The interwebs are abuzz today as word spreads that Nintendo does not plan on including DVD or Blu-ray playback on Wii U. Lots of negativity directed towards Nintendo about thisÂ decision has popped up on forums message boards, and even here on Infendo.Â Quite frankly, I fail to see why this is a big deal when I can head over to Amazon and find a Blu-ray player on the cheap. Sub $80 cheap. Mark my words, by Christmas 2012 Blu-ray players will go for $50 brand new at Best Buy.
As Richard has pointed out, services such as Netflix and Hulu streaming are becoming more commonplace which could mean an end to optical media altogether.
Wii U does not have DVD or Blu-ray playback capabilities.
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
Look people, Nintendo is aÂ businessÂ and the main point of business is to make money. That doesn’t exactly mean that Nintendo will pass the savings on to the consumer, but if cutting costs means a lower MSRP at launch then that’s ok by me.
Does not having Blu-ray/DVD playback rub you the wrong way?
[thanks monkat for the tip!]