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Wii U may be 50 percent more powerful than PS3, says analyst

Since E3, Nintendo executives have repeatedly said that the Wii U will be “HD,” but the company has not released any actual hardware specifications. As such, speculation has run rampant. Some believe the system will be too weak, while others believe it will be an equal match to the Xbox360 and PlayStation 3, two 6-7 year-old consoles. One analyst is more optimistic. Speaking with IndustryGamers, Arvind Bhatia believes that the console may be as much as 50 percent more powerful than the PS3.

“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,” said the Sterne Agee analyst. “This is yet to be confirmed by Nintendo.”

Nintendo showed several videos and demos of the Wii U outputting graphics at capabilities that appear close to the PS3 and 360, but nothing we’ve yet seen from the console seems to indicate it can output graphics 50 percent more refined. Then again, we haven’t seen much from the Wii U yet with the exception of a flying bird demo and the typical non-interactive demo of a Zelda battle. Hopefully we’ll hear more in the months to come.