Jun 15, 2011

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Wii U will not have DVD or Blu-ray playback

Wii U will not have DVD or Blu-ray playback

More and more disappointing information is coming out about the Wii U and there continue to be some questionable decisions from Nintendo. First we find out that the Wii U can only support one Wii U controller now we find out that the Wii U will not be able to support DVD or Blu-ray playback.

According to an interview transcript posted by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata confirmed the lack of DVD or Blu-ray playback by giving the same excuse they gave us when the Wii was released.

“Wii U does not have DVD or Blu-ray playback capabilities,” Iwata said. “The reason for that is that we feel that enough people already have devices that are capable of playing DVDs and Blu-ray, such that it didn’t warrant the cost involved to build that functionality into the Wii U console because of the patents related to those technologies.”

He’s right we have multiple devices to play DVDs but Blu-ray is another story. Can you imagine what the response would have been had Nintendo added a Blu-ray player to the Wii U? Even though DVD players have become the norm for most households, wouldn’t it have been great to have the option to watch a DVD on your Wii U controller like an iPad? Just another opportunity missed by Nintendo.

If you are wondering how the HD games will be able to fit onto a disc that isn’t a DVD or Blu-ray, apparently Wii U games will be delivered on a proprietary high-density optical disc similar in size to a DVD. That’s good for now but as soon as the next generation consoles come in I assume that most games will have to fit on a disc size similar to a Blu-ray which is 25 GB per layer compared to the 8 GB per layer of a DVD. We also still haven’t heard anything about online capabilities other than some short comments stating that it will support all the usual online features. Not sure what Nintendo is up to but they better have to awesome games to show next year cause I am starting to get a little worried.

[Source: GameSpot]