Nintendo is to launch a propriety format instead of opting to include a Blu-ray drive in the Wii U
Nintendo’s recently unveiled Nintendo Wii U console will come without a DVD or Blu-ray player as the company targets its own propriety format, an interview with Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has revealed.
Announced in an investor Q&A with Iwata, news that the Wii follow-up will not support either of the current leading entertainment formats comes as a surprise as the Japanese gaming head reveals the decision was made based on costing of the console.
"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," Iwata declared.
As well as revealing that the Wii U will not support Blu-ray or DVD formats Iwata outed Nintendo’s plans to make the second-generation Wii the first social networking compatible console. "After examining the penetration and adoption rate of social networking services like Facebook, etc, we've come to the conclusion that we are no longer in a period where we cannot have any connection at all with social networking services.
"Rather, I think we've come to an era where it's important to consider how the social graph of the social networking services can work in conjunction with something like a video game platform."