Wii U won't support DVD or Blu-ray functionality, Nintendo has confirmed.
President Satoru Iwata told investors following E3: "Wii U does not have DVD or Blu-ray playback capabilities.
"The reason for that is that we feel that enough people already have devices that are capable of playing DVDs and Blu-ray, such that it didn't warrant the cost involved to build that functionality into the Wii U console because of the patents related to those technologies."
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".
Iwata also told shareholders that Wii U's online environment will "take advantage of" voice chat features and social networking services.