Iwata: "Time will eventually solve" Wii U Development Quality Gap

#1P_A_N_D_A_M_A_NPosted 2/4/2013 8:35:02 PM
New consoles routinely experience growing pains, and the clearest measure of this comes in the visual quality of the video games that come to store shelves. Nintendo is currently seeing that quality gap in the games that come to Wii U, but it's a problem that company president Satoru Iwata believes "time will eventually solve."

"Each game console has its own unique qualities, and developers must go through a trial and error phase to acquire the knack of taking full advantage of them," Iwata told investors. "This time does not come until a final version of the hardware and development tools for the version have been made available and then a base for software development has been established. For Wii U, such a time finally came in the latter half of last year. In this sense, we could not avoid the trial and error stage to create games which take full advantage of the hardware."

Iwata noted that this situation is encountered not only by third parties, but Nintendo's internal teams as well. The executive noted that his own teams have almost emerged from that trial-and-error phase, and are just now becoming familiar with their company's own hardware.

This emerging sense of familiarity, of course, is in stark contrast to developing for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, which have been in the marketplace for six and seven years. "Developers have sufficiently studied them and know how to take full advantage of them well," Iwata said. "As Wii U is new to them, some developers have already acquired the knack and made good use of its features and others have not. You might see this gap among the games that are currently available."

With developers just learning how to use Wii U hardware, some have already taken to claiming it is underpowered, or that Nintendo placed its design emphasis in the wrong places. Genyo Takeda, Nintendo's hardware development manager (think Shigeru Miyamoto, but in the hardware division), countered those claims when asked by investors. "In my view, Wii U is a console with low power consumption and has fairly high performance. Regarding your comment that we focus on the GPU and that the CPU is a little poor, we have a different view. It depends on how to evaluate a processing unit.

"In terms of die size (area a chip occupies), the GPU certainly occupies a much larger space than the CPU," Takeda continued. "As you can see CPUs used for the latest PCs and servers, however, it is usual for current CPUs that the logic part for actual calculations is really small and that the cache memory called SRAM around it covers a large area. From this angle, we donít think that the performance of the Wii Uís CPU is worse than that of the GPU. In other words, we have taken a so-called "memory-intensified" design approach for the Wii U hardware. It is no use saying much about hardware which should remain in the background in our entertainment offerings, but at least we think that Wii U performs pretty well."

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/02/05/time-will-solve-wii-u-development-quality-gap
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#2ADHDguitarPosted 2/4/2013 8:36:03 PM
I've been saying this, and frankly it's fairly obvious.

Oh, and inb4trolls.
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Still waiting for Diddy Kong Racing 2
#3hellbringherPosted 2/4/2013 8:36:50 PM
More garbage that people pretend to care about because they want to be accepted
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News - EA does not like the Wii U. Fanboy - good they are horrible anyway.
#4HungtotheoverPosted 2/4/2013 8:39:09 PM
In be4 fanboys.
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The only 3rd party games that sell on Nintendo consoles are ones that make you dance.
#5IcecreamdunwichPosted 2/4/2013 8:39:39 PM
From: Hungtotheover | #004
In be4 fanboys.


Not possible when PANDA makes a topic.
#6geneticsftwPosted 2/4/2013 8:40:57 PM
Hungtotheover posted...
In be4 fanboys.


To late, hellbringer already posted.

;)
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#7ADHDguitarPosted 2/4/2013 8:41:24 PM
Icecreamdunwich posted...
From: Hungtotheover | #004
In be4 fanboys.


Not possible when PANDA makes a topic.


He posts news in the PS3 board too, bro.
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Still waiting for Diddy Kong Racing 2
#8IcecreamdunwichPosted 2/4/2013 8:42:12 PM
From: ADHDguitar | #007
Icecreamdunwich posted...
From: Hungtotheover | #004
In be4 fanboys.


Not possible when PANDA makes a topic.


He posts news in the PS3 board too, bro.


Point?
#9ADHDguitarPosted 2/4/2013 8:42:37 PM
Icecreamdunwich posted...
From: ADHDguitar | #007
Icecreamdunwich posted...
From: Hungtotheover | #004
In be4 fanboys.


Not possible when PANDA makes a topic.


He posts news in the PS3 board too, bro.


Point?


Why exactly is he a fanboy?
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Still waiting for Diddy Kong Racing 2
#10IcecreamdunwichPosted 2/4/2013 8:43:25 PM
From: ADHDguitar | #009
Icecreamdunwich posted...
From: ADHDguitar | #007
Icecreamdunwich posted...
From: Hungtotheover | #004
In be4 fanboys.


Not possible when PANDA makes a topic.


He posts news in the PS3 board too, bro.


Point?


Why exactly is he a fanboy?


Have you seen how he acts about Nintendo things?