There's been a lot of chatter lately about Sony and Microsoft's rumored next-generation consoles, but the only company that actually announced its next hardware is Nintendo. In our time spent with the Wii U, it's obvious this console packs far more graphics power than its predecessor, and appears to be on par with the Xbox 360 or PS3. However, we're starting to hear conflicting reports as to just how the Wii U stacks up. Several anonymous developers have told Gamesindustry that the Wii U is less powerful than the aging Xbox 360 and PS3. One source said "some things are better, mostly as a result of it being a more modern design. But overall the Wii U just can't quite keep up."
Countering that opinion is Marvin Donald of Vigil (developer of the forthcoming Darksiders II), who told GameReactor that the Wii U is "on par with what we have with the current generations." This matches up with what ID Software co-founder John Carmack said back in June when the Wii U was unveiled at E3. Overall the message appears to be the same as we've heard all along — the Wii U will be comparable with current HD consoles, but not any huge step forward. That's not surprising, as a lack of competitive graphical firepower hasn't hurt Nintendo with the Wii, DS, or 3DS. As to why this chatter is picking up now, with no other imminent Wii U news on the horizon — it's entirely possible that more developers are getting their hands on dev kits in preparation for the console's rumored fall launch.