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Nintendo Wii U: Nintendo Of America President Says Wii U Will Have ‘The Best Graphical Capabilities’

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has told the New York Times that the Wii U will have “the best graphic capability”, putting to rest the numerous discussions online about whether the console will be of a similar graphical capability to Sony’s PlayStation 3 or Microsoft’s Xbox 360.

VB: Have you made any comments about whether the performance will be better than the PS3 or the Xbox 360?

RF-A: Again, the point is not about a comparison versus our competitors. What we’ve said is it will be 1080p. Check the box on the best graphics capability. It will have a robust online environment. Check the box. That will not be a disincentive for purchase.

The specifics of how we get there — we still have a number of months to share more and to show more.The reason we showed that visual demonstration with the bird in the garden is just to reinforce that the visual horsepower of this machine is there.

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      1. you mean according to an anilist i have been looking up all of this that was 1st Devs it could be mutch more powerful than that i mean if the graphics card was DX11 then that is more like 70 or 80% more powerful if thay have a power7 prosesser thats going to be at least 4cors if not more so hoow ever said that was wrong by the way its an oppenGL that can only be compared to DX11 witch means when optomized fore system shold be close to DX12

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    1. hay retard he said that Wii U will be more powerful than the others you cannot read are you just a fan boy by the way if you are a fan boy you are not a true gamer you might be confused about what a gamer is if uoy are a gamer you will by all system in clouding a PC

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  1. Take that Microsoft and Sony! (despite the fact that my ps3 is awesome) but the wii u is probably going to be better than the ps3 :D

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    1. Well it has to be, it’d be quite bad if it wasn’t because it’s eventually going to be competing with the successor to the ps3, so if the ps3 is already better, they’ve got a problem…

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      1. Actually, if Nintendo keeps with the console release schedule they’ve had so far, and Microsoft/Sony go with their stated 10 years between console schedule, the Wii U won’t be dealing with the PS4/Xbox 920; whatever follows the Wii U is what will be dealing with those puppies.

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  2. Hmm.. to me all this says is that the Wii has 1080p, hence the best graphics capability possible. I don’t think reggie said whether or not it’ll be better than the competitors… Am I reading something wrong?…

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  3. Actually, I think you’re misunderstanding him. He said it’s not about comparing with competitors, so he clearly doesn’t then go on to compare the consoles graphical abilities.
    When he says “Check the box on the best graphics capability.” he’s simply referring to the fact that it’s 1080p, ergo full HD. I think you’ve got the wrong end of the stick.

    I generally wouldn’t get tech references from Reggie, he’s great at speeches and marketing; really brilliant. But all he states when discussing graphics in interviews is that it’s 1080p. It may well be more powerful than the Xbox 360 and PS3, but I don’t think Reggie is stating that here.

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  4. 1080p no significa mejores gráficos. solo se ve mejor en un lcd de 50 pulgadas.
    Si WiiU no tiene el doble de poder gráfico (al menos) de Xbox 360 y PS3, le veo el mismo futuro que a Wii

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  5. Thank G-D! I was worried for a sec. I was afraid Wii U wouldn’t be as successful as it could be if it’s graphics were to the rest of the next gen console graphics as the Wii’s graphics is to the PS3 & 360’s graphics…

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  6. I am really confused!!! Can someone please clarify wether the Wii U will have better graphics than the 360 or ps3 or wether the Wii U will be on the same level with the 360 or ps3’s graphics. It would be a dealbreaker if it has the same graphics as the ps3/360 because when the next console from sony or microsoft comes out, the Wii U will look like the Wii looks right now. Please asnwer my question because im really confuse right now . :(

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    1. Reggie never said it would be better – he just said it would be in full HD (1080p). I suspect, from the other stuff I’ve read, that it will be better, but there’s been nothing official yet.

      People are missing a bigger picture here, though; Sony and Microsoft haven’t announced a new console because they aren’t planning on releasing one for a while. Both companies have indicated that they want to switch to a 10-year lifespan for consoles, presumably based on the insanely successful PS2. Nintendo, on the other hand, seems content with its 5 to 6 year cycle. If this continues, the next Sony and Microsoft consoles won’t being going up against the Wii U – they’ll be going up against whatever comes after the Wii U.

      The Wii U, meanwhile, is the only new console coming out in 2012. It’s graphics capability will be at a minimum on par with the current generation, and its processing power may be higher (IBM Watson based CPU, anyone?). It essentially doesn’t have any competition – and that’s why Nintendo won’t make direct comparisons. They don’t want it to be about “Should I buy a Wii U if I have a PS3/Xbox 360?” – they want it to be “Time to buy a Wii U” without consideration of the other systems. Hence, no direct comparisons drawing attention (and free advertising) to other systems. Marketing wise, it’s a pretty neat tactic.

