Is the Wii capable of playing full-HD movies?

Discussion in 'Wii - Hardware, Devices and Utilities' started by Lucif3r, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. Lucif3r

    Lucif3r GBAtemp Maniac

    Sep 10, 2011

    Just had a thought here. I know there are media players available for the Wii.
    What I wonder is if the Wii hardware is powerful enough to play a full-HD movie without stutter etc? Obviously the media player needs to downscale the image.

    Reason I wonder is because the Wii is sooo easy to carry with you. Would be nice to bring it over to friends and use a media player. The issue is I have a lot of HD movies, which would be a shame to miss out on.

    So, have anyone tried to play a full-HD (or 720p) movie on the Wii?
  2. Necron

    Necron Lurking~

    Dec 29, 2008
    Mi casa
    I have played some on my PS2, so I think the Wii is capable of doing it.
  3. nano351

    nano351 GBAtemp Regular

    Jun 6, 2009
    United States
    wii is only capable of outputting 480p 4:3 resolution. Anything more gets downscaled so there is no point.
  4. kylster

    kylster mich weich töten

    Sep 11, 2010
    United States
    Fr33D0M R1N6
    Yes and no; if you check out the site the it will tell you which formats/containers etc support which video resolution so your typical 720p 1280x720 is only playing using certain formats/containers like your see including but not limited to .AVI, .MKV., .MP4.

    I also believe this would mostly rely on the profile set (x264 encoding with mkv and mp4 formats) since these are all hardware based. It may increase the size of the video by a couple of MiB if you lower the profile but it will be more likely to play better. I would even say as far as to go down to 1.1-3.1 Profile should be able to play fine on a Wii. Have not tried it I just know some things the Wii plays fine that the PS3 wont and the PS3 plays fine some things that the Wii wont; but the one thing I am sure about is the Profile you set.
  5. Lacius

    Lacius GBAtemp Guru

    May 11, 2008
    United States
    I've had success with very few HD video files. Usually you will get a stutter or something. This is with WiiMC.
  6. carlitos92jose

    carlitos92jose Advanced Member

    May 11, 2010
    United States
    I tried with a few 720p videos with wiimc and the video lags, is not to enjoyable. but give it a try, maybe yo have more luck.
  7. Lucif3r

    Lucif3r GBAtemp Maniac

    Sep 10, 2011

    You obviously didnt read the reason I wanted to know this.

    @ others (esp. kylster)
    Thanks for the responses. It seems like theres a trial and error with HD movies then. Guess Ill just give it a try when the time comes :)
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  8. tueidj

    tueidj I R Expert

    Jan 8, 2009
    The wii's CPU runs at less than 800MHz and has no useful SIMD instructions. It doesn't have a hope of playing 720p H264 videos, it can barely handle 1080i MPEG2.
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