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Wii U won’t support Blu-ray movies or DVDs

Wii U Blu rayThe Wii U will not support Blu-ray movies nor DVD movies, according to information WiiUDaily has dug up from the past. While the Wii U will support a Blu-ray-like drive capable of storing upwards of 25GB per disc, Wii U Blu-ray playback will still be a no-no. Not even DVD movies will be playable on the Wii U.

The reason, according to Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata, speaking to Mashable at E3 2011: Nintendo is looking to cut costs on the new console and get rid of anything that isn’t directly related to gaming in the hardware. For a console to play Blu-ray and DVD movies, a few more computer chips are required, and a few dollars in licensing costs. We estimate that adding Wii U Blu-ray and DVD playback will cost Nintendo less than $5 per console.

We can’t say that we’re surprised that Nintendo is trying to cut costs on the console, as its expensive tablet controller and new hardware will quickly drive up costs. Nintendo is expected to price the Wii U at $299 when it debuts later this year, and some analysts believe that even that price point is too high to compete with the current gen consoles.

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  • angel

    We already know that since the past year :Yaoming:…
    Anyway, it’s a good idea, Nintendo it’s a VIDEOGAME company, not a Movie or other media company, if i want to watch a movie, i turn on my DVD, not my console.

    Also, 25 GB of capacity in the discs of Wii U it’s good enough.

  • alienfish

    I wonder if they don’t put in blu-ray support just because they don’t want to pay Sony for it lol. Anyway, I’m really only looking forward to the games that will be on it.

  • Mr. Small

    I don’t see why they’re even using an optical disc format. The transfer rate of any optical disc drive pales in comparison to the speeds that can be attained using some form of flash memory cards or something. Not an issue if they allow installing of the game to the hard drive (it will have one, yes?) but if not it’ll be a bottleneck for the system. If you look at a game like Rage, it uses a streaming process for things like textures and the slow transfer speed of discs caused the 360 version to have stuttering and lag in loading backgrounds, etc… Apparently it wasn’t as much of a problem if installed to the HD.

  • TheMaddMan

    To hell with Blu-ray! I get a Wii U to play games, not do something that I can do on, oh let’s say… my Ipod, my DVD player, Netflix, and my computer. Wii U is for games, not movies!

  • 3ds cover

    You realize therefore significantly in relation to this topic, made me in my view believe it from so many various angles. Its like women and men aren’t involved until it’s something to do with Lady gaga! Your personal stuffs nice. All the time take care of it up!

  • Raegus

    So I can buy a ps3 and do everything or I have to buy a wii U AND a blu-ray player? I think Nintendo made that choice for me, which is a shame.

  • Fred Astaire

    You can tell the engineers @ Nintendo that their desire to sell this proprietary disc format is gonna cost em $299.00 for the game player, plus whatever they want for the software too.