Nintendo confirms Wii DVD support coming
But not in time for Christmas
Any gamers hoping to cosy-up on the sofa this Christmas and watch films with their Wii are set to be disappointed. Nintendo has confirmed that DVD playback won’t be added to the console this year.
Nintendo claims it’s postponing the release due to a need to secure enough production units in time for the Christmas rush. It broke the news on the Q&A section of its Japanese Wii website.
The addition of DVD playback functionality, either through a firmware update or by creating a second-generation Wii, has been widely discussed since well before the console’s December 2006 debut.
In November last year, software developer Sonic Solutions claimed its CinePlayer CE software would be used in the Wii as the DVD playback application. However, it said the enhanced Wii would be released by Nintendo “in the latter half of 2007”.
That timeframe was confirmed by Nintendo on its Q&A site. It appears that it did indeed plan to release a Wii that can play DVDs in the second half of 2007, but that production restraints have prevented if from doing so.
It also noted that "DVD licensing fees... are higher than expected".
"Sorry for the inconvenience, but please be patient," Nintendo told its fans.
Nintendo gave no indication of when a DVD playback-enabled Wii might actually appear.
Great Idea and they can go even further
I think its a great Idea, though I will be annoyed if I have to buy a "second geveration" Wii to get the functionality. The great thing about the Wii is that it is nice and small, so more integration the better. The 360 and PS3 are huge.
The Wii has got a strong life ahead. There is so much that could be integrated on such a fantastic machine, and graphics isnt everything in a game. I play the old skool virtual console games and enjoy them just as much as i did 14+ years ago.
Inherently flawed for sound
The Wii has stereo analogue outputs - no multi-channel analogue outputs, and no optical or coaxial digital output, unlike the cheapest DVD player. So you can't get it to play Dolby Digital or DTS, even with an external decoder. The best you're going to get is one of the compromised analogue multi-channel efforts, like Pro Logic II.
Of course, it is fine if you just have stereo speakers, which can indeed make for a very nice minimal system.
Fewer boxes under the Telly
I'd agree that getting rid of the box from under the telly would be good. Being able to go down to 2 boxes at the moment (Wii & Sky HD) would be nice.
And if/when I can get my MythTV stuff working, I'd love if the wii could replace the sky box too ;)