Wednesday, August 3, 2011

EA: Wii U can do "anything" PS3 & Xbox 360 can

Based on new dev kits EA has received from Nintendo, EA vice president claims Wii U can do "anything" that PS3 and Xbox 360 can do. He adds, their early research has made them “very happy” with the output of the kits and expects it to get better with more hands-on time.

"The short answer is yes [we have a better idea of Wii U's power]; the longer answer is not quite," EA vice president Andrew Wilson informed Eurogamer. "It's still moving, but I think we'll be able to do anything that we can do on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on the Wii U."

He repeats what many developers have already stated that they are intrigued by the challenges posed by programming for two screens much like early Nintendo DS development.

The bigger question these comments pose is, “is it enough?” Xbox 360 was released late 2005 and Playstation 3 in late 2006. Nintendo’s next system better produce game superior to current gen systems or the Wii U will simply be seen as a slight upgrade to the original Wii; a view Nintendo is already combatting. A slight upgrade to current gen systems might be impressive now, but Nintendo doesn’t plan to release the console for another year. It’s expected that Microsoft and Sony will each have their next gen console ready to launch within two years with far superior tech.

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