Developer Crytek this week said Nintendo Co.’s Wii U hardware is at least as powerful as Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360, according to a new report.

Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli told consumer publication CVG this week disagreed with reports that the Wii U is less powerful than current generation hardware platforms.

“From my perspective I do not understand the public’s concerns that the Wii U is weaker than PS3 and 360,” Yerli said.

“That I cannot see. From my perspective the Wii U is minimum as powerful as Xbox 360.”

He added that CryEngine 3 runs beautifully on the Wii U based on an unannounced title in development from another developer. The company is not in development on a project for the hardware yet.

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.

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