Possible Reasons Why the Wii Was the Last To Get Netflix Support

As the first batch of Netflix DVDs for the Nintendo Wii starts sending out (on Friday) to Netflix customers that requested a streaming DVDs for their Wii, they are the last console to get the support. There may be some reasons that the Wii got the streaming service. Here are some possible reasons that the Nintendo Wii was last to get the service for the platform.

1. Cannot handle full HD resolution. The Wii can handle a maximum of 570i resolution.

2. Has the slowest processor compared to the PS3 and the XBox 360. The Nintendo Wii has a 743 MHz processor, while a XBox 360 has a 3.2 GHz tri-core processor and the PS3 has a 3.2 GHz processor with 1 Power Processor Element and 7 Synergistic Processing Elements. This may be bad since that the bits of data must be converted to something we can see. Will the frame rate be low like playing YouTube videos on the device.

3. Has a small on board storage. With only 512mb of storage and a lot does go on the other games, channels, virtual games, etc., the Wii cannot cache a lot of video making it sometime difficult when you have to download the video in realtime.

As for Netflix to start sending out their streaming DVDs for the Nintendo Wii, it will be a great time for some people to have something to do on their Spring break (depending on locations).