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 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.