Sony: Lack of internal processor will limit Wii U GamePad

Sony believe that the lack of a processor within the Wii U GamePad will ultimately limit the device’s capabilities, citing that PlayStation Vita offers a far more lucrative solution for developers.

This is due to the cross-compatibility with the PlayStation 3, allowing interactivity between the two products.

“Because we have the [PlayStation] Vita, I think we can do a lot of special things,” explained Scott Rohde, Sony Worldwide Studios vice president, to Games Industry International. “And remember, that Wii U tablet doesn’t have a processor in it, so it’s got to be fueled by that box sitting under your TV.

“We can do some pretty special things that you’ll start to see on the floor this year and you’ll see more over the upcoming months about what you can do when you actually have a processor in the thing that’s in your hand as well.

“And when you start to see how you can cross over between the two platforms – look at two of the titles that are here at E3, PlayStation All-Stars and Sly 4, for example. Both available on Vita and PS3, and there’s some sort of interactivity across the board. Developers are interested in that kind of stuff.”

Alex Seedhouse
After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.
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