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Nintendo Wii U 50 Per Cent Faster Than PS3?

An analyst from Sterne Agee, Arvind Bhatia, has claimed that the next generation Nintendo console, the Wii U, will not only be much faster than the current one, but it will also be 50 per cent faster than the existing Sony Playstation 3 and the Microsoft Xbox 360.

Bhatia was quoted by Industrygamers (opens in new tab) saying, "Some of the developers we spoke to indicated to us that the console will have 50% more processing power compared to the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360. This is yet to be confirmed by Nintendo."

That said, by the time the Wii U is be launched next year, the Playstation 3 will already be six years old and it would have been a disappointment if the Wii U was less than a match for the console.

Still, there are questions regarding the usage of PS3 and Xbox 360 game footage to illustrate the performance of the Wii U at the press conference at E3 last week.

Not much is known of the NIntendo Wii U except that it has a motion controller that looks like a tablet and comes with a 6.2-inch capacitive touchscreen.

We also know that it will have some sort of optical disks that will be complemented by USB & HDMI ports and an SD card reader. As for the brains of the Wii U, IBM has confirmed that it will be building those using a 45nm manufacturing process.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.