EA are pleased that the Wii U is releasing in 2012
When asked whether Nintendo were off cycle for releasing the Wii U midway through the PS3 and 360’s lifetime, Riccitello had this to say:
“Nintendo is off cycle with what? I mean, the point of reference is gone. And so Nintendo is bringing out a new platform that brings together some of what we’re learning from new media and new platforms like the iPad and then integrating that with a console. It’s the perfect time for that in the industry.”
He also went on to say that high powered devices are not as important as they were in the successfulness of a console.
“I think there’s going to be an interesting debate when you get to processing power beyond what you can push up with a 1080p or a 720p [system],” he said. “Most people squint between 1080p and 720p, because what’s the difference, seriously? I would argue that there’s more to be provided in terms of value for the consumer in micro-transactions and social experiences and driving those better in cross-platform gameplay between a console and a PC and a handheld device and a social network than there is supercharging graphics.”
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