Wii U Won’t Play DVDs

Hey, so Satoru Iwata didn’t just say stupid things about the Wii U. He also said something logical. It turns out that the Wii U won’t have the ability to play movies on DVD or Blu-ray, instead only handling its proprietary new disc format. And here’s why, according to Iwata:

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.

That is a totally logical train of thought. I currently have five devices capable of playing DVDs — and I only have two TVs — so I don’t really need another one. That means I certainly won’t weep over this missing feature in the Wii U.

via Gamasutra

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4 Comments on Wii U Won’t Play DVDs


On June 15, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Doesnt bother me, as I have 360 and ps3 but i still find it dumb to not have dvd playback


On June 16, 2011 at 2:34 am

I’m ok with it as long as the price of the console be shipper than ps3\360.

Not paying patents and copyright=reduce production cost=lower price for buyers (i hope)

i like it

On June 16, 2011 at 5:02 am

i like it. i deliberately bought a ps2 to play dvds. and an N64 & NGC to play games

Brandon J. Clark

On June 17, 2011 at 7:16 am

This bothers me…. end of story…