Wii U will not play DVD and Blu Ray movies

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  1. NiGHtS
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    Personally? The bit in bold I highlighted humoured me, seeing as most of the people I know who take advantage of Blu Ray (a fair few people) do so on their PS3's.

    It's both a lazy and good thing to do.

    Lazy because people GENERALLY like their systems to have the all in one factor, which saves space, money etc.
    Good because it DOES cut costs for the Wii U meaning its highly predicted lucrative price will come down a bit.
     


  2. Slyakin

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    Well, I guess he has a point... But the WiiU would greatly benefit from the fact that it could play Blu-rays. I know a few people that just bought PS3s for that fact only. They don't even use it to play PS3 games.

    The cost of the WiiU should be lower, though.
     
  3. Blaze163

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    My dad bought the family PS3 the day it was announced that Warner Bros had defected to Blu-Ray from HD DVD. It became apparant that Blu-Ray was winning that battle and it worked out about the same price to buy a PS3 as a Blu-Ray player at the time, so it was a worthwhile investment.

    Not having at least DVD playback in your console these days is something of a brainless move, IMHO. Hell, even the handhelds have movie playback facilities. The only move dumber than this was Sony's decision to remove PS2 playback and cut off a huge back catalogue. That was REALLY stupid.
     
  4. TwinRetro

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    At this point, there really is no excuse not to have simple media playback. I'm hoping it can play divx and such at least.
     
  5. geenlung

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    Hopefully it'll be hackable to play DVD/Blu Rays.
     
  6. Slyakin

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    Probably not. The specs have mentioned that the WiiU plays proprietary discs only.

    I guess Netflix might make up for this... But it still sucks.
     
  7. TwinRetro

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    I'm talking about digital content. like divx .avi files and .mkv files.
     
  8. NiGHtS
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    Well we can always look towards homebrew a few years down the line eh?
     
  9. Nollog

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    DVD playback is expensive and legacy at this point.
    Nintendo see you using streaming movie services for your media playback, which is fine by them because that costs them nothing as far as patents, royalties, etc. are concerned.

    If someone makes a movie player for download or on disc that'll read my offline movies, that'd be super.
    Especially if I could watch my movies on the ucontroller while in bed or lying on the floor or whatever within range.
     
  10. etrigan

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    Eh....to be honest, bluray is not something that has really taken off anyways.

    It won the battle over HD-DVD...but I only know a handful of people with bluray players, and out of those only a few have more than 2 or 3 discs. Everyone uses netflix or pirates.

    I have a bluray player in my HTPC and I have one disc. Its nice for the special features, but beyond that its just not needed/used.

    Bluray won't last as long as DVD's did. Sony themselves sell tv's with netflix built in. They know the future...

    DVD is dead to me. The HTPC can play it for me, and so can the original xbox, 360, and Wii that I have...and I literally have hundreds of DVD's, but I haven't touched them in ages.

    MKV's FTW otherwise.
     
  11. ShawnTRods

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    Well, it does not bother me, but it would be nice [​IMG].
     
  12. Hielkenator

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    I have a 80 bucks Blu-ray player, and digital broadcast in HD, films and programs on demand.
    WHO THE HELL NEEDS ANOTHER BLU -RAY player?

    Smart move from Nintendo. Movie playback is absolutely overkill for this time and age.
    I can watch movie on about anything, it's no novelty anymore.
    Online streaming and digital broadcast is what's next.

    We needs games and interactive entertainement in many many different ways.
    And that's what this console is meant to do.
     
  13. Selim873

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    Well, it IS a GAME console...
     
  14. Nollog

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    I'm too poor to get TV let alone HDTV.
    My country's market is too small to have anyone venture into streaming tv or movies.
    [​IMG]

    I have a blu-ray reader in my PC, but I've never tried it.
     
  15. Windaga

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    I'm not too bothered by it, but I still think it's an odd choice. I know the drawbacks of doing so but still...

    I still watch DVDs on my PS2 [​IMG]
     
  16. Sir Spanky

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    The Wii U would have been my Blu-ray player, so I'm a little disappointed.

    I'm presuming it is because Nintendo don't want top pay the license to unlock the Blu-Ray campabilities, as it actually contains the physical hardware right? At least that means it will be hackable eventually [​IMG]
     
  17. granville

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    I've got a laptop that can play DVD's and blurays (with HDMI output for my big TV). So yeah, definitely don't need this support.

    It's perfectly plausible that if the system is ever hacked, it would be possible to simply create a homebrew app that plays bluray disks. This was done with the Wii for DVD's very easily (the Wii was intended to support DVD playback originally, but they dropped support to avoid license fees apparently, but the ability still remained dormant). Wii U uses a format whose capacity indicates it's the same as a single layer bluray disk, so i'm guessing it actually does use bluray format (just not the actual name or the ability to play movies).
     
  18. Foxi4

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    A) It doesn't cut costs at all - they're going to put the exact same drive (DVD or BluRay) into the console anyways.
    B) It's just plain lazy not to add the application to play multimedia from discs
    C) They're probably chopping down the DVD/BluRay compatibility to prevent people from burning their own copies on standard discs, which will inevitably fail anyways, since nowadays we're more interested in the USB port.
     
  19. rockstar99

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    Who cares?
     
  20. silver_ryder

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    If that's the case can you blame then!?