WiiUDaily.com is reporting that a unnamed Japanese developer has leaked some specs of the upcoming Wii U to them. The supposed specs of the Wii U are a 3ghz Quad-Core CPU based on Power-PC architecture (which is what all the current console use) and 768mb of RAM. Compared to the current Wii system this is quite a bump in power, but not so much when compared to the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.
The chart below shows a comparison of the Wii, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3 system specs – to these rumored Wii U components.
1, http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/14/wii-u-has-last-gen-radeon-inside-still-more-powerful-than-ps3-a/ Green indicates the best component out of all the systems. Red indicates worst.
These rumored components would give the Wii U a more powerful GPU and CPU than both the PS3 and Xbox 360 (though the theoretical capacity of the Cell processor is still unknown) and more RAM – but both those systems are over 5 years old. This may give hope that the Wii U will be more comparable to the next generation of Sony and Microsoft’s consoles. However, if you compare the original Xbox to the Wii you will find comparable specs, meaning the Wii U may be just as outdated as the next Playstation and Xbox.
The developer, who is working on porting a PS3 game to the Wii U, says that Nintendo currently has two versions of the console in testing. One with 768mb of RAM, and another with 1GB of RAM thats on the same chip with the processor, allowing it more memory bandwidth. It was reported that Intel was working with Nintendo in using CPU’s with integrated DRAM earlier this year. It’s unknown if this source is right.