Nintendo president Satoru Iwata spoke bluntly in a recent Q&A session with shareholders, telling them that although PS4 and Xbox 720 will have more advanced visuals than Wii U, the contrast won’t be vast like it was with Wii and current-gen machines.
“Other companies might launch a next-generation console with more power, but we don’t necessarily think that the difference between the Wii U and such console will be as drastic as what you felt it was between the Wii and the other consoles because there will be fewer and fewer differentiators in graphics,” Iwata explained.
“Naturally some consumers are very sensitive about such a small difference in graphics so that we will make efforts to make the most of the performance of the Wii U to keep up with technological innovations and not to make the system out-of-date soon.”
Iwata told the investors that Nintendo had to cut some corners to compensate for Wii U’s price as, according to him, it’s really two consoles in one.
“We are including both a video game console and a handheld device, if we were not careful about how luxurious both of them were, we could end up having to offer the price of the two hardware systems combined, which would not be an acceptable price for the consumers. We had to design it by balancing the performance and the costs.
There are currently many videos on the Internet, many of which are very interesting and suitable for family entertainment. You have seen them by PC, smartphones or tablets, but with the Wii U you can search a good movie on the Wii U GamePad, tell everyone there to see it and easily move it to the TV screen. In this way, a video-sharing website can be a great form of entertainment.”
Wii U sees a launch later this year.