Nintendo Co.’s Wii U hardware will not support Sony Corp.’s Blu-ray disc format or the DVD format, the company said last week at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said the company feels many people own separate devices to facilitate Blu-ray or DVD playback and did not warrant the cost to incorporate the functionality into the Wii U.
Instead, the company may opt to stream entertainment content to consumers. The company’s current Wii console can stream content from Netflix Inc.
Nintendo in June said it will release Wii U, the successor the Wii hardware, in 2012.
The Wii U includes a multi-core CPU by IBM Corp., a Radeon-based high-definition GPU by AMD Inc., and will utilize flash storage with optional expansion through SD memory cards or an external hard drive.
The full high-definition hardware can relay 1080p resolution with HDMI or component cables. It will also support S-Video and composite cables.
The Wii U controller includes a 6.2-inch, 16:9 touch screen that allows users to transfer gameplay to the controller screen, or use the added screen to relay menu items.
The controller includes two analog circle pads, a d-pad, touch screen, microphone, speakers, gyrophone, face buttons and two sets of triggers.
Images to the controller screen wirelessly from the Wii u. Titles can be structured to use the controller and the screen at the same time. Examples include swiping a ninja star from the controller that fires to the TV screen.