With the Wii-U announced today, how does it stack up against the current-gen consoles? We’ve taken the released Wii-U specs and put them up against recent PS3 and Xbox 360 models.
Playstation 3 – 360GB Slimline
Launch price: £269.99
Console Dimensions: 325 x 98 x 274mm
Processing Power: Cell Processing unit with PowerPC based core
Connectivity: AV Output, HDMI, USB 2.0, Optical Audio, Ethernet
Features: Blu-Ray Drive, Nvidia RSX Graphics, Cell Processor, Built in Hard-drive, Built in Wifi
Interface connectivity: USB / Bluetooth Controllers, Playstation eye / Move controllerSupported Formats: 1080p, 720p, 480p 1080i and 576i
Xbox 360 250gb Slimline
Launch Price: £199.99
Console Dimensions: 270 x 75 x 264mm
Connectivity: AV, HDMI, Optical Audio, USB 2.0
Features: Built in Wifi, 45 nanometer integrated CPU and GPU, ‘,Whisper quiet system’, built in hard-drive,
Interface connectivity: USB/Wireless controllers, Kinect Camera
Supported Formats: 1080p, 720p, 480p 1080i and 576i
Processing Power: Customized IBM PowerPC CPU with 3 dual-threaded cores
Launch Price: TBA
Console Dimensions: 45 x 165 x 255mm
Connectivity: HDMI, component, S-video, composite, four USB 2.0 ports and is backward compatible with all Wii accessories and controllers
Features: IBM Power-based multi-core processor
Interface connectivity: 6.2″ 16:9 touch-screen on controller as well as a Power button, Home button, +Control Pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons and ZL/ZR buttons. It includes a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, rumble feature, camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, a sensor strip and a stylus
Supported formats: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i
Launch Price as always will play a major factor in the success of the Wii-U. There is no doubt that with the controllers design and interface, it could well be an expensive console, this is unfortunately something that we’ll have to wait for time to tell. Traditionally the Nintendo products have faired well against the Xbox and PS3, but with current drops on Sony and Microsofts HD systems, can the Wii-U really gain the initial boost or will the price be an off-put?
In terms of Size the Wii-U comes out on top for us. It’s all about the compact systems, somethng the wii always did well, so it’s good to see that Nintendo have not dropped this! Whilst the Xbox and PS3 have now undergone their “slimline” refits, the Wii-U is launching smaller – which is a bonus for Nintendo!
Connectivity would have destroyed Nintendo if they hadnt finally hit onto HDMI, it is however a shame that as a new console it does not incorporate USB 3.0. The PS3 and Xbox understandably do not have USB 3 y, but the potential for this in future models is high and could allow a much faster gaming experience, so the Wii-U being on par is a bad thing for Nintendo.
Now in terms of backwards compatibility the best example would be the Wii vs the Wii-U and the Xbox slim vs old Xbox 360. Harddrives and memory units – pretty key pieces of kit – were no longer available for use with the Xbox Slim, whereas the Wii-U seems to build on this error as ALL tech is backward compatible, leaving no wastages for gamers! This is great as it means people won’t necessarily be buying new kit.