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Wii U Will Get Last-Gen Radeon

Wii U has last-gen Radeon inside, still more advanced than PS3 and Xbox 360, CryEngine-built software is already close to fully running on Nintendo’s next-generation console. At its heart is a chip similar to the R770 found in AMD’s last-gen cards like the 4890 and the ustom core also supports Direct X 10.1 and also Eyefinity-like multi-display tech for up to four SD video streams………..

 

An interesting new report has emerged on one of the specs that was still in the dark up until recently about Nintendo’s big new Wii U system and  for those who were wondering about its power, there’s good news and also bad news about the GPU that the Wii U is packing. Nintendo‘s upcoming Wii U console will contain a custom Radeon graphics processor that, despite being based on last-gen technology, trumps the visual processing power of both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. For all the promise of the Wii U and its unique features, Nintendo‘s E3 press conference reveal was more confusing than anything else. Introduced by way of the WiiPad tablet controller thingy, the words new console never actually came up until late in the presentation, when Electronic Arts boss John Riccitiello took to the stage to talk about third-party support. The Wii U is indeed a new console and a fairly powerful one if reports are accurate. The chip is apparently built on Radeon’s last-gen technology, seen in the company’s Radeon 4xxx line of video adapters. While those cards have since been updated in the 5xxx line, note that this is still more powerful than the visual processing power of either the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 consoles. The Wii U chip will be capable of delivering DirectX 10.1-level eye candy.

 

This should be good for Nintendo through 2012 and probably 2013 as well, but sooner or later Microsoft and Sony are going to fire back with new console offerings. Sony may have a 10-year plan for the PS3, but that doesn’t mean something won’t come along to kick the console down to PS2-level pricing. As for Microsoft, a new console announcement is almost a foregone conclusion for sometime next year. The Xbox 360 is still a powerful device (just look at what it does with Skyrim) and the Xbox Live community is without a doubt, the most active online gaming community out there, but the aging console, first released in 2005, isn’t going to be able to keep pace for too much longer. The last thing Nintendo needs is to find itself in another situation where its own product lags behind the competition. The Wii was immediately popular with a much wider audience than most game publishers and console makers were used to at the time, but the years that followed have shown that the casual games aren’t enough on their own to sustain a home gaming platform. With the Wii U announcement, Nintendo has officially launched the eighth console generation. For more information visit.

 

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