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Wednesday, 04 May 2011 08:55

Wii2 will have 8GB of flash storage

Written by David Stellmack
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Nintendo chooses no hard drive again
Sources have confirmed that what we already told you is now fact. Nintendo will pass on adding a hard drive to the Wii2 and instead go with an 8GB flash storage drive. Expansion will be possible using SD cards, from what we have been told.

The decision not to include a hard drive apparently has more to do with durability and cost than anything else, according to a lurker from the shadows. This shadow dweller, however, claims that Nintendo has not closed the book entirely on the possibility of a hard drive add-on down the road. They might have no other choice than to offer it, as 8GB isn’t going to get it and users are not going to put up with swapping SD cards. So, at least at launch there will be no hard drive, just don’t say never.

The optical disc unit, we are told, will be a unique unit that is not expected be a Blu-ray compatible unit. Instead, it will be a CD/DVD combo drive that is able to read a special 25GB single sided optical disc. We are told that the actual disc format is similar in some ways to the old HD DVD format, but it uses a unique structure for the Wii2 titles. At least right now there is no word of Nintendo offering HD movies in this format, and we believe that this will never happen.

As for our take, we think the choice of only 8GB of flash storage is too shortsighted by the company, unless they are going to offer a hard drive or large flash storage upgrade option at a later time. If Nintendo wants the console to be a serious console that will attract developers to port the “A” titles over to this console, as well, they are going to need more storage. For example, many of the latest add-on download packs on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 check in at almost 1GB. It isn’t going to take but a few of these before the 8GB is full; and as we said, users are not going to put up with swapping SD cards.

As for the 25GB optical format, we are surprised that Nintendo would elect to do something unique, rather than adopting the Blu-ray standard and using a Blu-ray drive in the Wii2. While the price of Blu-ray drives continues to tumble, we don’t see the same for a proprietary drive; but drive and format will be unique and that will reduce the piracy potential of the unit.

In the end, we find Nintendo’s decisions surprising and we believe that anything less than 16GB (really 32GB if you want to know the truth) just does not make sense. We like the idea of a flash memory storage solution, but at 8GB it just isn’t big enough, unless Nintendo has an add-on plan for the future.


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+5 #1 Syferz 2011-05-04 09:25
The big problem with Wii storage was the 2GB max SDcards, (didn't support HC cards) so as long as the successor has SD card support for 64GB cards, I think it will be ok, 360's 20 gig left you with about 14GB? of storage out of the box, but this is a next gen console and I was hoping for 16gb as well.

Though again this shouldn't be a limiting factor if they allow 64GB SDHC cards, that is more then enough storage, even for most mmo's.

Opitcal drive sounds like single layer bluray, it would make much more since to use China's HDDVD or Panasonic's Bluray drives, HDDVD's have 3 layer support for 51GB data, and Bluray is 2 layer 50GB support. To be honest 25GB should be enough, as WoW could nearly fit on one disc, thats quite huge.
 
 
-5 #2 dan 2011-05-04 10:43
So you think you know better than Nintendo? Just how many millions did you make selling your last generation console? Exactly. So be quiet.
 
 
+3 #3 Boomstick777 2011-05-04 11:06
Im sure Nintendo know what there doing, everybody slated the Wii and it was best selling console ever. At the time Nintendo lauchned the Wii they were criticised for not being 'HD' or having 'BluRay'. It proved it didn't need it, BluRay sales are still low today. The Wii will probably have a movie streaming feature. And im sure 8GB flash memory along with USB sticks and SD cards is enough space for any game updates/patches etc. Have a little faith in Nintendo :)

Also Nintendo releasing its own disc format is a good move, hopefully it will stop piracy, at least for a while for them and the game developers can actually see some money from there titles on Wii..
 
 
+13 #4 NickThePrick 2011-05-04 11:26
I think no HDD isn't such a bad idea for a console.
The real problem (since the PS1 days) are the optical discs. They are the bottle neck for loading times and storage space. Remember how there were no loading times on the N64?
Of course back then memory was too expensive and not big enough. Today its a different story however. I think they should go back to the cartridge design.
 
 
-22 #5 SlickR 2011-05-04 12:16
What a nice way of setting themselves up for failure, Nintendo stick to building 8 bit consoles because that is the only thing you know how to build and leave the powerful and advanced stuff to Sony and Microsoft.
 
 
+13 #6 nirvanaman 2011-05-04 12:23
Quoting Syferz:
The big problem with Wii storage was the 2GB max SDcards, (didn't support HC cards) so as long as the successor has SD card support for 64GB cards

Nintendo added a firmware update to enable SDHC cards so 32GB SDHC can be used now.

Nintendo will probably have SDXC support in wii2 which enables upto 2TB and is extremely fast.
 
 
+10 #7 dan 2011-05-04 12:38
Quoting SlickR:
What a nice way of setting themselves up for failure, Nintendo stick to building 8 bit consoles because that is the only thing you know how to build and leave the powerful and advanced stuff to Sony and Microsoft.


Just like they failed the last round of the console wars eh? Cretin, learn some FACTS before you post here.
 
 
-8 #8 Flol 2011-05-04 14:58
IF they want ME to buy that console they better add a bluray drive!! i cannot understand the 8 gb flashdrive at all either, but in times of 64gb sds I don't care.
 
 
+1 #9 leftiszi 2011-05-04 15:14
Maybe that 8GB flash is not storage but disc cache! Something like the SSD/HDD bastard drives Seagate was making, only it will be SSD/Disc instead!
 
 
+1 #10 gsacks 2011-05-04 17:10
I wish they would include bluray compatibility, but really it is not a show stopper. The 360 seems to be doing fine without it. And stand alone bluray players are cheap now. Assume Netflix is a given, since they already have it on the Wii, and if they are smart they will add additional streaming sources.
 

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