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Crytek "Impressed" With Wii U Hardware Specs

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Crytek's Nottingham team is really excited about Nintendo's Wii U console, claims Avni Yerli.

So will it play Crysis? That's the question we're asking now that Crytek founder Avni Yerli has confessed his love for the Nintendo Wii U's specs. That's right: he's actually excited over the hardware list, calling it "very good." That's excellent news from a development team whose notorious for bringing PC systems to their knees.

"It's a challenge for designers, but once thought through it can add value, and that's what ultimately important," he told GamesIndustry in an interview. "Our guys in Nottingham, they are very happy with their tests on the dev kits and they're excited about it."

Excited, he says. Over a Nintendo console.

Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to share that same excitement with the two main game streaming services, OnLive and Gaikai. He does acknowledge that they offer good services -- Gaikai even has a Crysis 2 streaming demo up and running on its website - but big changes will likely not take place unless both offer specially developed custom software.

"It's maybe that the concept has come before we were ready for it as an industry, so we're just trying to throw things at it right now and I'm not sure if that's going to make people money," he said. "And whether or not the consumer needs it."

He also talked about the definition of AAA software, that it doesn't necessarily mean big-budget, hardcore console games like shooters, but rather the number of people paying and playing the game. He pointed to Minecraft as a perfect example, but also indicated that people still want good visuals in all forms of media, even casual titles. He mused that Crytek may have "spoilt things slightly" by showing high end graphics all the time.

"CryEngine's rendering is part of it, but actually the tools are how we get things looking so good because they're so quick to work with," he admitted. "And that applies to little casual games as much as it does to high end games."

So does that mean we'll see Crysis / Crysis 2 on the Wii U? Sounds like a possibility, but keep your finger crossed anyway, consle gamers. Until then, check out the full Crytek interview by heading here.

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    amk-aka-Phantom , September 20, 2011 10:21 AM
    back_by_demandThe Wiii U will have an IBM Power7 CPU and graphics that are more powerful than anything currently in the console field.The only reason to not like it will be idealogical fanboism.Please keep an open mind.


    I'm trying, I'm trying, and I keep failing... I don't understand how one can game on an oversized N-Gage... I don't understand - WHAT does PC gaming need to do to make people turn away from these toys? Flexibility - check. Modding - check. Gameplay - check. Graphics - double check. Variety of games available - triple check. And still it's not enough...
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    amk-aka-Phantom , September 20, 2011 9:13 AM
    In other news: Crysis 3 will run on Wii U and feature a further dumbed down gameplay and graphics.
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    back_by_demand , September 20, 2011 9:49 AM
    The Wiii U will have an IBM Power7 CPU and graphics that are more powerful than anything currently in the console field.

    The only reason to not like it will be idealogical fanboism.

    Please keep an open mind.
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    alyoshka , September 20, 2011 8:56 AM
    I'm impressed with Crytek Enough so I guess if they do come to a conclusion that the Wii will play a version of Crysis/Crysis 2.... that would be equipment worth putting money into.
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    cats_Paw , September 20, 2011 8:57 AM
    "It's maybe that the concept has come before we were ready for it as an industry, so we're just trying to throw things at it right now and I'm not sure if that's going to make people money," he said. "And whether or not the consumer needs it."

    Make people money, exited about a console...
    I guess it speaks for itself.
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    back_by_demand , September 20, 2011 9:00 AM
    If the people who make Crysis are impressed, so should you be
  • 16 Hide
    amk-aka-Phantom , September 20, 2011 9:13 AM
    In other news: Crysis 3 will run on Wii U and feature a further dumbed down gameplay and graphics.
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    blubbey , September 20, 2011 9:35 AM
    Excited? It's probably 2-3x as powerful as the 360/PS3, so now they can make games on console that might start to do the series justice. Better not take this long for the generation after to be made though... 6/7 years between generations? Far too long, but I doubt the people making money care one bit.
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    back_by_demand , September 20, 2011 9:49 AM
    The Wiii U will have an IBM Power7 CPU and graphics that are more powerful than anything currently in the console field.

    The only reason to not like it will be idealogical fanboism.

    Please keep an open mind.
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    tomfreak , September 20, 2011 10:03 AM
    I bet gtx460 might still out perform it easily. May be my granny 4-5yrs old 9800GT are still giving it a tough time.
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    stm1185 , September 20, 2011 10:18 AM
    back_by_demandThe Wiii U will have an IBM Power7 CPU and graphics that are more powerful than anything currently in the console field.The only reason to not like it will be idealogical fanboism.Please keep an open mind.


    Nah I think its fanboism that makes posts like that. The Wii U is using an AMD R700 GPU, used quite well in the Radeon HD4000 product line back in 2008, but seeing how next year the PC will have Radeon HD7000 chips and it will be 2012, that is way too old to get excited about.

