The Wii U may be lacking a list of developed games to display and it may not have DVD or Blu-Ray capabilities. It also won’t be the best console in terms of online functionality (according to Miyamoto). However, Nintendo’s head-honcho Satoru Iwata confirmed today that the players who scraped together a couple of thousand dollars in order to buy a 3D TV will not be disappointed to know that if they plan on buying a Wii U, the system will support 3D:
“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. When it comes to 3D, we already have the 3DS, and each owner of the Nintendo 3DS is capable of viewing 3D images. However, 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.”
Satoru is spot on in his analysis of the 3D market as of now. The concept of 3D TV and 3D gaming is a fascinating one, yet the pricey tags on most 3D sets is more than most gamers (or anyone for that matter) are willing to pay for a conception that has not yet proved that it is here to stay and people are understandably hesitant to make that expensive of an investment. As of now, Microsoft is the only company not yet testing the waters of 3D technology, but I would bet heavily on the fact that their next console will feature 3D support to some degree.