Though the Wii doesn't pack the same multimedia functions as the Xbox 360 or the (soon to be enhanced
) PlayStation 3, it does support video playback. It's not high-def and it doesn't stream it off your network -- this functionality is more for watching those low-res digital camera movies you've got lying around. That's not to say you can't use the newly upgraded Wii Transfer
for Mac OS X to turn those downloaded videos (just podcasts, right?) into Wii-friendly formats. The creator reports successfully watching a 30-minute video despite reports of a 15 minute limitation.
Not just that! The $9 app has added the ability to stream MP3s and photos to the Wii using the (still in beta
) Internet Channel, even displaying iTunes' cover art. Now all the Wii fans can claim they've got a multimedia console too ... we'll just forget about the whole DVD thing