Wii U confirmed to be 3D capable, but how about Netflix?
Satoru Iwata has confirmed the 3D functionality that we have all been speculating on the Wii U.
“If you are going to connect Wii U with a home TV capable of displaying 3D images, technologically, yes, it is going to be possible, but that’s not the area we are focusing on,” he said to Mercury News.
“When it comes to the home console, it depends upon the availability of 3D TV sets at home, which, unfortunately, is not expanding enough. And rather than pouring a lot of energy into that kind of area, with the Wii U we’d like to focus more on each Wii U owner being able to have an equal opportunity to enjoy it.”
Now that we have that confirmation about the 3D capability, what about streaming television shows or movies? In a recent interview with Forbes
, this topic was touched on with Reggie Fils-Aime.
Can a user consume content other than games on the controller? Could I watch a TV show on it?
The messaging comes right from the console. So the programming would need to originate off the console.
So if I’m connected to Netflix on my Wii, I could watch Netflix on the controller?
Theoretically, that’s possible.
Another question about the capability of the control was if it can be used if the Wii U console is powered off. This would give an indication that the controller would be usable as a portable handheld, if the system was not turned on, however, it was confirmed that the console has to be powered on, to be able to use the controller.