Rumor: How Much Power Will the Wii U Pack?

According to some reports, the Wii U will be nothing more than a juiced-up Xbox 360. Then again, that’s also what was said about the system’s predecessor — just drop the 360 in the comparison console’s title. The rumor comes courtesy of Wii U Daily, which says these specification speculations come from a developer that’s porting a PlayStation 3 game to Nintendo’s next-gen console.

Regardless of what the system will be capable of graphically, Nintendo of America’s Reggie Fils-Aime says processing power is only a small part of the equation. Certainly that’s true. After all, with three consoles of comparable graphical output on the market, the Wii U will need to differentiate itself somehow and that fancy touchscreen controller isn’t going to sway everyone.

What do you think? How important is processing power in the grand scheme of things with the Wii U’s launch? Take a look at the speculation after the jump.

Alleged Wii U Specifications
Quad Core, 3 GHz PowerPC-based 45nm CPU
768 MB of DRAM “embedded” with the CPU, and shared between CPU and GPU
Unknown, 40nm ATI-based GPU

For comparison’s sake, here are the Xbox 360‘s and the PlayStation 3‘s.

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Eder Campuzano

Eder is a journalism major at the University of Oregon and copy chief of Flux, the School of Journalism and Communication's flagship magazine. When he's not playing video games or writing about them, Eder enjoys going to concerts, walking the UO campus with his trusty iPod, James McCloud, and climbing steep hills in running shoes. His favorite games include Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong Country 2, Bioshock and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

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