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Nintendo Wii U vs Xbox 720 – the battle of the next-gen consoles

The gaming industry is very big business these days – consoles are still sold in their millions, and every big game release is like the premier of a Hollywood blockbuster.

The demand is certainly there, and the ways it’s going it will only increase. But do the consoles meet the expectations of gamers?

In a nutshell, yes. The Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and even the Nintendo Wii are still incredibly popular. But they have been around for a few years now.

And in the tech world, and the gaming world for that matter, this is simply too long to be resting on laurels. We want the next generation of gaming, and we want it now!

OK, so we aren’t going to get it now. But it is just around the corner, in the form of the Nintendo Wii U and the Xbox 720.

These are both still a while away, and we’ve had far more in the way of detail from Nintendo than we have from Microsoft.

But these are set to be the first of the next-gen consoles, hitting our stores (hopefully) over the next year or so. So how do the two measure up?

Nintendo Wii U

Already unveiled at E3 last year (although with as little detail as possible), the Wii U will be the first of the new consoles.

And Nintendo is making sure it offers gamers something different, with a touchscreen controller offering panoramic in-game views – a very exciting prospect.

Rumoured for a release just in time for Christmas, the Wii U is set to be twice as powerful as the Xbox 360. We should hope so, given it will be released seven years after the Xbox.

Xbox 720

A release date for Microsoft’s next console has been rumoured to be any time between Christmas this year and autumn 2013.

But given that Nintendo is planning a Christmas release, we could see the Xbox 720 in early 2013. This will be one of the most hotly anticipated consoles ever, maybe even more so than the PS2.

The Xbox is a gamer’s console, and Microsoft is rumoured to be giving it a mighty CPU to give it six times the power of the 360 – blowing the Wii U out of the water.