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    Lots of Wii U Internet browser specs

    Nintendo’s Wii U page has been updated with a bunch of different specs for the console’s web browser.

    It’s been reconfirmed that plugins such as Flash won’t be supported. You also won’t be able to save/upload images or video through the browser.

    The full list of specs – browser engine, user agent, codecs, and more – can be found below.


    Browser Engine

    - NetFront Browser NX v2.1

    User agent

    - Mozilla/5.0 (Nintendo WiiU) AppleWebKit/534.52 (KHTML, like Gecko) NX/{Version No} NintendoBrowser/{Version No}.US

    Supported Protocols

    - HTTP1.0/HTTP1.1/SSL3.0/TLS1.0/TLS1.1/TLS1.2

    Web Standard

    - HTML4.01/HTML5/XHTML1.1/CSS1/CSS2.1/CSS3. (partial functionality)
    - DOM1-3/ECMAScript
    - XMLHttpRequest/canvas/Video/Web Storage (partial functionality)
    - Web Messaging/Server-Sent Events/Device Orientation/WOFF/SVG

    Plug-ins

    - Does not support plug-ins, such as Adobe Flash.

    TouchEvent

    - The browser supports only one of these at a time: touchstart, touchend, touchmove, touchcancel

    Screen resolution

    - If it isn’t specified, width is 980px layout
    - It is possible to specify width/height of the viewport within the HTML’s …, and specify scaling permission via user-scalable meta tags.
    (e.g)

    Saving/upload of image/video

    - Not supported

    Video Format

    - MP4, M3U8+TS(HTTPLiveStreaming) (Some videos may not be playable.)

    Video Codec

    - H.264 – MPEG-4 AVC Video (Some videos may not be playable.)

    Audio Codec

    - AAC – ISO/IEC 14496-3 MPEG-4 AAC (Some audio may not be playable.)

    Thanks to Yben for the tip.
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    It's a pain that flash and saving video/images via browser, but does it have DVD playability? Also isn't there a media player for playing via HDD?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2Hack
    It's a pain that flash and saving video/images via browser, but does it have DVD playability? Also isn't there a media player for playing via HDD?
    As far as I've read Nintendo confirmed it will not play DVDs cause "everyone already has a DVD player so there is no need to add extra to the cost of the system to make it DVD enabled"

    Something along those lines anyway. Though they did not address weather or not videos could be played via an external HDD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SNES_Master

    As far as I've read Nintendo confirmed it will not play DVDs cause "everyone already has a DVD player so there is no need to add extra to the cost of the system to make it DVD enabled"

    Something along those lines anyway.
    That's a pain... Maybe a wii u MC will come out that supports it? I guess it will all come Down to the USB loading. Aren't the games ~20 GB iso's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2Hack

    That's a pain... Maybe a wii u MC will come out that supports it? I guess it will all come Down to the USB loading. Aren't the games ~20 GB iso's?
    25gb but after scrubbing who knows, they may end up being <15gb.

    If Nintendo doesn't make a native USB video player then I will look forwarder to WiiUMC

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2Hack View Post
    It's a pain that flash and saving video/images via browser, but does it have DVD playability? Also isn't there a media player for playing via HDD?
    I can see it from a security standpoint. Nintendo has a burden to keep the consoles as simple as possible to be able to thus cater to the extreme ends of the age spectrum. With internet browsing you add an entire layer of complexity that is unnecessary (similar to the lack of DVD playback) and requires vigilant maintenance. Take for instance Flash. Flash could be used to introduce virii to the Wii U, as well as making our job of modding the Wii U so much easier (example: click this link to install HBCU on your Wii U). With the possibility of virii, you would then have to implement some form of anti-virus measures, none of which are 100% fail-safe and all of which require consistent and regular updating and other forms of user intervention.

    Virii, hacking, and unnecessary user intervention are three of the major elements that I'm sure Nintendo does NOT want associated with their console. The last thing they want is a console that's "too complicated to use." All for the sake of adding a capability that most people can do on their phones anyway.

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