Nintendo’s Ace up their sleeve?
The Inquirer got word from a drunk NOA exec that the Wii GPU has full hi-def capabilities even if they are not exposed.
The reason you don’t see it is two-fold, the fact that the console can’t really push HD rez at reasonable frame rates and the fact that it would cost more. The latter will probably become a moot point with the first Wii refresh but the former problem is really here to stay.
I don’t think this is really that big of a surprise. The Xbox had a bunch of games in 720p and if it turns out this is true I don’t think the Wii needs to run things in 1080I. I’m thinking that in a year or so, we’ll start to see some HD Wii games pop up. It’s good to know that at least it’s under the hood.
The Wii has it’s Excalibur.
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