Video compares Wii U and PS3 load times

GE: "Nintendo will be improving the Wii U’s load times in April, including the time it takes to boot out of a game and return to the home menu. The company recently released a video highlighting the improvement, so one Japanese gamer decided to create a video and see how it stacks up to the PlayStation 3."

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NastyLeftHook02152d ago

pretty close, but thats not saying much.

Black-Rock-Shooter2152d ago

Yea seeing as the ps3 is over 6 years older.

But if Nintendo keep updating it will get better.

iGAM3R-VIII2152d ago

Yea agreed, also some of the processing power in the PS3 is larger than the WiiU so you cannot really compare the two. Comparing the load times in the WiiU and he Wii seem a bit fair but I really do not know about the PS3 vs. WiiU. Also the fact that the PS3 drive is faster and spins faster than the Wii U. You could compare the load times PS3 vs. 360 but I do not know about PS3 vs WiiU or 360 vs. Wii U. It is still nice to see that Nintendo are making an effort with their system, keep it up Nintendo

SilentNegotiator2152d ago

They also should have gone with faster RAM.

guitarded772152d ago

Most importantly... THEY'RE USING DIFFERENT SOFTWARE!!! That's kinda important for comparisons and benchmarks.

lilbroRx2152d ago

You do know that much older, 20 year old tech swapped much faster than any of this right?

OS load times tend to increase as technology expands, not decrease.

Blackdeath_6632151d ago

there only so much you updating you can do on the same hardware.

TheXonySbox2151d ago

If you buy a wiiu and compare it to anything you are clearly 'slow' or retarded.

Wii U is rubbish casual crap.

herbs2151d ago

iGAM3R you have no idea what your talking about. Wii U disc read speeds are 22mb/s vs PS3 9mb/s and Nintendo uses proprietary Blu-ray Discs. I'm not a fan of people just spreading fanboy Bullshit like butter get your facts straight before posting thanks.

DeadlyFire2151d ago

Well WiiU looks to have 480 Gigaflops + CPU Gigaflops. Maybe 500ish. That's a 25x improvement from the Wii right there. Now they just need to make a 10x improvement next generation after this one for 5 Tflops and they will be set. Top cards coming out this year might be in the WiiU2 in 2020.

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xHeavYx2152d ago

And to think that the PS4 will barely have any load times...

Autodidactdystopia2152d ago

Think again man.

Unless they include an ssd out of the box, its still gonna take a very long time to pull 8gb off the hdd every time. even if the game is installed.

very basic logic there, (in order to fill system ram, one must pull the data from somewhere;the harddisk being both the location of that data and the slowest part on the system short of optical.)

Autodidactdystopia2152d ago (Edited 2152d ago )

One must never state the truth, cause that is upsetting to people who cant handle it.


someone explain to me how to fill system ram in a fraction of a second when loading a game besides getting it either off the game disk or harddisk.

no cause it takes time right or have i missed something?


ok well lotta disagrees, dont expect that to change so

"Gamedata coming from a AAA game disc or a harddrive that utilizes 8gbs of system ram, can indeed be loaded in .032 milliseconds because.... Magic.
- Everyone"

I get it. point taken

Thirty3Three2152d ago (Edited 2152d ago )


They've confirmed it will literally "appear" on. Like, if that makes sense. It won't need to 'load' when being booted up. Really odd, I know, watch the stream though :)

Why am I getting disagrees?! This was confirmed.

This community really does suck sometimes.

flyingmunky2152d ago

I don't think you will have to load a full 8 gb into ram to get the program up and running. Programs these days have a sense of modularity that allows it to load what it needs into ram a piece at a time. For example continuing to load while the screen pops up havok, the gamedev, and the start screen.

Also I do think the next gen consoles should be able to take advantage of ssd's extra speed if someone is willing to burn that much cash, but it shouldn't be a standard.

BitbyDeath2151d ago

Thirty3Three is right.

Here's the quote and link.

"The Sony PS4 will have no boot-up time according to system architect Mark Cerny. Pressing “on” will bring you directly to the home screen."

