Wii U passing on DVD, Blu-ray
Nintendo says it will not include video playback formats in next console due to current ubiquity of such devices.
When Microsoft and Sony were engaged in the HD DVD vs. Blu-ray format wars at the beginning of the current-console generation, Nintendo opted to abstain from video playback entirely with the Wii. Now, it appears as if Nintendo plans to carry over that strategy to its next console, the Wii U.
Today, Nintendo posted an interview transcript from the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo in which company president Satoru Iwata confirms the Wii U will not support the DVD or Blu-ray video playback standards.
"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."
When the Wii U was unveiled at this year's E3, Nintendo said that games will be delivered on a proprietary high-density optical disc format similar in size to a DVD. The device will also be able to download and play software.
Check out GameSpot's extensive breakdown of what's known of the Wii U for more on Nintendo's latest console.
Best New Netflix Movies / TV Shows To Watch In August 2018 Fortnite Update 5.20 Adds Double Barrel Shotgun, Steady Storm LTM, And More - GS News Update Giving Ghost Recon Wildlands A Second Chance Dead By Daylight and Mafia 3 Free With PS Plus Games In August Xbox One Adds 3 Backwards Compatible Games - GS News Update Top New Game Releases This Week On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC -- August 5-11 Firewall Zero Hour Shows What You're Missing In Tactical Shooters American Horror Story: Coven Recap Watchmen Series Officially Ordered By HBO - GameSpot Universe News Update New Overwatch Content Will Be Announced At Blizzard's Gamescom Panel - GS News Update Jason Bourne Spin-Off TV Show Is Happening - GameSpot Universe News Update 3 Million PlayStation VRs Sold - GS News Update