(Updated, see bottom.)
Yesterday, the internet was abuzz with information regarding the Wii’s successor. Until Nintendo confirms it at E3 it’s all rumor and speculation, but the sheer quantity of corroborating stories from different sources to different publications at the same time lends credibility to the argument. One such recent piece of information was posted by 01net and translated by Destructoid: the Wii2 will probably have an ATI R700 series GPU.
Let’s compare the processors for a moment.
The R700 series GPU has a clock speed of 900MHz. PS3’s RSX clocks at 700MHz, and the 360’s sports 500MHz. This puts the Wii 2’s graphics at, tentatively, 30% more powerful than the PS3 and 80% greater than the 360.
The architecture is said to be similar to the 360’s three-core CPU, further specs unknown. The Wii 2 is looking as if it could hold its own against Sony and Microsoft’s next consoles.
(Editor’s Note: It has come to our attention that our method of comparing the relative power of these GPUs, their clock speed in MHz, does not consider enough other attributes. We apologize for this, although it is likely that the Wii 2 will sport a GPU comparable to its competition in order to have a chance at success.)