Wii U Powerful Enough For CryEngine 3

Wii U Powerful Enough For CryEngine 3

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Crytek's new game engine runs fine on the Wii U, but they still won't be making any games for it.

Current industry estimates are putting the Wii U slightly ahead of Microsoft and Sony's current-gen consoles in terms of hardware. Crytek CEO, Cevat Yerli, has confirmed the console is powerful enough for CryEngine 3 - there's at least one game already in development that's using it - but then went on to imply that Crytek won't be developing any games for the new platform regardless.

"My opinion of the Wii U is very high," he told CVG. "It's just that we didn't have a business case unfortunately that justifies us making a game for it.

"It doesn't mean that CryEngine 3 doesn't run on Wii U - it actually runs beautifully. In fact, there actually is a game in development from a respected developer that we will be announcing. I've seen the game running and it looks really great."

A Crytek rep has previously stated that it's unlikely that Crysis 3, which will be the last traditional retail game produced by the studio before it switches over to a free-to-play model, will make an appearance on the Wii U.

"From my perspective I do not understand the public's concerns that the Wii U is weaker than PS3 and 360," Yerli continued. "That I cannot see. From my perspective the Wii U is minimum as powerful as Xbox 360."

The Wii U is set to launch this holiday season.

Source: CVG

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Well that's kind of odd.

And who says the WiiU is weaker than the PS3 and 360? I've never heard anything of the sort.

I thought it was kind of assumed that it'd be more powerful by logic, though its interesting to hear it can run the CryEngine 3 so well.

Its hard to take any console seriously when its called the Wii-U though. Just reminds me of Wei Ling from Kung Pow:

http://youtu.be/0JElywbkSbY

fantasitic. So there will be epic games for the Wii U

Dammit, I wish people would stop saying they won't make games for a system, I hope the Wii-U does IMMENSELY well! So when they start wanting to make games for it, they will look like idiots.

TizzytheTormentor:
Dammit, I wish people would stop saying they won't make games for a system, I hope the Wii-U does IMMENSELY well! So when they start wanting to make games for it, they will look like idiots.

It may be that they're waiting for the Wii-U to do immensely well, Or they assume the console isn't worth a long term investment since it's processing power won't be able to compete with the next Gen Xbox and Playstation.

Well that's just super! Nintendo managed to make a console that's "At least as powerful" as a console made over half a decade ago. Woohoo! Welcome to 2006 fellas!

I really won't be surprised if, when the next gen systems get in full swing, the Wii-U ends up continuing Nintendo's trend of having under powered hardware and terrible third party support. I also won't be surprised to see that the army of soccer moms and other such casuals that bought the Wii in stupid amounts largely ignore the Wii U.

It is two generations of graphics hardware ahead of the current generation so there are no surprises there. I would imagine Crytek are worried it wont be picked up by their current audience at this stage. Things could always change.

Scrustle:
Well that's kind of odd.

And who says the WiiU is weaker than the PS3 and 360? I've never heard anything of the sort.

It isn't weaker. It is by far the strongest of the previous console generations, but people are a bit pissy because they want an even larger leap forward in graphical power compared to what they have now. (Aka from 480i to 720p type of jump).

I honesty don't care what some CEO says. They could quite as easily adapt the engine for lower hardware specs. What gets me is to why Nintendo hasn't released the full specs yet? What are they hiding?

From my perspective the Wii U is minimum as powerful as Xbox 360.

Wait, what? Is this a hint? The xbox360 is something like a 7900GTX and seeing as the WiiU is going be an M series (mobile, less powerful) are we talking about the G8xxx/9xxxs?

mad825:
I honesty don't care what some CEO says. They could quite as easily adapt the engine for lower hardware specs. What gets me is to why Nintendo hasn't released the full specs yet? What are they hiding?

From my perspective the Wii U is minimum as powerful as Xbox 360.

Wait, what? Is this a hint? The xbox360 is something like a 7900GTX and seeing as the WiiU is going be an M series (mobile, less powerful) are we talking about the G8xxx/9xxxs?

the xbox 360s gfx chip is basically a Radeon X1800 (running DirectX 9.0c same as is on XP)

its halfway between a R500 and a R600 series chip.

all we know of the Wii gfx unit thus far is that it'll be a 40nm ATI-based GPU basically sourced from PC tech (as will everything from now on).

its not likely to be a direct lift from a current gen PC chip for cost/heat management related reasons so anything from a HD4000 (R700) to a HD5000/ HD6000 like chip is a possibility (as a point of note both the HD5000 & HD6000 are 40nm in PCs cards btw)

unlike the 360 the Wii U will do full 1080p HD natively at 60Htz via HDMI (the 360 uses a hardware scaling chip to scale up a lower fidelity output)

that said gfx chips aren't everything.

if the announced specs are correct this thing has a stonking IBM POWER7 like processor powering it.

the most basic POWER7s have more raw speed than most of the chips in modern consumer PCs. they start at 3.7GHz and go up to 4.25GHz. cores can number between 6 and 128.

however it should be noted the Wii Us chip will be a custom unit specifically created for the console.