      I’m just speculating of course. I’m a Nintendo fan, but I’m also an Xbox and Playstation fan, and I have no particular preference one to the other as far as the hardware goes.

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  7. Apparently people don’t know how to read an article unless it gets straight to the point, so here’s the bulletpoint version:

    – Yes, it will be more powerful than any console out at the moment.
    – Yes, it will have robust online.
    – All the pieces will come together closer to launch. You can’t say what it will and won’t be right now.

    As long as it holds a competitive position in terms of power like how the Gamecube was 2nd in power during the 6th generation of consoles (1999-2005, GCN 2001-2006), it should do just fine. I’ll trust Nintendo to create and attract some great gaming experiences despite not being the beefiest console around when the PS4 and Xbox 720 show up in 2014.

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    1. It’s not that people are having trouble reading an article unless it gets straight the point. It’s that there hasn’t been any official word from Nintendo whether the Wii U will be more powerful than either the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 and that this comment should not be seen as evidence to prove that it does. 1080p graphics is deemed to be the best you can experience at the moment and what Reggie is explaining here is that you will be able to experience that with the Wii U.

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      1. If we wanf to get technical, the GCN was more capable in some areas than the Xbox, and the Xbox topped GCN in some others. I guess the later PS2 analogy I made was better, because the GCN certainly had cutting edge bite in the 6th-gen console space.

        No official confirmation aside, the only important thing powerwise if for the Wii U to be able to go toe-to-toe w/ the PS4 & Xbox 720.

        I noticed a comment or two higher up saying the Wii U won’t deal with the PS4 or Xbox 720 in its lifespan, but Microsoft and Sony have changed their 10 year plans to an intent to release their next generations in 2014. Microsoft is willing to release something as wlearly as 2013, but it would be a 360 with Kinect built in.

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  8. I think we should all stop being lazy and trying to find all our information from the mini interview and look it up! Look up the exact numbers of “p”s or whatever… im gunna do that right now and find out…

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    1. I said console, not system. The most up-to-date PC will outshine the Wii U, but I’m not really not concerned about that. People buy consoles all the time despite the existence of PCs, and I still see this trend continuing into the next generation.

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  9. If the rumors pertaining to the Wii U containing a modified AMD 4830 card inside, then yes, the Wii U is about 2-3 times more powerful than the PS3 and puts it on par with the last generation PC graphics cards (2008-2009).

    That and a gig and a half of ram (if that is true too) makes this system a beast that will surely stand toe to toe with whatever Sony and Microsoft decide to throw out in a few years. If they tried out doing Nintendo next year, their consoles would cost $600-700+ going by current graphics card prices for the PC.

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  10. If the rumors pertaining to the Wii U containing a modified AMD 4830 card inside, then yes, the Wii U is about 2-3 times more powerful than the PS3 and puts it on par with the last generation PC graphics cards (2008-2009).

    That and a gig and a half of ram (if that is true too) makes this system a beast that will surely stand toe to toe with whatever Sony and Microsoft decide to throw out in a few years. If they tried out doing Nintendo next year, their consoles would cost $600-700+ going by current graphics card prices for the PC

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    1. if its comparablyto DX11 then its more than that but i highly dout that it will be 600 to 700$it wouldn’t sell but it might be 350 to 400$ depending pretty share Nintendo said at a share holders meating that the gpu was comparably to DX11 then we didn’t look at the power7 thats at least 4 cores that IBM said was in it so i think it will be strong enuf to

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  11. I stopped paying attention to the power of a console in terms of graphics around the time GCN released. Going for then best 3D-rendered CGI look seems tedious to me. They should just upgrade accordingly with technology. It was much more fun to watch the transition from 8-bit to 16-bit. So long as Nintendo keeps that “gameplay” factor I’ll be happy.

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    1. That’s a nice way to look at it, but the reality is the Wii was already well obsolete in terms of regular hardware when it hit the market.

      All the commotion surrounds how well they can catch up, and that’s apparently very well. When the PS4 and Xbox 720 come out and the Wii U is able to stand toe-to-toe with them, I’ll happily take your stand on the situation.

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  12. The only people that don’t understand are fanboys of Sony. Notice how they attacked it saying the console was the controller? Notice how they are acting like the bird demo does not exsist. There is even a you tube of it that’s shows a free look cam yet every one claims games will not look like that.

    What nintendo needs to do is to just focus on cool games if they don’t want to lie and hype things like Sony did.

    For some reason gamers are more like a holes every family has one on the Internet. Sony and ms already know the specs anyway. They will not be able to do much better until almost another gpu gen later.

