Nintendo's next games console is not in the same generational category as the next Xbox and PlayStation, a key executive at Sony has claimed.
Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida said the Wii U, "to me, is its own generation".
"Personally, I have always thought Wii was in a generation of its own," Yoshida told Eurogamer.
Yoshida's claims may be seen as an implicit commentary on the Wii U expectedly modest hardware specs in comparison to the Next Xbox (codenamed Durango) and PlayStation 4 (codenamed Orbis).
"I always thought PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are in the same generation, but Wii was not the same," Yoshida added.
"To me, the industry was growing really fast when those three platforms came up because the focus is so different. The PS3 and the 360 were the closest in terms of high definition and networked services. But Wii carved out a large niche to itself. To me, it was like two generations going at the same time."