We Compare Wii U, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360: See Which is the Best

The Wii U, Nintendo’s new console, makes his debut on the international market in two versions: 8 GB and 32 GB. We analyse closely the specifications of the device and compare it with the hardware of Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 in terms of weight, CPU, graphics card, RAM, storage, audio, media, and video output connections.

Wii U hits stores in the U.S. and promises innovations in play (Reuters)


The first in a comparison of all is to see if this unit is lighter than the others. Apparently, the Wii U is the lightest of the three. The weight of each console is expressed as approximate values.

Wii U1.6 kg
Playstation 32.1 kg
Xbox 3602.9 kg


The processor is the heart of any electronic system. All three games have chips manufactured by companies such as IBM, AMD, Sony and Toshiba, which adapts to your needs. In the case of the Wii U, is the processor with graphics acceleration.

Wii UIBM Power processor multi-core three cores running at 3GHz (with processing of 260 Gflops)
PlayStation3Cell Processor seven single-threaded cores (a backup), running at 3.2GHz (with processing of 230 Gflops)
Xbox 360Xenon processor 3 dual-threaded cores running at 3.2GHz (with processing of 77 Gflops

 Graphic card

While the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 have boards with video memory of 256 MB GDDR3, which increase according to the available RAM, the Wii U has 1 GB of GDDR5 memory, based on the series of video cards Radeon HD 5000.

Wii UAMD Radeon HD 
GDDR5 one of shared system RAM 
(and processing power in numbers was not disclosed)
PlayStation 3Model Nvidia RSX 550 MHz 
256 MB GDDR 3 (Reaching 480 GDDR3 sharing system RAM) 
22.4 Gbps of bandwidth
Xbox 360Model ATI Xenos 500 MHz 
256 MB GDDR 3 RAM (Getting to 512 GDDR3 shared w / system RAM) 
(plus 10 MB eDRAM) 
21.6 Gbps bandwidth (256 GBps via eDRAM)


Older systems from Sony and Microsoft lose fired for the Wii U to contain a quarter to half the RAM that Nintendo’s console has.

Wii U2 GB RAM – 1 GB is only used for system operations 
(1 GB is reserved for games and shared between CPU and GPU)
PlayStation 3256 MB XDR RAM 
3.2 GHz speed 
25.6 Gbps of bandwidth
Xbox 360512 MB ??of GDDR3 RAM (shared with GPU) 
700 MHz speed 
22.4 Gbps of bandwidth
MCM component, CPU and GPU (Reuters)


Like the Xbox 360, you can use pen-drives to increase capacity armazentamento device from Nintendo. But do not get carried away. This feature lets you access the files, such as games, very slow, since the port is USB 2.0.

Wii U8 GB HDD (Basic) or 32 GB (Deluxe) 
10000 RPM 
Supports SDHC memory cards and external storage via USB
PlayStation 312, 250 or 500 GB HDD (Super Slim Models) 
5400 RPM 
external USB HDs accepted
Xbox 360HDD 320 (Elite) and 250 GB or 4 GB SSD (Arcade) 
5400 RPM 
Supports USB pen-drives and up to 32 GB external HDDs


The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 have optical audio output, I refuse to let the sound quality even more superior than when using only an HDMI cable. How the Wii U will not accept music CDs and not yet known whether will have some exclusive music service, the way is to continue using the devices for this competition.

Wii UAnalog Stereo 
Digital 5.1 LPCM
PlayStation 3Analog Stereo 
Digital 5.1 Dolby Digital and 7.1 LPCM
Xbox 360Analog Dolby Pro-Logic II 
Dolby Digital 5.1 Digital
Xbox Live Service of Music recently arrived in Brazil (Reuters)


The media used in the Wii U is 25 GB, but it is not a Blu-Ray, but a patent própira Nintendo. The main reason for its use will be fighting piratara.

Wii USupports Wii disks (less GameCube) 
Reading data at 22 MB / s (Media special Wii U, based on Blu-Ray) 
25 GB of disk space
PlayStation 3Reading data to 9MB / s (Blu-Ray) 
25 GB of disk space for a layer 
50 GB for dual-layer disc
Xbox 360Reading data to 15.85 MB / s (DVD) 
7 GB of disk space double layer


Regarding network connections, we can vouch for the quality of the services displayed by Sony with PSN and Microsoft with Live over all its years of operation that Nintendo will still have much work ahead to match their service to the competition.

About the connections of accessories, the Wii U has four USB ports hidden by a retractable door. The transparent version of the console shows all components of the device.

Wii USD memory card (supports SDHC) 
USB 2.0 ports (2 in front, 2 in rear) 
Input Sensor Bar 
AV Multi Out 
HDMI 1.4 Input 
Wi-Fi Connection / 802.11b/g/n
PlayStation 32 USB 2.0 (front) 
Input HDMI 1.4 
AV Multi Out 
Digital Audio Out (Optical) 
Wi-Fi Connection / 802.11b/g/n
Xbox 3602 USB 2.0 (front) 
Input HDMI 1.4 
AV Multi Out 
Digital Audio Out (Optical) 
Wi-Fi Connection / 802.11b/g/n
The transparent version of the Wii U will still be announced by Nintendo (Reuters)

Output and Video

For the first time in many years, you can play Nintendo’s major franchises with high definition graphics, exploiting the full potential of the colorful world of the Mushroom Kingdom adventures of Mario and the fabulous land of Hyrule in an upcoming (and highly anticipated) game Zelda franchise.

Wii USupports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. 
include compatible HDMI cables and all of generation Wii: D-Terminal, Component, S-Video and Composite Video
PlayStation3Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576p and 480p. 
Compatibility with HDMI, D-Terminal, Component, S-Video and Composite Video
Xbox 360Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576i and 480p. 
compatible Connections include HDMI, VGA, D-Terminal, Component, S-Video and Composite Video
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