Wii U is less powerful than the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, say developers

Ninty's next console might pack less firepower than Sony and Microsoft's current-gen offerings

The Nintendo Wii U won't be as powerful as the current generation Microsoft Xbox 360 or Sony PlayStation 3 consoles according to developers familiar with the Wii U's hardware who spoke to GamesIndustry International.

The graphics of the Wii U are apparently not as powerful as the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, and although some aspects are reportedly better due to the more modern design, overall the Wii U just can't quite keep up, according to one anonymous source.

Power isn't everything of course, and Nintendo is putting all of its eggs in one basket with its innovative Wii U tablet controller, which throws another screen into the gaming mix for an extra dimension in interactivity.

The Wii U will still be capable of HD graphics, and given that Nintendo appears to be aiming for the mass casual market as opposed to hardcore gamers, its under-powered innards might prove to make no difference to sales.

Only time will tell how the Wii U will shape up against the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and we look forward to E3 with eager eyes, where all will be revealed.

Read our Nintendo Wii U need to know guide.

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