful than the 360, yet the new xbox is only 20 percent more powerful than the wii how is the wii u only twice as powerful?
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yabhero  +   1402d ago
In IGN we trust.
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Crillvirus81  +   1402d ago
Well on a article on ign I read last nite they said he new Xbox will be 20% stronger the the wii u so let's just wit and see cause what really matters are the games and in that department nintendos great
swice  +   1402d ago
Let the pissing contest begin
OcularVision  +   1402d ago
It began like 40 minutes before.
nightcrawler  +   1402d ago
I will buy it :)
Shackdaddy836  +   1402d ago
The comment about the next xbox being six times as powerful as the current one cant be true.. No next gen console will be that powerful and stay competitively priced...
StraightedgeSES  +   1402d ago
so the Wii u is twice as powerful a 360 but the next Xbox is 6 time more powerful than the 360. fan boyish much
Burning_Finger  +   1402d ago
Nintendo doesn't really have a powerhouse developers that will utilized that power; so what's the point?
Joegrine20  +   1402d ago
Im sorry sir but i will really need to burn your finger
closnyc2  +   1402d ago
nitendo did wonders with wii when no developer could even do a decent job at graphics, so yes, nintendo has the ability to utilize their own system to max
josephayal  +   1402d ago
50% more powerfull than 360 and 29% than PS3, Congrat to Nintendo and WII U Engineers
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AWBrawler  +   1402d ago
I hope it is once again the weakest console, so that it will be most affordable, and I get to laugh again at the supposed gamers who brag on Power. When has power ever been the top console?
Dno  +   1402d ago
yes but what games are u playing?

360 and ps3 kill the wii in games. the number yearly wii gets is almost silly low.

Devs will once again make games on the consoles that can handle them and wii u will again be withou games.
AWBrawler  +   1402d ago
I love my selection of games on the Wii. I am not loaded with money, so I was still buying '08 games last year, so I have more than enough to play.

I prefer Japanese style games over western styled, but last year alone I purchased

Skyward Sword
Super Paper Mario
Sonic Colors
Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon
Phantom Brave
Lost winds Melodias Winters (Wiiware)
Punch out!
Sin and Punishment Star successor
and No More Heroes Desparate Struggle

so yea, I stand by my stance that I hope it is weakest. The weakest system usually has more imaginative games because they know they can't compete graphically with realistic artstyles, which I don't care much for
yabhero  +   1402d ago
but considering 720 and WiiU will be close in power we'll se alot of multiplats.
AWBrawler  +   1402d ago
Thats even better, now I get to play those WiiU games plus the most recent Ninja Gaiden and Tales series games
ZippyZapper  +   1402d ago
The Wii U will sit right next to my 360. I just need to buy a new shelf for the games. Darksiders will be the first game I get. Mario and Zelda finaly in HD :)
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Half-Mafia  +   1402d ago
The next gen of consoles (PS4,720,WiiU) is going to be so messed up for developers.

WiiU is 2x more powerful then 360.
720 is 6x more powerful then 360, x86 or ARM?
PS4 will probably be 6-8x more powerful then PS3.

How are devs meant to make great multiplat games when the 3 consoles are so different. Also with the development costs going through the roof
Shok  +   1402d ago
This report is false.

The 720 is supposedly using a 6670.
The Wii U is using a 4870.

If you compare both GPU's you'll see that the 4870 is twice as powerful as the 720's GPU.

But even if IGN's article was correct (when they said the 720 is 20% more powerful than the Wii U), that would still imply that the Wii U is more than just twice as powerful as the 360.

Either way you cut it, it's wrong.
GraveLord  +   1402d ago
"If you compare both GPU's you'll see that the 4870 is twice as powerful as the 720's GPU."

6670 is 2 generations ahead of the 4870.
The 6670 is more powerful.
Shok  +   1402d ago
As I said, ACTUALLY compare both. All because a GPU may be later gen then another doesn't mean it's always better. Never mind, I'll do the comparison for you:


Core Clock and Shader clock: 750 Mhz
Memory Bandwidth: 115.2 GB/s
Pixel Fill Rate: 12000 Mgpixels/s
Texture Fill Rate: 30000 MTexels/s

Now compare it to the 6670


Core clock speed and shader clock: 800 mhz
Memory Bandwidth: 64 Gb/s
Pixel Fill Rate: 6400 Mpixels/s
Texture Fill Rate: 19200 MTexels/s

So there you have it. It's not that hard, all you have to do is RESEARCH, use Google. It's so easy.
Shackdaddy836  +   1402d ago
It's 2 gens ahead, but that doesn't mean it's more powerful. You can't just base power on the number.

Here's a list of benchmarks I found:

If you look, 4870 scores a couple places higher than the 6670 (6670 is ranked 79 while 4870 is ranked 49). I wouldn't say the 4870 is twice as powerful (performance-wise), but it's far from weaker...
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Lyle91  +   1402d ago
@GraveLord - No.
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Ducky  +   1402d ago
"6670 is 2 generations ahead of the 4870.
The 6670 is more powerful."

That made my brain hurt.
You're comparing cards of a different series (X600 vs X800), so you need to take that into account.
Ness-Psi  +   1402d ago
i hope they use a 5870 instead i have that in my pc and its an awesome card.
Reborn  +   1402d ago
Oh, another rumour starting a fire in here?

Sheesh. How about you just wait and see what it does, when it launches?
PopRocks359  +   1402d ago
Thank you. Finally someone says it. *dramatic clap*
Ihaa  +   1402d ago
The rumors don't match. The Wii U is 2x a 360 but then the nextbox is 6x the 360 but the wii u is 20 percent less powerful. Really, I doubt they're true at all. There's still a lot of planning being done on both systems atm, so nothing is concrete.
zero_cool  +   1402d ago
ATI Radeon HD 4870 VS. AMD Radeon HD 6670 Graphics...

Cheers Gamers & Happy Gaming!
2v1  +   1402d ago
My mouse is more powerful that the xbox 360 and ps3 combined ...
2EHO  +   1402d ago
Funny! There was a recent developer that said the final dev kits for Wii U were more powerful than expected. Rumors say that there has been about 5 dev kits... Which one does this guy have? I don't think he has the final one... Final wii u dev kits should be about 20% less than nextbox. Haters can hate... But truth is all next GED consoles will have comparable power even Wii U... People forget so soon how many beautiful games gamecube had... Nintendo knows how to make decent hardware also people.
manman6  +   1402d ago
Is the PS3 twice as powerful as the XBox
PopRocks359  +   1402d ago
It was supposedly considerably stronger than the 360, though I'm not sure it had more so to do with playing games or for its other features like background downloading or its other apps. The problem was the PS3 was difficult to develop games on, so most multiconsole titles were made with the 360 in mind first.

I reckon something similar with the Wii U may happen given that it's supposed to be a very open and easy piece of hardware to work with. If Valve digs it, then it's got to be worth looking at.
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