Nintendo has been understandably coy regarding the actual specs of the Wii U and, to add fuel to that particular fire, we've heard varying reports from different developers with regards to the actual full potential of the machine.But Steve Lycett, the Executive Producer of Sonic And All-Stars Racing Transformed told ONM that the GPU and memory of the Wii U was far more capable than the team initially expected.
"There are always surprises and unexpected challenges when you develop on a new console," said Lycett. "When we first got our hands on the kit, the first surprise was the capability of the GPU. We'd been worried that we might need to re-engineer all the effects and shaders in the game, but they worked just fine.
"The Wii U looks as good as any of the HD platforms. The Wii U has way more memory, so we can take advantage of that with less compression on elements and textures, so it will look all lovely and shiny."
Interesting. Randy Pitchford has also come and stated he expects the Wii U version of Aliens: Colonial Marines to look the best when it's released in 2013. But there's no getting around the fact that the Wii U will look terribly dated if (and when) Sony and Microsoft release their next consoles. That said, I'm looking forward to seeing how third party developers handle the machine. Almost as much as I'm looking forward to playing Nintendo games in HD.