Pachter: “Wii 2 will be as powerful as PS3 at best.” (and here’s why)
Yes, it’s Pachter once again. This time, in a column for IndustryGamers, he’s telling us that the Wii 2 won’t be advancing technology any further than the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360; that the best we can hope for is that they will match Sony’s black beast in power, but not necessarily exceed it. Instead, he believes Nintendo will be putting the focus on innovating in gameplay beyond the now-familiar motion controls we know and love.
IG: Do you see a circumstance in which Nintendo does not strike first in the next console generation?
Pachter: No, I don’t think that Nintendo will strike first in the next console generation; rather, I think that they will strike last in the current console generation. I think that their next console will be on par technologically with the current PS3 and Xbox 360, and don’t expect them to advance technology at all with their next offering.
They will undoubtedly advance game play, and are likely to further innovate there, but I don’t think that the classic term “generation” can be applied to that, if there aren’t more pixels and a faster frame rate offered up. Because I don’t know what they are going to do, this answer can never be right, so I’ll just wait to see it published repeatedly to demonstrate what an idiot I am.
I know it’s Pachter, but his opinion doesn’t sound too unreasonable. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are already capable of producing mindblowingly detailed visuals, and making something more powerful than them won’t really be necessary unless Nintendo wants to absolutely dominate the market for console stereoscopic 3D games. The upside to this is that using what will then be “last-gen” hardware will help keep the cost of the system down – a strategy that has always worked for Nintendo in the past, and the one they’re currently pursuing with the 3DS.
This will allow them to spend money on creating an amazing new control mechanism instead, which will hopefully blow Kinect and Move clean out of the water. I don’t like the way Pachter words this, though; that Nintendo will be the last to strike in this generation, rather than the first in the next. Nintendo is using the relatively old (but amazingly capable) Pica 200 GPU in the 3DS, but there’s no denying that it marks the beginning of the generation of autostereoscopic handhelds, rather than coming in to end the age of 2D ones with a bang.
In the original interview, Pachter goes on to back up the reasons behind his infamous call for a Wii HD; you might be sick of his words by now, though; so click over to the original interview if you’re interested.
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