Analyst claims Wii U can run circles around a PS3/Xbox 360

There's no doubt that Nintendo stole the show at last week's E3 with its new 6.2-inch touchscreen Wii U controller. Without providing much on the actual Wii U console itself, gamers have been left in the dark as to how powerful it is. A new report says the Wii U is 50 percent more powerful than a PS3/Xbox 360.

According to Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia who claims certain developers he's spoken to say Nintendo's new console is one beefy monster, there's not much on the side of official confirmation.

"Some of the developers we spoke to indicated to us that the console will have 50 percent more processing power compared to the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360. This is yet to be confirmed by Nintendo."

Logically speaking, the demo reel that Nintendo showed off at E3 does hint at PS3/Xbox 360 performance in terms of graphics (Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Aimes admit to using PS3/Xbox 360 footage), but would a 50 percent performance boost actually mean anything?

Let's just say the difference will be negligible. In terms of evolution, it only makes sense that the Wii U will be slightly more powerful than the PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles that were released in 2005 and 2006 respectively. Five to six years of CPU/GPU improvements leaves a whole lot of room for Nintendo to outspec its rivals.

In addition, we also know that the Wii U will accept proprietary optical discs with up to 25GB of storage (most likely based on Blu-Ray) and its CPU is supposedly based off IBM's Watson supercomputer. On these two specs alone, we'd expect the Wii U to at least match the PS3 in capabilities when it's released. Can a PS3 churn out IBM Watson-like computations?

Of course, until the Wii U actually ships, Nintendo confirms, somebody takes it apart or developers actually show games with more detail, more polygons, more whatever to prove the Wii U is 50 percent more powerful, Bhatia's and anybody else's claim is pure fodder. Besides, if the Wii U's streaming functions between the TV and controller with no noticeable lag (seriously, we tried this thing out!) isn't an indication that the hardware is going to be more than capable, then what is?

IndustryGamers, via Ars Technica

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