Rumor Patrol: Wii U Only as Powerful as a Current Xbox 360

Rumor Wii U Might be Just as Powerful as Xbox 360

The recent releases of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land have brought in a lot of positive buzz and profits for Nintendo to kickstart this holiday season. With all of this holiday cheer however, comes more rumors about the Wii U - with the latest reports claiming the system may only be as powerful as the current Xbox 360.

Nintendo has already claimed that the Wii U will be a serious competitor in the next generation of HD consoles with Reggie Fils-Aime, also stating that the next Nintendo console will be "competitively priced" to compete in the next gen.

"Competitively priced" may translate into "more expensive" - though, if the Xbox 720 happens to be cheaper than the Xbox 360 price at launch, Nintendo might want to make sure they look carefully at their pricing strategy. It doesn't help that a significant number of polled Japanese gamers don't seem to care about the Wii U.

Back in June Shigeru Miyamoto came forward and stated that the Wii U will only be slightly more powerful than current gen consoles. If the system specs below are any indication, then what Miyamoto said will be true and the Wii U will be on par with the current generation of consoles (PS3 and Xbob 360) - something many have feared would be the case. If this is true then gamers will not be too keen on paying more for something they can purchase now for less - a point our own Anthony Taormina brings up in the latest Game Ranter Banter.

Check out the rumored specs below:

  • Quad Core, 3 GHz PowerPC-based 45nm CPU
  • 768 MB of DRAM “embedded” with the CPU, and shared between CPU and GPU
  • Unknown, 40nm ATI-based GPU

The source of these rumors, Wii U Daily, also mentioned that Nintendo is testing two versions of the console, one with 768 MB of RAM and one with 1 GB, and that this memory is on the same chip as the processor.

According to Reggie, the Wii U is gearing up to disrupt the market with innovation like the Wii, DS and 3DS before it. Assuming the par-for-the-course specs are true, innovation will have to be the deciding factor as to whether the console will be able to compete with the Xbox 720 and PS4. Nintendo definitely has a good track record with new and unique products - and there's no doubt that gamers are anxious to see what they do with the Wii U (for better or for worse).

How much do you think Nintendo can charge for the Wii U - assuming the specs are accurate?

The Wii U is set to launch sometime in 2012.


Source: Wii U Daily

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