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Sonic Bowing DVD Playback in Future Wii Console

13 Nov, 2006 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Nintendo's next-generation Wii game console doesn't launch until Nov. 19, but that hasn't stopped DVD copying-product manufacturer Sonic Solutions Nov. 13 from announcing that its DVD playback software will be included in a future edition of the much-anticipated game console.

Novato, Calif.-based Sonic's CinePlayer CE DVD Navigator software enables CD and DVD playback, in addition to DVD recording and authoring functionality.

The $250 Wii does not feature a DVD drive or playback option. By comparison, Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 3, which streets Nov. 17 in both $500 and $600 models, will include a next-generation Blu-ray Disc drive.

“To be involved in Nintendo's ground-breaking gaming console is extremely gratifying,” said Jim Taylor, SVP and GM of Sonic's advanced technology group. “Game consoles represent a fresh market and platform where we can introduce a new audience of potentially millions to the quality of our brand and the power of our digital media applications.”

A Nintendo spokesperson said plans call for inclusion of a standard (non-high-definition) DVD drive in the second edition Wii (slated for late 2007 release). A Sonic spokesperson said the company's DVD software could accommodate either HD DVD or Blu-ray playback option.

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