EA receive latest Wii U Dev Kits, can do “anything” PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 offer
Nintendo has reportedly released a new build of its Wii U dev kit which demonstrates that the console will be able to do anything currently capable on either the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, according to comments made by EA Sports’ senior vice president of worldwide development, Andrew Wilson, to Eurogamer.
“The short answer is yes [we have a better idea of Wii U’s power]; the longer answer is not quite,” Wilson explained. “As every new piece of hardware and every new development library comes through we get a greater understanding of the power. With our early research we had been very happy with the output of the box and we expect that that will only go up moving forward.”
He continued, “There are added challenges for us as developers when you think about rendering on two screens and what that might mean, but we’re looking forward to that challenge. It’s still moving, but I think we’ll be able to do anything that we can do on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on the Wii U.”
There still remains to be little information regarding the online capabilities of the Wii U, and whilst Wilson wouldn’t offer any hints he did state that Nintendo held an “openness and willingness” to listen to the suggestions made by developers and publishers.
“[Online is] something that we’re working very closely with Nintendo on,” said Wilson. “We are highlighting to them what we believe are the most important elements to that infrastructure to deliver a connected experience that we think is the future of gaming.”
He adds, “They have demonstrated an openness and willingness to work with us and work with developers that I think will only land us in a positive place. We’re working through the development with them now,” he added. “We have a series of people who are under very strict NDAs as you can imagine, operating with them, building that system out.”