Anonymous Sources Talk Wii U’s Sub-Par Graphics
According to a post on GamesIndustry, anonymous sources within developers have determined that the Wii U’s graphics prowess packs less of a visual punch than those of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, putting Nintendo’s latest console behind the next-generation before it even launches.
“It’s not up to the same level as the PS3 or the 360,” one developer is quoted as saying. “The graphics are just not as powerful.”
Another anonymous developer has supposedly corroborated that assessment, saying, “Yeah, that’s true. It doesn’t produce graphics as well as the PS3 or the 360. There aren’t as many shaders, it’s not as capable. Sure, some things are better, mostly as a result of being a more modern design. But overall the Wii U just can’t quite keep up.”
Now, it’s certainly somewhat disappointing to hear that the graphics won’t be up to the same level as hardware that’s already around six years old…but at the same time, are graphics the most important part of the Wii U? I just want it to not look like shit and be fun—that’s what I’m focused on, at least. The tablet controller is starting to sound interesting, especially with the hints and praise that some developers have been dropping lately. While I’d like to know that the graphics would be as good or better than the current crop of consoles, at the same time, maybe the “can’t quite keep up” graphics will help keep the sure-to-be expensive to manufacture Wii U at a relatively low price.
Think about it this way: a tablet controller with a touchscreen has got to be at least a little pricey, and that’s costs that Nintendo will likely eat in order to make the price point attractive to consumers. They’ll make up any lost manufacturing money on the sale of games, which is the basic method that companies employ when they release new hardware. But having super amazing graphics processing hardware would certainly drive costs up—so making the visuals “good enough” for high definition while pushing the innovative elements of the Wii U’s controller might be the smartest move.
I don’t really know anything, of course—this is all just random speculation and talking out of my butt. What do you think? Are you disappointed by the prospect of a new system with graphics that aren’t up to 360 and PS3 standards? Or are graphics less of a consideration these days, since everything looks pretty damn good already?