Crysis 3, which will be the last traditional retail game produced by the studio before it switches over to a free-to-play model

NOOOOOO! Timesplitters 4!!!! *clutches heart*

Good news that the hardware has been given props by a company like Crytek, shame Crysis 3 won't be released on the system, but that's not a huge loss. Still waiting for a chance to pre-order my Wii-U though.

TizzytheTormentor:
Dammit, I wish people would stop saying they won't make games for a system, I hope the Wii-U does IMMENSELY well! So when they start wanting to make games for it, they will look like idiots.

Ummm, Crytek isn't making games for any consoles in the coming years. And they are praising the WiiU hardware, including that a new game from another developer is already using CryEngine3 on the WiiU beautifully... I don't see the problem here.

Raiyan 1.0:

TizzytheTormentor:
Dammit, I wish people would stop saying they won't make games for a system, I hope the Wii-U does IMMENSELY well! So when they start wanting to make games for it, they will look like idiots.

Ummm, Crytek isn't making games for any consoles in the coming years. And they are praising the WiiU hardware, including that a new game from another developer is already using CryEngine3 on the WiiU beautifully... I don't see the problem here.

Might I ask why they are not making games for consoles in the coming years?

You don't start a sentence with And *Grammar Nazi*

It was announced the Wii U will support free to play games. Can this mean anything?

TizzytheTormentor:

Raiyan 1.0:

TizzytheTormentor:
Dammit, I wish people would stop saying they won't make games for a system, I hope the Wii-U does IMMENSELY well! So when they start wanting to make games for it, they will look like idiots.

Ummm, Crytek isn't making games for any consoles in the coming years. And they are praising the WiiU hardware, including that a new game from another developer is already using CryEngine3 on the WiiU beautifully... I don't see the problem here.

Might I ask why they are not making games for consoles in the coming years?

You don't start a sentence with And *Grammar Nazi*

They're plannin some sort of switch to a complete FtP model which wouldn't work at all on consoles.

Its a big gamble if they actually do stick with their idea of of AAA style games that are FtP.

The thing i don't get is how nintendo have said they want to attract the hardcore players with the Wii U but they won't because while it's as powerful as the current gen consoles, the next gen consoles which are soon to come will just put it back down considering the new xbox is meant to be 6 times more powerful than the 360, i really can't blame Crytek for not bothering with the Wii U.

The only future i see for Wii U is that it will play this years and nexts (maybe another year after that) AAA games then most if not all support will be dropped by the third parties as the other next gen consoles will be out meaning they can make more complex games, then Nintendo is back to the original Wii styles games.

Scrustle:
Well that's kind of odd.

And who says the WiiU is weaker than the PS3 and 360? I've never heard anything of the sort.

A lot of people use it as an argument saying WiiU isn't a "Next gen" console. The reality is the console has at least double the RAM. The rest hasn't been confirmed.

devotedsniper:
The thing i don't get is how nintendo have said they want to attract the hardcore players with the Wii U but they won't because while it's as powerful as the current gen consoles, the next gen consoles which are soon to come will just put it back down considering the new xbox is meant to be 6 times more powerful than the 360, i really can't blame Crytek for not bothering with the Wii U.

The only future i see for Wii U is that it will play this years and nexts (maybe another year after that) AAA games then most if not all support will be dropped by the third parties as the other next gen consoles will be out meaning they can make more complex games, then Nintendo is back to the original Wii styles games.

But the wii u is probably 4/5 times as powerfull as the 360.

if you think about the potential different graphics chips being used you can see that the eventual output is almost inevitably going to be reflected in the fact that these chips were designed to provide the functions set for a specific version of DirectX on PC.

so basically a game on the 360 atm is DirectX 9

the wii u uses potentially uses chips that, in their original roll on PCs, were aimed at DirectX 10/11 (and consumer electronics HD support).

that's the basic difference you'll actually eventually see with the eye from the average gamers pov.

the difference between a Direct X9 game and a DirectX 10/11 game.

as for how well it moves about that's another question.

 

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