It seems being a multifunctional entertainment hub will never be Nintendo’s focus when releasing a new console. It has been confirmed during a Q&A session with the company’s head honcho Satoru Iwata, that Nintendo’s next generation console, the Wii U will not support movie playback for standard formats DVD and Bluray.
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.”
However, considering Netflix Instant is currently working on the original Wii, and it’s coming to the 3DS within the next couple of months, you would say it will have some sort of presence on Nintendo’s upcoming console.
Ditching DVD and Bluray support seems like a bold step, but one that was more than expected from a firm as unpredictable as Nintendo, and it must be said their do-it-their-way attitude has helped them greatly in the past. But what do you think? Is DVD and Bluray playback a selling point for you? Feel free to speak your mind in the comment section.