One of the PS3’s most attractive features is its ability to play Blu-ray movies. The PS3 and Xbox 360 can of course play films on DVD too, making them ideal entertainment hubs for the living room.
But Nintendo have a history of taking a different path, and unsurprisingly this trend will continue with their next console. “[The] Wii U does not have DVD or Blu-ray playback capabilities,” Nintendo President Satoru Iwata told investors.
The reason behind this appears to be quite simple:
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.
While he’s quite right that most people already have machines to play DVDs, a lot of households don’t have machines capable of Blu-ray playback. We already knew that games will be stored on Nintendo’s own unique media discs, but having no support for DVD or Blu-ray movies could hinder the Wii U’s sale potential amongst some consumers.
So what do you think? Do the benefits of reduced costs outweigh those of supporting some of the latest technologies? The comments section below is waiting for your opinion.