Wii U discs will store 25GB of data

first_imgOne of Nintendo‘s chief game designers let slip to Kotaku that the discs that will hold Wii U titles will be beefier than your average DVD. They are more like a Blu-ray disc, even though the drive won’t be a Blu-ray drive. They’ll be 25GB discs, and proprietary to Nintendo. That means not only did Nintendo release a new console yesterday, but they also invented a new optical storage technology just to go with it.This will also put Nintendo on par with Sony: the PlayStation 3 uses Blu-ray discs for games, and those discs are single-layer and capable of storing up to 25GB. There are precious few details about what Nintendo’s new storage technology looks like, or what kind of drive will be inside the new Wii U console.AdChoices广告Everything we know about the console so far indicates that the drive will be a “single self-loading media bay,” according to Nintendo’s spec, which will use “proprietary high-density optical discs,” as well as standard Wii game discs. Now we know the proprietary format will be 25GB discs that fit into the same space as a standard DVD. We don’t know if the drive will also be capable of playing standard DVDs, although we can’t imagine it wouldn’t be.We also don’t know whether the new drive format will be single or dual layer – if the drives are dual-layer, we could be looking at a revival of the now defunct HD-DVD format which could fit 30GB on a dual layer, although that seems unlikely. Even so, prior to E3 we would have thought it was unlikely that Nintendo would create a new optical disc format instead of adopting a market standard like Blu-Ray, even if it’s tied to Sony.The real question is going to be how long will it take someone to be able to read those discs in a device that’s not a Nintendo Wii U, or how long it takes someone to create a utility that will allow Wii U games to be stored on external storage for quick access? We already know the Wii U will support external storage attached to its USB ports. Depending on the speed of that drive, we could be looking at long disc read times if there’s no way to cache the information.Read more at Kotakulast_img read more