By seaempty. Monday, November 13, 2006 7:51:19 PM
With this in mind, does it affect your decision on getting a Wii at launch? Would you be willing to wait for this new version to be released, or is DVD playback not a big selling point to you? Do you feel that it should have been a standard in the first place, or glad that you don't have to pay extra for a feature that you wouldn't use?
NOVATO, California (November 8, 2006) - Sonic Solutions® (NASDAQ: SNIC), the leader in digital media software, today announced that Nintendo, the worldwide innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, has chosen Sonic® CinePlayer® CE DVD Navigator to bring high-quality DVD movie viewing to a future version of the company's Wii™ gaming console. Nintendo plans to release this version of Wii in the latter half of 2007.
Based on the same technology trusted by Hollywood studios, CinePlayer CE DVD Navigator is a robust, software-based DVD playback engine that delivers broad playback compatibility on a variety of platforms. The proven technology offers exceptional picture quality and supports all standard video and audio formats offered in the DVD specification, as well as advanced functions such as anamorphic widescreen video, motion menus, and multiple video angles. "To be involved in Nintendo’s ground-breaking gaming console is extremely gratifying and a testament to the efficiency, flexibility and dependability of Sonic's technology," said Jim Taylor, senior vice president and general manager of Sonic's Advanced Technology Group. "Game consoles represent a fresh market and platform where we can introduce a new audience of potentially millions to the quality of our brand and the power of our digital media applications."
For me I'm glad that it was dropped. I believe that is has helped keep the price of the console down, and as I have a DVD player in my front room, do not need another! I know that some people were disappointed that the feature was removed, and it is a selling feature for Xbox 360 and PS3 (more so on the PS3 due to the Blu-Ray aspect).
Also I'm not the most technologically knowledgeable person, but if it's a "software-based DVD playback engine", does that mean it could be an upgrade downloaded via the Wii Shop perhaps?