Wii U Internet Browser Specs Revealed...you know for those who care

Discussion in 'Wii U - Games & Content' started by Hadrian, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. Hadrian

    Hadrian Better than Craigslist

    Former Staff
    Oct 12, 2004
    Via it's own website, Nintendo has put out the specs for the Wii U Internet Browser. Here are those specs for those who care about that sort of thing.


    Browser Engine
    NetFront® Browser NX v2.1
    User agent
    Mozilla/5.0 (Nintendo WiiU) AppleWebKit/534.52 (KHTML, like Gecko) NX/{Version No} NintendoBrowser/{Version No}.US
    Supported Protocols
    Web Standard
    HTML4.01/HTML5/XHTML1.1/CSS1/CSS2.1/CSS3. (partial functionality)
    XMLHttpRequest/canvas/Video/Web Storage (partial functionality)
    Web Messaging/Server-Sent Events/Device Orientation/WOFF/SVG
    Does not support plug-ins, such as Adobe Flash.
    The browser supports only one of these at a time: touchstart, touchend, touchmove, touchcancel
    Screen resolution
    If it isn't specified, width is 980px layout
    It is possible to specify width/height of the viewport within the HTML’s <head>...</head>, and specify scaling permission via user-scalable meta tags.
    (e.g) <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, user-scalable=no"/>
    Saving/upload of image/video
    Not supported
    Video Format
    MP4, M3U8+TS(HTTPLiveStreaming)
    (Some videos may not be playable.)
    Video Codec
    H.264 - MPEG-4 AVC Video
    (Some videos may not be playable.)
    Audio Codec
    AAC - ISO/IEC 14496-3 MPEG-4 AAC
    (Some audio may not be playable.)

    So yeah no flash, which was to be expected and I think was already confirmed...
  2. Fear Zoa

    Fear Zoa Still Alive

    Jun 18, 2009
    United States
    Its nice to finally see some specs, unfortunately i'm not really sure what to make of them, sucks it won't support flash but we already knew that .
  3. chris888222

    chris888222 GBAtemp's Flygon Fan

    Oct 11, 2010
    At least the browser supports YouTube.
  4. Issac

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    Yeah, such a shame it doesn't support flash... (even though people always scream it's broken blah blah... some small flash games could be fun to poke around with :P)
  5. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvert™

    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    Kinda' glad to see there's no support for lower SSL versions, which are considered broken (and no, not in a way that would allow hacking the unit). This points to some care in selection.

    I do wonder why HTTP 1.0 support is there, seeing as 1.1 was in RFC form in 1999... it can be assumed that any web server software still in use uses 1.1 now (as I doubt the browser is meant for other things), but whatever, it's not like having it opens holes.

    Partial CSS3? That's encouraging, though probably just coming along like that because of Webkit (CSS3 on the whole is more than just "static" skinning like CSS2 and below focused on).

    ECMAScript is a "proper" name for javascript, for those that are curious.

    Canvas/Video/WebStorage are some of the major things people talk about when referring to "HTML5", so it can be assumed that some "HTML5" functionality will work, even if the browser's not implementing everything according to standards (or everything at all).

    SVG support is nice, lots of diagrams on Wikipedia are in that format already... though I'd like to know how it handles scaling (early implementations tended to screw it up).

    Only supporting H.264 with AAC? That's pretty standard (almost the standard combination for videos in the MP4 container nowadays), but I'd have liked to see support for other formats for non-flash streaming.
  6. Gahars

    Gahars Bakayaro Banzai

    Aug 5, 2011
    United States
    New Jersey
    Flash, ahhhhh... you'll have to get it elsewhere!
    TwinRetro and Guild McCommunist like this.
  7. the_randomizer

    the_randomizer The Temp's official fox whisperer

    Apr 29, 2011
    United States
    Dr. Wahwee's castle
    I thought that used Flash and not HTML5.
  8. jalaneme

    jalaneme Female Gamer

    Nov 27, 2006
    the browser specs are not anything exciting, i don't think i would use the wii u browser anyways.
  9. Traversal

    Traversal Soooo cool!

    Oct 17, 2010
    United States
    There's a version of the player for both Flash and HTML5.
  10. PizzaPino

    PizzaPino GBAtemp Fan

    Oct 4, 2008
    both. you can set youtube to only use html5 if you like http://www.youtube.com/html5

    edit: :ph34r:'d
  11. The Milkman

    The Milkman GBATemp's Official Asshat Milkman

    Jan 12, 2011
    United States
    Throwing milk at the bitches!
    Cool, Mozilla, so I suppose its going to similar to FireFox in a sense or am I completely off?
  12. emigre

    emigre Oh Jeremy Corbyn

    Jan 28, 2009
    United States
    So I can't stream pr0n?
  13. Peps

    Peps GBAtemp Regular

    Jun 28, 2009
    It's using a slightly newer version of WebKit than Android 4.0 uses. So you can probably use Android 4.0 as a basis of what to expect from the browser, which is actually pretty decent. Not great, but still pretty good. It means website developers won't have to worry too much about getting their site to work on the Wii U.
  14. Taleweaver

    Taleweaver Storywriter

    Dec 23, 2009
    My main question is: how well will I be able to zoom in on naughty pictures?

    Oh, and how easy it is to use the gamepad as a virtual keyboard while the main screen serves as the "monitor".
  15. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvert™

    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    Webkit, so the rendering engine will be the same thing Chrome uses.

    The UI, however, isn't directly related to the rendering engine.
  16. Coto

    Coto GBAtemp Addict

    Jun 4, 2010
    Uhm when I saw "netfront I was like, noooooooooooooooooo.". Well at least we still got some good compatibility with older webpages, and css2.0+.

    Flash is buggy as hell, also it can run custom code(ie:user code) in a very specific way so it's a no no for gaming consoles. (kinda aww, yes i know) but i've seen some stuff done on html5 and it's still something*

    XMLhttprequest seems to be part of ASP,PHP connection standards(like, a socket required to get working those)

    And, is still good to see they have insecure / secure web protocols because of compatibility with most webpages.

    It'd be a shame to run X webpage and it can't run because the web browser expects an updated webpage
  17. Wizerzak

    Wizerzak Because I'm a potato!

    May 30, 2010
    United Kingdom
    This might make you guys more optimistic about it

    So, a great speed AND html5 support. Sounds great to me! Sure flash is a bit of a downside but that doesn't matter as much as it used to (especially as Apple survived long enough without it).
  18. Cyan

    Cyan GBATemp's lurking knight

    Global Moderator
    Oct 27, 2002
    Engine room, learning
    It's nice to see it's supporting javascript/ajax (XMLhttprequest) and has touchscreen events (the functions to detect if the screen is touched/moved etc. directly from the webpage script, which can interact with the user's action. I'm sure some website will be using it especially for WiiU/gaming related on WiiU gamepad).

    CSS3 support is good too (even if partially, no browser have it fully supported anyway, right?)
  19. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvert™

    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    Last I checked CSS3 wasn't even finalized (like think other standards are). So it's kind of like like "draft-n"...
  20. Treeko

    Treeko GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 29, 2012
    of course it won't support Flash,they already dropped support so long ago,happy though it'll support HTML5.
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