The Wii is a home video game console released by Nintendo. As a seventh-generation console, the Wii primarily competes with Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3. A distinguishing feature of the console is its wireless controller, the Wii Remote, which can be used as a handheld pointing device and detect movement in three dimensions. Nintendo states that its console targets a broader demographic than that of both it's major competitors and as such, the Wii leads the generation over the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in worldwide sales.
The Wii also has relatively low specs compared to that of it's competitors. The major points of this architecture are :-
- CPU - PowerPC based processor reported at 729Mhz with the GPU reported at 243MHz (not confirmed by Nintendo)
- Memory - 88MB of main memory
- Storage - 512 MB built-in NAND flash memory, upgradable to 32GB via SD/SDHC card)
- Video - 480p (PAL/NTSC), 480i (NTSC) or 576i (PAL/SECAM), standard 4:3 and 16:9 anamorphic widescreen via component, composite, S-video, RGB SCART and VGA
- Audio - Stereo – Dolby Pro Logic II-capable
This hardware and the functionality that the Wii offers means that although it might be the most fun games console to play, it doesn't have the grunt to be a powerful media player. There are however some software packages available, both commercial and freeware, which will turn the Wii into a decent entertainment system.
To turn your Nintendo Wii into a media player, these software packages all work on the same principals:-
- Firstly, install the Wii Internet Channel.(Internet Browser)
- Install a software package onto a PC which contains your Movies, Music and Photos and use the Wii Internet Browser to connect to this software to view or listen to them. Since the Wii doesn't understand many media formats, Movies and Music are transcoded from their current format into flash v7 by the software packages(on the fly) before being played through the Browser.
The Wii Internet Channel
Playon.TV and the Nintendo Wii
Orb and the Nintendo Wii
TVersity and the Nintendo Wii