The chips are up
Wii U's IBM Power processor is capable of some pretty good-looking visuals, with full 1080p output, but how powerful is the console overall? We don't know for sure, but one analyst thinks the machine will knock Sony's PlayStation 3 into a cocked hat.
Arvind Bhatia, from firm Sterne Agee, told Industry Gamers:
Some of the developers we spoke to indicated to us that the console will have 50% more processing power compared to the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360. This is yet to be confirmed by Nintendo.
We already know the machine will at least match Xbox 360 and PS3's graphical output, but it would take some serious horsepower to outstrip them by 50%.
How powerful do you think the Wii U will be? How powerful does it need to be, and will it make any difference to your purchasing decision? Let us know.
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