Can You Use HDMI With a Wii?

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Unlike Sony's PlayStation 3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360, the Nintendo Wii has a proprietary cable outlet, meaning that its output cables can only be used on a Wii system.

Limitations

  • The Wii has no HDMI output, so you can't use an HDMI cable to connect it to a television.

Options

  • If you want a slightly higher definition picture than the Wii's standard cable gives you, you can buy a component cable specially designed for the Wii. As with the standard cable, the component cable may only be used with the Wii.

Significance

  • Because it lacks an HDMI output, the Wii could not display at 1080p (full HD) even if its internal graphics processor was upgraded.

Speculation

  • Internet rumors have anticipated the release of an "HD Wii" in since 2008. As of 2010, Nintendo has repeatedly refused to confirm the shipping date for such a console.

Benefits

  • While the lack of HD capabilities may not be ideal for those who own an HDTV, it is in some ways beneficial for owners of standard definition televisions, who need not purchase a new television to fully appreciate Wii games.

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