How much are you willing to pay for
Nintendo's Wii U? According to a source associated with Nintendo's
manufacturing and distribution, fans would do well to save at least
$300 for the forthcoming Wii successor.
The unnamed insider quoted the number
to the Canadian blog Forget the Box, claiming the Wii U's total of
goods – minus packaging, software, and other related items – is
pegged at $180, with the Wii U's tablet controller eating roughly $50
of the cost. The source also indicated Nintendo is opting for an
“economical GPU and CPU” that will bring the system in step with
the current PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles without breaking the bank.
are cutting costs in the Wii U's hardware to build back confidence in
investors,” said the source, adding, “There is a bigger focus on
downloadable content, applications, video content, digital
distribution, and services to create a stream of revenue. Investors
will be ecstatic with the news."
sure. But players? That's up to personal preference. This isn't the
first time we've hear rumors of the Wii U's underwhelming specs. Just
last week, an anonymous developer claimed the Wii U will in fact be weaker than PS3 and Xbox 360. True, a
$300 price tag is enticing, but the idea that Nintendo's next console
will finally catch up to the competition just as Sony and Microsoft
are gearing up for their own next-gen consoles may be concerning to
fans expecting a larger leap in technology.
its part, Nintendo has consistently said it isn't as preoccupied with
graphics as its competitors. In a recent chat with Digital Trends
following the latest tech rumors, a Nintendo rep repeated the sentiment,
stating, “We do not focus on technology
specs. We understand that people like to dissect graphics and
processing power, but the experience of playing will always be more
important than raw numbers.”
does $300 sound to you? Would you pay more if it meant better tech?