ehead wrote:Guys help me out here. I'm having second thoughts on Wii U. Reviews for the hardware are all over the place. I've already noticed during the gt stream that slow loading times in the OS is very prevalent. Then this news comes along that Wii U's memory speed (17 GB/s) is slower compared to 360 and PS3. Ugh, I'm no hardware expert but wouldn't this greatly affect a game, texture loading, framerate, etc.? I am pretty much disheartened at this moment. :(
Here's the thing, ultimately you have to make the leap of faith and decide how much is really at risk for you. What do you really have to lose? You know that at the very least the first party titles will be there to support it, and they will be (already are) amazing. For me that's worth the price of admission. Beyond that, not even the most discerning of reviews makes a lick of difference. Wii U is more than capable of pulling off HD resolution at high frame rates and has the processing power to pull off compelling content, the actual specs literally mean nothing when not in the context of how developers actually choose to use them and design with them in mind.
At the end of the day, the investment of $350 is really not a huge amount of money, especially considering the peripheral benefits of this particular system. It's less than the equivalent cost of buying 6 AAA games, so long as you believe Wii U will deliver 6 great experiences than you haven't lost any money at all in my opinion. But it is your money and if you think you're only going to get $100 worth of entertainment for the $350 you pay for it and that $250 will fill you with rage and regret, perhaps you should hold out for another year until the other big systems hit (and you can believe they will be a heck of a lot more than $350).