While Nintendo still hasn’t disclosed the internal hardware of the Wii U, it doesn’t stop many from specualting on just what might power the new console. Most put their money on some form of IBM CPU + AMD graphics, which is the most realistic bet, since both the Wii and GameCube were powered by IBM CPUs and AMD/ATI graphics chips.
Many developers and publishers already have working Wii U dev kits in their possession, meaning they’re more likely to know what’s on the inside. And according to game industry analyst Arvind Bhatia from Sterne Agee, who spoke to a number of developers, the Wii U hardware is 50% more powerful than the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
If that’s the case, the Wii U is looking to have some potent hardware, and games will certainly be able to outshine those on competing consoles. Of course, we’ll know for sure when Nintendo reveals the full specs of the console — if they do reveal it at all. If we recall correctly, Nintendo never disclosed the hardware used in the Wii, although it was easy to find out.