Feeds

Nintendo: no DVD, BD playback for Wii U

Not Invented Here

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Nintendo's next-gen console, the Wii U, will, like its predecessor, have no DVD playback capabilities. It won't play Blu-ray Discs, either.

Ninty boss Satoru Iwata confirmed the news during a Nintendo Q&A session following E3 last week.

He 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."

Wii U

Proprietary all the way

In an interview with Kotaku, Nintendo designer Katsuya Eguchi confirmed the Wii U will use a proprietary high-density optical disc format. These supposedly pack 25GB of storage capacity, the same as a single-layer BD.

Considering Nintendo appears to be pushing the Wii U as the ultimate entertainment hub for consumer's living rooms, the exclusion of standardised formats might not be such a wise one. Still, it didn't do the Wii any harm, despite the many calls for DVD playback functionality.

Has Iwata got a point - perhaps he thinks we'll all be downloading HD movies by the time the Wii U appears - or is Nintendo simply cost-cutting? Let us know what you think below. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads
Only 7 of 50 parliamentarians plump for Samsung Galaxy S
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
Intel's LAME DUCK mobile chips gobbled by CASH COW
Chipzilla won't have money-losing mobe unit to kick about anymore
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Getting ahead of the compliance curve
Learn about new services that make it easy to discover and manage certificates across the enterprise and how to get ahead of the compliance curve.