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Wii Is HD Afterall?

Posted by Sammy Barker

Either that or are seriously in need of some hits to their site this week.

Anyway, according to a post on their website the Wii is in fact capable of High Definition graphics. It's just hidden. Or something. The original article states:

It is amazing what you can get out of a drunk Nintendo executive. Who would have thought Nintendo knows anything about CPUs and GPUs?

The bit I got the other day was that the Wii GPU has full hi-def capabilities even if they are not exposed.

The reason you don't see it is twofold, 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.

What it comes down to is that the Wii may be the best console out there, but don't look for 1920 * 1080 games pushing full rez. If anything, SD or maybe widescreen upscaled is about all you will see, but for me, I just want HDMI outs.

So basically what The Inquirer are trying to say is that the Wii can push out 1080p - but it will be plagued with frame rate issues.

According to other sites that have looked into this rumour the console should be able to deal with 720p no problem - which isn't much of a surprise seeing as a lot of original XBOX games ran in this resolution.


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User Comments (5)



Masterless said:

I don't really understand what that means.
It's pointless having HD anway unless the devlopers actually spend the time to make the games look good in the first place. A couple of developers (including Factor 5) have said that the Wii is capable of so much more.



get2sammyb said:

I think what they were trying to say is that the Wii can handle 1080p graphics - it's just the Wii will have horrible frame rate issues.

The Inquirer is known for bending the truth although maybe this does pave the way for an upgrade to the Wii hardware though?



TwilightQuest said:

Ehhh, not exactly a a revalation, msot systems are probably able to render in HD, but i don't think its really worth it.



DarkChocolate76 said:

High Definition is great if the game you're playing is developed for it, but for Wii owners with big screen tv's (like myself) the VC games don't look all that great in 480p. Every little jagged edge that you wouldn't notice as much in standard definition is extremely obviuos with component cables hooked up. For some reason, I seem to remember MK64 looking better back in the day than it does now on my tv with component cables hooked up. Oh well, it's still a great game after all these years.



get2sammyb said:

Retrogamer76: Mario 64 improved with component cables for me. Looks MUCH sharper.

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