Nintendo Co.’s Wii U demonstrated the ability to handle current ports of titles released for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 and Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 with ease in preview builds at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.
Titles include Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition held 720p HD resolution and textures of the dark knight in a virtual Gotham at 30 frames-per-second.
Other demonstrated titles like Ubisoft Inc.’s Assassin’s Creed III and Tecmo Koei Corp.’s Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge were equally exact to their competitive counterparts in texture detail and frame rate.
Assassin’s Creed III held at a consistent 30 frames-per-second with a mob of enemies on screen in a detailed outdoor environment. Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge held mostly at 60 frames-per-second with an occasional dip in a sandstorm section.
The quality of the preview builds bode well for the technical prowess of the device, which had not been demonstrated in technically advanced titles until this week.
Nintendo has not issued technical hardware specifications for the Wii U, though it will utilize a CPU by IBM Corp. and a custom Radeon graphics chipset by AMD Inc. to relay high-definition visuals.
The Wii U is scheduled to be released in 2012.