E3 2011: New console can read discs as big as Blu-ray, employee says

Nintendo: Wii U disc capacity at 25GB

Nintendo’s next home console will read discs as large as 25 gigabytes of data, according to one of the firm’s chief game designers.

Nintendo exec Katsuya Eguchi told Kotaku that Wii U’s proprietary disc format could carry enough data to fill a Blu-ray disc.

Elsewhere it is being reported that Wii U won’t be compatible with Blu-Ray.

According to Nintendo’s official Wii U spec sheet, the system features "a single self-loading media bay" that plays "12-centimeter proprietary high-density optical discs for the new console, as well as 12-centimeter Wii optical discs".

At the firm’s E3 press conference, Nintendo unveiled its ambitious new games console, Wii U.

At the centre of the new console is a built-in 6.2” touch-screen.

The controller can play content from the console without the TV switched on, or indeed with both screens being inventively used at the same time.

Data is wirelessly transmitted between TV and controller “without latency issues”, Nintendo said.

For more on Develop’s Wii U coverage, go here

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