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New Wii U dev kits within weeks - report

SEGA believes that updated hardware will soon be with developers

Gary Dunn, SEGA's MD of development, has revealed that new dev kits for Nintendo's Wii U will be on their way to developers either this month or next, but is still uncertain as to how powerful those units will be.

Speaking in an interview with Eurogamer, Dunn said that his team is pleased with the performance of current kits, but refused to be drawn on comparisons with current-gen hardware, instead highlighting the fact that the platform will offer studios a "different" approach to development.

"It's still a little early," Dunn told Eurogamer. "There's another generation of prototype hardware coming out in June or July that's going to give us more information." As a "very early doors" assessment, Dunn offered that "we're finding it to be quite powerful."

"We've certainly found it easier to get prototypes up and running on next-gen definition visuals, so we're quite pleased with it," added Dunn.

"Given the fact that one of our graphics engineers ported something across very quickly I would say the answer to [having easily understandable architecture] has got to be yes."

It had already been suggested that the technical specifications of the kits which developers are already in possession of are likely to change, with final systems likely to offer parity with 360 and PS3 at the very least.

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