Posted on June 15, 2011, Phil Owen 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.