Wii U won't support the Blu-ray media format, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has confirmed.
Asked by GameTrailers what kind of optical media disc the newly announced console will run, he said:
"This is proprietary technology. We haven't disclosed the capacity, but obviously it has to have a significant capacity to drive HD graphics."
Will the capacity be on a par with Blu-ray?
"We're not going to compare ourselves to someone else's technology," Fils-Aime added. "What I can tell you is it won't be Blu-ray and the disc won't be a limiter to the types of experiences consumers can have."
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".
Fils-Aime also said the backwards compatible HD console won't 'up-res' Wii games.
"It will not do that. That's really driven by the hardware, and the original games were built for a specific type of hardware. There's no mechanism to 'up-res' that unless we launch a brand new game."