    Gamers can’t afford much more. Nintendo needs it’s new rpg ips sequels on this system. Last story, pandora and xenoblade would be epic.

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  13. For the confused folk out there:

    He means it will be the most powerful graphics on a console machine out at the present time, when it debuts. It will showcase the best graphical capabilities possible at that current time. So yes, more powerful than both XBOX360 and PS3. By how much? We don’t know for sure, exactly, but does it matter? Whether it’s 10% or 90%, it will be better, and you’d be remiss to say that current PS3 graphics are anything but impressive, even with PCs always being fairly advanced by comparison.

    It’s going to impress people. Considering some of the tech demos (i.e. the ones not shown apparently, like the “virtual city” demo at E3) were touted by reporters as being “above and beyond anything out there today,” I’d venture that the fully-completed games we will see in about a year or so, give or take, will impress us even more so.

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  14. The Wii U is the most powerful console out now since it has 1080p. The PS3 has that capability as well but never uses it. It’s more like 780, A little more over xbox 360. The thing that these fans boys piss me off about is talking about sony and micro’s next console being better with greater graphics. Here’s wats wrong with that:

    1) 1080p is the highest resolution
    2)there is a 2160p which no tv can support
    3)the tv’s that do support it cant even be sold to the public
    4)what else can sony and microsoft do to make they’re next more better than wii u

    They’d have to do some critical thinking instead on following behind nintendo’s ideas everytime.

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    1. All you people realize that the wii u is going to have a 4830 which is not very good and the xbox and ps3 surpass this by far. The xbox and ps3 also have far more powerful processors and the ps3 has a ridiculously complex single core with some weird synthetics core’s. While the Xbox has a regular processor with a normal 3.2 ghz tri core which is more powerful that most of the comps you people have and its graphics card is able to tap into some of that processing power. Also the new xbox is going to some out by this time next year or the year after and they have already had multiple prototypes all with graphics cards in either the 6800 serious. Which also means that if xbox is making a new console (since the 360 is so out of date and will not be able to play the new bf3 game because of its incapable graphics power which is the equivilant or better than the wii u’s) this means sony wont be far behind to wow us with a new console. So basically the Wii U is going to be eons behind in the gaming industry just as the orginal Wii was. Plus the Wii serious main selling point is motion control and the xbox360 and ps3 already have better motion sensors than the Wii U’s.

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  15. All you people realize that the wii u is going to have a 4830 which is not very good and the xbox and ps3 surpass this by far. The xbox and ps3 also have far more powerful processors and the ps3 has a ridiculously complex single core with some weird synthetics core’s. While the Xbox has a regular processor with a normal 3.2 ghz tri core which is more powerful that most of the comps you people have and its graphics card is able to tap into some of that processing power. Also the new xbox is going to some out by this time next year or the year after and they have already had multiple prototypes all with graphics cards in either the 6800 serious. Which also means that if xbox is making a new console (since the 360 is so out of date and will not be able to play the new bf3 game because of its incapable graphics power which is the equivilant or better than the wii u’s) this means sony wont be far behind to wow us with a new console. So basically the Wii U is going to be eons behind in the gaming industry just as the orginal Wii was. Plus the Wii serious main selling point is motion control and the xbox360 and ps3 already have better motion sensors than the Wii U’s. Lol the wii U is so fail.

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    1. Lol man… Wii U (is going to have different name at the end) got a POWER7 cpu by IBM 4cores and 16 threads. The other 2 (MS) is going to have about the same cpu, they speak about 6 core 20 threads.. but its not needed for games!

      All games in PC require 2 cores, how about 3-4 cores with all this threads!!!
      The core speed and the gpu matter’s most.

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  16. Although with its odd dvd system for games its games will be able to have more info on thier discs(25gigs) than th xbox’s old fashion dvd(9gigs) system. But the xbox has more hardrive space which is really all that matters in the upcoming future.But the ps3 supases both in hardrive space and blueray discs which hold maore data then both the others combined.(90gigs with dual layer).

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  17. Hey Aaron, please read my previous comment which explains why and how graphics cant get better than 1080p in this current generation. Another thing is the chip that the wii u uses is custom made and confirms that the console is 50% more powerful than Ps3. So everything you just said is a load of crap….

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  20. if they dont cut the Wii U gpu much, then is going to be really power machine.

    The chipset they choose is really strong and got all the features it needs to perform in today graphic engines. But they always cut the SPU’s, So fingers crossed. If it comes with 320 spu (steam processing units), is going to be the strongest, but not sure when 720 and ps4 come out, if its going to make it for a long time!

    If its 400+ SPU’s (at least 400), that means power for many years.

    SPU is more like cuda cores in Nvidia.. Gpu cores.

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