In 2012, Nintendo is planning to change the experience of gaming and entertainment with the launch of Nintendo Wii U – the next generation in terms of videogame consoles.
The new Nintendo platform is expected to have rivals in 2013, when the successors of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3 will hit the market. Given that all those gaming platforms provided major leaps regarding graphics and rendering power. At this point though, significant improvements in this field should be postponed at least until the display technology improves.
Since the graphics cannot be significantly improved, the manufactures are to expand the gaming experience offered by the platform, in this case, theNintendoWiiU.
Regarding the Wii U, the big leap forward represents the unique controller. This contains a lot of features, including a 6.2 inch touchscreen, gyroscope, speakers, accelerometer and even a front camera. The great thing about this controller is that it is in sync with the television but can also act as an independent portal used for various tasks from gaming to networking.
Using these features, a user can start a game on the TV console and then resume it on the controller. Such cross-platform capability has been studied for quite a while, and soon enough it should be implemented for other devices, such as smartphones.
These changes would probably lead to the content being sold via download rather than the traditional disc-based model (CD-s, DVD-s, etc). Such changes are to revolutionize the gaming environment, giving a new and modern definition of entertainment.
Luckily for some, those changes won’t be implemented this year, so certain titles are to bring the same experience as expected in the past: Halo 4, Grand Theft Auto 5 and Diablo 3 will offer similar experience as their predecessors.
Nintendo Wii U has been announced at E3 2011 alongside a presentation video that should answer some questions about the capabilities of the new platform. It remains to be seen if the final product will offer all the features presented.