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IBM was a little coy about the multi-core CPU it was providing, but did tantalize us by mentioning the name "Watson" in describing some of its underlying tech. Now details about the custom Radeon GPU are starting to surface and, while certainly capable, it's not exactly cutting edge. At its heart is a chip similar to the R770 found in AMD's last-gen cards like the 4890 and, before you dismiss it, remember the PS3 and Xbox 360 are still capable of pumping out impressive visuals while packing five-year-old silicon (The 360 is essentially running a souped up ATI X1900). The custom core also supports Direct X 10.1 (Microsoft runs out of steam with Direct X 9) and Eyefinity-like multi-display tech for up to four SD video streams -- though it'll be up to Nintendo and developers to put that to good use. In case you're still not convinced of the Wii U's graphical prowess, Crytek has said its advanced CryEngine is "pretty much" up and running on Nintendo's upcoming console -- and, if it's good enough for Crysis, it should be good enough for you.
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Meh. Still uses last gen directx...
    
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It's pretty sad when a competing company is using a newer version of their API compared to their current console. It's just sad.
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It's pretty sad when a competing company is using a newer version of their API compared to their current console. It's just sad.
Why? 360 had hardware tessellation four years before DX11.
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<3 It can run Crysis lol xD ... Ok sorry
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Meh. Still uses last gen directx...
Which no Nintendo owner will notice.

If the customers don't care, why should Nintendo?
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Interesting, Nintendo. We rag on the Wii being an underpowered pile of junk and you overcompensate a bit.
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Meh. Still uses last gen directx...
So? I honestly don't care what directx level a game uses as long as it's fun to play, and I doubt most WiiU customers will be any different. Hell most of them probably wouldn't even know what DirectX is!
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Meh. Still uses last gen directx...
It doubt it uses direct x at all (it is microsoft stuff remember), and is probably better off because of it. Just because the gpu supports it doesn't mean to say they will use it, due to licensing.

From my limited understanding of programming, who would want direct x on a console anyway? All it would do would add overhead. You don't have to take different hardware configurations into account with consoles, therefore direct x isn't needed. If it was a dx11 card, it wouldn't make the slightest bit of difference.
     
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Hopefully we can get a few DX11 titles on the PC... who cares about the wii?
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I love the sensationalism journalism reflected in the title of this thread.

Last gen? Better than PS3? WOW....

PS3 was a design win from before 2006. Really?

(BTW before everyone starts a flame war, consoles can't afford design or yield issues, and cost is a major factor... hence the desire for "last gen" products that are mature.)
    
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