Nintendo Says Netflix Viewing On Wii U Controller Is "Theoretically" Possible

Credit to Forbes for pressing Nintendo of America's president, Reggie Fils-Aime, on the take-it-anywhere capabilities of the Wii U's touch-screen controller.

In an interview, Forbes' David M. Ewalt asked Fils-Aime whether it was possible to watch streaming video on the controller. "The messaging comes right from the console. So the programming would need to originate off the console," Fils-Aime said. Pressed on the point, Ewalt asked Fils-Aime if it was possible to watch Netflix-streamed content with the controller.

"Theoretically, that's possible," Fils-Aime said. Now, this does not make the Wii U controller into a go-anywhere device independent of the system. Whatever content it's showing, "It's got to be powered through the console," Fils-Aime said.

The takeaway: If it comes from the console, it can go to that controller, and if Nintendo isn't touting the ability to watch Netflix content on it, it's only because they haven't crossed Ts and dotted Is on that agreement yet.

What Is Nintendo Planning With The Wii U? Reggie Fils-Aime Explains It All [ via RipTen]


    The console needs a hard drive, doesn't it?

      So far leaked info says it will have internal storage but not a great amount.. But it will support USB hard drives.

    If the controller has a short range and doesn't work more than a room away from the house (as a Nintendo rep said at E3 when asked if players could continue playing while they go to the bathroom) that means netflix streaming will be restricted to the same range as well though right?

      Very much so.. I guess it depends on how much data is being streamed back and forward and if the netflix data would be smaller than say an actual game being played.

      I guess its just more a convenience thing, Watch something big on the main screen then give the kids (or try and force the misses!) onto the smaller one :P


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