Developers Admit Wii U Less Powerful than PS3, Xbox 360

In news that I assume Nintendo and next-gen fans don’t want to hear, some sources are saying that Nintendo’s upcoming “next-gen” console, the Wii U, isn’t even on par with the PS3 and Xbox 360.

The sources, who spoke on a condition of anonymity with GamesIndustry, spilled the beans and they are not good…not one bit. Keep in mind that these are people who are working with the Wii U platform itself so they actually know what they’re talking about.

One source claims, “No, it’s not up to the same level as the PS3 or the 360,” and even reiterates, “The graphics are just not as powerful.”

This unnamed developer isn’t alone. Another developer at a major company shared the same sentiment and added, “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 it being a more modern design. But overall the Wii U just can’t quite keep up.”

This is certainly bad news – especially for uninformed people taking the plunge and expecting “next-gen” graphics. Now, if you think that the console’s graphics shouldn’t matter much since it does have a tablet as its controller input – think again – as the sources aren’t so hot on the thing either.

Notes one source regarding the Wii U’s controller, The whole thing about the tablet controller is that you only get one of them, and you can only use one and it’s not completely independent…The base console has to be on, and you have to be in range.”

This same source also reveals that the console’s other controller inputs are “just Wiimotes or other Wii controllers,” and even added that while Nintendo can change how the controllers look, it’s essentially the same controller as the Wii.

While it’s hard to spell doom-and-gloom for a console we hardly know anything about, it’s also worrying when the actual people making the games admit it’s not as powerful as the consoles we have now. If so, what’s the point of upgrading, no?