    The Wii U is just another controller concept + catch up hardware, much like the Wii was, and not a true next generation console.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , September 20, 2011 10:21 AM
    back_by_demandThe Wiii U will have an IBM Power7 CPU and graphics that are more powerful than anything currently in the console field.The only reason to not like it will be idealogical fanboism.Please keep an open mind.


    I'm trying, I'm trying, and I keep failing... I don't understand how one can game on an oversized N-Gage... I don't understand - WHAT does PC gaming need to do to make people turn away from these toys? Flexibility - check. Modding - check. Gameplay - check. Graphics - double check. Variety of games available - triple check. And still it's not enough...
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    back_by_demand , September 20, 2011 10:26 AM
    stm1185Nah I think its fanboism that makes posts like that. The Wii U is using an AMD R700 GPU, used quite well in the Radeon HD4000 product line back in 2008, but seeing how next year the PC will have Radeon HD7000 chips and it will be 2012, that is way too old to get excited about

    Comparing Apples to Oranges again, this is not a PC and I said compared against existing consoles, not existing PCs.
    The GPU only has to output 1080p HD and the R700 does that very, very well.
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    back_by_demand , September 20, 2011 10:27 AM
    amk-aka-phantomI'm trying, I'm trying, and I keep failing... I don't understand how one can game on an oversized N-Gage... I don't understand - WHAT does PC gaming need to do to make people turn away from these toys? Flexibility - check. Modding - check. Gameplay - check. Graphics - double check. Variety of games available - triple check. And still it's not enough...

    I'm not arguing against the concept, I'm a PC gamer too, but people are dissing the hardware being capable which it clearly is.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , September 20, 2011 10:46 AM
    back_by_demandI'm not arguing against the concept, I'm a PC gamer too, but people are dissing the hardware being capable which it clearly is.


    Nah, I'm not dissing its hardware, I don't know what hardware exactly it has :)  I just dislike the developers being super-excited about what looks like a toy for little kids at most, i.e. the concept of such gaming. Sure, there's a demand for such devices, I'm not arguing that - I just don't want CryTek switching to this thing after consoles...
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    back_by_demand , September 20, 2011 11:39 AM
    amk-aka-phantomNah, I'm not dissing its hardware, I don't know what hardware exactly it has I just dislike the developers being super-excited about what looks like a toy for little kids at most, i.e. the concept of such gaming. Sure, there's a demand for such devices, I'm not arguing that - I just don't want CryTek switching to this thing after consoles...

    The problem with Nintendo isn't the hardware, it's the in-house games.
    I have played Call Of Duty on the Wii and its OK, but no matter how well they ramp up the power Mario always looks crappy.
    Of course people will still play Mario and Zelda but if they allow a few more of the so-called "Triple A" titles and hardcore games that exist on other platforms to co-exist then during the day your kids can play Monkey Tennis, then at night the adults can play Dead Space 3.

    This is no longer about capability because I think we have to assume it will be able to render very well, this is now about trying to convince the tunnel vision hardcore FPS gamer that his favourite online shoot-in-the-face frag-fest is going to be available and look good.
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    Anonymous , September 20, 2011 11:56 AM
    What I like the most is Wii U goes hardcore.. I hope nintendo will provide a solid control for FPS,TPS and any genre beside zelda and mario.LOL
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    aftcomet , September 20, 2011 12:00 PM
    I know this isn't the case, but if a console needs to get excited about something that was released on PC 4 years ago, then this console is already irrelevant.

    And this is coming from a console lover.
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    back_by_demand , September 20, 2011 12:22 PM
    aftcometI know this isn't the case, but if a console needs to get excited about something that was released on PC 4 years ago, then this console is already irrelevant. And this is coming from a console lover.

    Xbox 360 and PS3 were released with outdated hardware too, where is the rage for them?
    You can't pick on the Wii and not drag the other consoles into the same bum-fight when hardware is the issue.

    People don't buy based on PC vs Console, they buy based on Console vs Console.
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    dickcheney , September 20, 2011 12:27 PM
    back_by_demandThe Wiii U will have an IBM Power7 CPU and graphics that are more powerful than anything currently in the console field.The only reason to not like it will be idealogical fanboism.


    Thats a perfectly legit reason IMO.
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    reggieray , September 20, 2011 12:30 PM
    Crysis One, Steller engine
    Crysis Two, new dumbed down engine for kiddie consoles
    Crysis Three, even dumber engine for hand held devices then ported to the PC with over hyped lies as to how great it will be.
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    Marthian , September 20, 2011 12:47 PM
    reggierayCrysis One, Steller engineCrysis Two, new dumbed down engine for kiddie consolesCrysis Three, even dumber engine for hand held devices then ported to the PC with over hyped lies as to how great it will be.

    They might actually change that considering Crysis 2 was a huge failure on the PC.
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    irh_1974 , September 20, 2011 12:51 PM
    dickcheneyThats a perfectly legit reason IMO.

    Dick Cheney, is that really you? Say hi to Satan for me.
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