Wii U Internet Browser Supports HTML5, Not Flash

The core architecture is based on NetFront Browser

By on November 5th, 2012 09:14 GMT

The developers working on the software side of the upcoming Wii U home console reveal all the specifications for the browser which will be included in the new Nintendo hardware platform and will power the Internet experience for all users.

The core architecture of the Wii U Internet browser will be based on the NetFront Browser, which is also used for the 3DS handheld from the same company, but also the PlayStation 3 home console and the PlayStation Vita from Sony.

Users will be able to use the browser in the middle of the game, maybe to get some relevant information while using the television to play a game, and they will also have the option of using just the small screen on the GamePad controller while they watching other content on their television set.

Nintendo also says that they are not planning to offer any plug-in support for the Wii U browser, which means that Adobe Flash content will not run on it.

Gamers will also lack the option to save or to upload images through the program and no multi touch support for the GamePad touch screen will be available.

Nintendo also says that the Wii U browser will use the HTML 5 standard.

The company is keen to position its upcoming home console as an entertainment hub that is better than the PlayStation 3 from Sony and the Xbox 360 from Microsoft and is well positioned to compete with next-generation devices from the two companies.

Nintendo will also include a new Nintendo Network with the Wii U and plans to make it easier for players to meet friends and then interact with them.

The Nintendo Wii U will be offered on November 18 in the United States, on November 30 in Europe and on December 8 in Japan.
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