Sonic Solutions, a maker of digital media software, on Monday said that Nintendo, the Japanese electronics firm, has selected it to provide DVD playback technology for use within an upcoming version of its Wii next-generation game console, Reuters reports.
Both Microsoft and Sony have been actively touting their machines’ ability to support high-definition DVD playback, but Nintendo has been relatively mum on the subject of whether Wii would eventually offer users such a feature. When Sony releases PlayStation 3 in the United States, it will be available in a $499 low-end version with a 20GB hard drive, as well as a $599 model with 60GB of storage space and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. Both will feature Blu-ray drives. Microsoft recently said it would soon offer an HD-DVD add-on drive for use with the Xbox 360. A base Xbox 360 system sells for about $299, and the add-on HD-DVD drive will retail for about $170. The software giant also recently upgraded its Xbox Live online game service to support 1080p high-definition DVD playback.
It is unclear from the Reuters article whether Sonic’s CinePlayer CE DVD Navigator to be used within Wii supports 720p or 1080p high-definition DVD playback.