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Wii U framerate drops to 30fps if using a second GamePad

Zombie James

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GAF's moving both fast and slow so please lock if there's already a thread on this:

Update: In a follow-up, Nintendo Japan has posted on Twitter that there's a price to pay if two Gamepads are active. Frame rates drop to about 30 fps if two are active; any games that really want that extra controller won't be quite as glass-smooth. On the upside, it's possible to switch one off with a smooth transition; there won't be a need for theatrics just to switch to a solo game.


http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/05/nintendo-two-wii-u-gamepads-will-work-on-one-system/
 

Vitacat

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Wii U looks like a mess to me. Last Nintendo console I bought was Gamecube, which might just be my last Nintendo console ever. Plus F-Zero is dead. *sigh*
 

elongation

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This is only to be expected. Anyone that thinks otherwise needs to re-evaluate their expectations of console hardware
 

Zoramon089

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I don't see why people are surprised there's a performance hit...also, I don't know how you can say all games will drop to 30fps...that doesn't really make logical sense
 

KevinCow

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I'm pretty sure they mean the framerate on the screen. Like the Wii U can only send out 60fps, so if you're using 2 controllers, it has to split that framerate.

Not that no game will be able to run at higher than 30fps if there are two controllers.
 

Aeana

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Yes. Those consoles from 2005 and 2006.
You're fooling yourself if you think that any new console going forward is going to have a majority share of 60 FPS games. Developers will choose 30 FPS to squeeze in more eye candy, it's guaranteed.
 

matics

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Is that implying that all games will be 60fps otherwise?

I kinda doubt that.
This.
Anyway, I'm just glad you can even use 2 at the same time.
Was getting kinda bummed last year when we thought it was one per system.
 

Suairyu

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I don't see why people are surprised there's a performance hit...also, I don't know how you can say all games will drop to 30fps...that doesn't really make logical sense
Sure it does. They'll be referring to the internal timings of the thing.
 

bobbytkc

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You guys are probably interpreting it wrongly. They most likely mean that when 2 controllers are active, the framerate on each screen is halved from a maximum of 60 to 30 each, since they are now sharing the bandwidth.
 

raven777

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In general it doesnt really matter, but for games like racing game I think it matter a lot.
 

entremet

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You're fooling yourself if you think that any new console going forward is going to have a majority share of 60 FPS games. Developers will choose 30 FPS to squeeze in more eye candy, it's guaranteed.
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Finally, some logic.
 

Tucah

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Nintendo is killing any and all interest I had in the system today. It's pretty impressive really.
 

Easy_D

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So if 2 = 30, 1 = 60 then one screen doing simple 2D UI shit =..90!? 90 FPS GAMING FOLKS.

Only on WiiU
 

Diablohead

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Unless they make a system which has to sell for $599 they can't beast the thing out with uber parts, with whatever power they have having a choice is at least better then not having one.