DeadlyFire2151d ago

All games will have load times until Cloud tech appears. I expect more Hard Drive installs for PS4/X720 to fix loading times to be a little faster.

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jcnba282152d ago (Edited 2152d ago )

This video is pathetic because tokyo jungle is a psn game. They should have been comparing it to an actual ps3 game which take longer to load back to home screen.

AngelicIceDiamond2151d ago

Sorry but the Xbox is faster then both of those.

Drekken2151d ago

And then it burnt down your house.

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Godmars2902152d ago (Edited 2152d ago ), err...

At a total loss why before its update the WiiU loaded slower than the PS3.

I mean, is it really something to crow about when talking up how the WiiU is 3X more powerful than the PS3 when you've just now matched its loading speed?

And again; the PS3 is not the WiiU's generational equal. Its like comparing the N64 to the SNES.

Who honestly really cares? Right now my front running next gen system is the WiiU for the Project X title. I will buy a WiiU when that game comes out.

Meanwhile with the PS4 I'm concerned where the focus on social features and functions will take games on it.

DarkHeroZX2152d ago

the wii U isn't 3x more powerful. it's about 50% or 1.5x more powerful.

thezeldadoth2152d ago

love these so obviously factual numbers.

lilbroRx2152d ago (Edited 2152d ago )

Actually, altogether is around twice as powerful.

On top of the 50% increase in raw gpu horsepower, it also has much more advanced tech in it such as moving from DX9 eqiuvelent graphics to DX10.1 or 11(still not confirmed which is uses) and from Shader Modal 3 to 5.

Its also has over twice as much game usable RAM(the PS3 and 360 dedicated some of their RAM to sound, the os and other system functions. The Wii U gave those things their own RAM pool) and the CPU in the Wii U has 3 cores purely dedicated to gaming that do 3 processes per cycle(the Cell is only single core with 8 SPUs and two of those were used for the OS and Security. The 360's CPU is 3 cores hyped-thread so but 1.5 of its cores are dedicated to the OS, music and sound. Both the Cell and Xenos them only do 1 instruction per cycle as well). Contarary to early reports based on raw clock frequency, the Wii U RAM actually faster than the 360/PS3 in real world performance. All signs point to it being dual channel, meaning its performance is twice what its clock speed suggests.

90% of the technical problems observed on the Wii U right now are "software" issues, not hardware issues.

If the hardware capabilities caused the problem, then there would be nothing that could fix it. This update is only the first for improving system performance. They have another one coming out in the Summer that will improve it even more.


It's 2x as powerful. It also uses 1/3 of the power.

Imagine having a car that has 2x the power of your old car but also getting 3x better gas mileage.

Welcome to the Wii U.

Everyone who compares PS4 to Wii U needs to get their brain checked.

PS4 is a $599 console that consumes 150W-200W

Wii U is a $250 console that consumes 35W

Comparing the Wii U and the PS4 with each other is like comparing a Toyota FRS to a Nissan GTR

jcnba282152d ago

This video isn't even fair, they were comparing a PSN game to a Wii U disc game. I did a real loading time myself here with an actual PS3 game Uncharted 3:

Godmars2902152d ago

And that is the total opposite of what I said.

PopRocks3592152d ago

Hmm. PS3 is still a little faster by a couple of seconds. Nice upgrade, but I think Nintendo should take it further in a future update.

ChickeyCantor2152d ago (Edited 2152d ago )

As much as I want a fast and seamless transitions... Why are we even comparing it to other consoles? It could be very well be that in a year or 2 Nintendo overhauls the interface completely. And even if it doesn't go faster than this, it won't be a factor for purchasing decisions.

As for the video, I don't see the same amount running on the background. So the comparison is flawed. And rather pointless.

lilbroRx2152d ago

Look at the video the person made right above the you using an actual retail game, and not a PSN title.

Krew_922151d ago

The person took their time pressing the buttons though, as the Wii U demonstration too. So in reality in real time play both of these would exit much faster.

Also exiting a game on PS3 by going to the home menu is just adding more time. As holding the PS button and exiting from that menu is so much faster. As the home menu takes a while to load while in game.

abzdine2152d ago

man some people really dont know what to do in their spare time..

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