EA: ‘No Correlation’ Between Wii U and Projected Next-Gen Console Sales

by Mike Bendel January 30, 2013 @ 3:48 pm

While next-gen chatter is still very hush-hush aside from the inevitable leaks that keep springing up from time to time, EA did shed light on the subject during its investor earnings call for the quarter ending last December. Notably, the company stated that it sees “no correlation” between Wii U sales and what is expected from other next-gen consoles.

Additionally, EA isn’t grouping the Wii U as part of its “Gen 4” roadmap, which includes next-gen consoles. While this doesn’t bode well for third-party support, at least from the likes of EA, the  company thinks the Wii U will do just fine – once Nintendo starts leveraging more of its own IP to drive adoption.

So, couple of things. First, you never count Nintendo out. They’ve got some of the best IPs in the game industry, when their marquee titles show up, that’s when you usually see the bounce. I’m deeply respectful of the achievements they’ve had over the last several years, and so yeah, never really count them out.

Having said that, I wouldn’t say that we see much correlation between the results that Nintendo have just shown with the console debut of the Wii U and what we see coming. We see a pretty sharp distinction and unfortunately I’m unable to go any further than that.

Ours is an industry where a lot of devices come in and represent themselves as the next generation or the next generation after that. You know in many ways, we would argue that the gen— what we’re describing as “Gen 4”, is yet to come — and it’s that we’re excited about, and that’s what we’re investing in, and frankly we’ve been quite consistent with that for some time, recognising the frustration our inability to articulate precisely why, causes for you.

Thanks, iMax @ NeoGAF.

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Trigun says:

That's cool. They probably couldn't convince Nintendo to block Used sales like the rumors for the other two are. As we all know EA HATES used sales!

j/k. Or not? /mysterious.

Whether people accept it or not. Wii U is technically "Next gen" Whether it is super graphically or not. It's a huge leap from the Wii. If you recall, a LOT of PS3/360 games at launch pretty much looked like PS2 games almost. And the Wii U launch titles are leaps and bounds better than Wii titles. They look as good as current PS3/360 games.

Sure it's not a huge powerhouse, but you know. I seriously doubt Orbis/Durango will be more powerful than my 2/3 year old PC. And I doubt they will be able to deliver anything NEAR what Epic and Square could produce with a single GTX 680 on PC. Let alone even things like Super Sampling AA once the generation kicks in a bit either.

Most launch era PS3/360 games all had some form of MSAA. Now you'll be hard pressed to find one that does. Let alone one that doesn't use some form of Post-AA like FXAA/MLAA.

Which makes me think of another thing. Everyone always goes on about how they dun care bout graphix and I get a LOT of crap for giving 2 cents about graphix. And then people nark on the WiiU for not having uber graphix. Some of the same people too.

And as per usual the other companies will say they aren't competing with The N or whatever and then will go and iterate on The N's implementation of existing technology as soon as they prove successful. Ala Touch Screens, Miis/Avatars,Motion sensing technology.

THEN you have people complaining the Wii is too expensive at 350$ at it's most expensive without hidden costs compared to the PS3 and 360 at their launch.

HELL, the PS3 managed to survive at a price point of 500-600$ for the first half of it's life cycle and it had terrible launch,along with a poor launch lineup. And didn't even come with HD cables.

(I paid 520$ for my first PS3 including having to buy HD cables separate)

And the 360 was almost a scam at launch. Your 400$ purchase got you a HDD with ~11GB of usable space. And no HDMI port at all. No rechargeable battery pack for your controller.

And if you bought the 300$ version, you got 0 backwards compatibility(Which is complete and utter shit anyway) without a HDD (That cost 100$ separate at the time for 11GB of space), no HD cables, no wireless controller,no way to get surround sound. No way to store gamesaves at ALL. And both through component could only display up to 1080i until an Update later on.

Wow, I really went off topic didn't I..

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