Posts Tagged ‘Wii’

Disc-Less Netflix Streaming on PS3 AND Wii Today

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Today is launch-day for streaming Netflix content without a disc on the Sony PlayStation 3 (see earlier post here). Today, Netflix added the Nintendo Wii to the list. Netflix is now available to download from the Wii Shop Channel.

To get started you need a minimum $8.99/month US ($7.99 Canada) plan, plus a Wii and a broadband connection. The Netflix channel can be downloaded at no extra cost.

The Xbox 360 has offered disc-less streaming from the beginning. The required discs for PS3 and Wii made it much easier to simply use the Xbox instead. If you’ve been hoping and dreaming for a disc-less Wii or PS3 Netflix experience, today is a good day. I have all three consoles at home, but can now use my preferred system with more convenience. I’ll leave it to you to guess which of the three that is.

There is no word on exactly when Netflix will be in the Wii Store, so if you don’t see it immediately keep checking back. It should be there soon.

GoldenEye for Wii

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Easily one of Nintendo’s wins today was the announcement of GoldenEye for Wii. Check out the video below.

This looks a lot like the original N64 version, with much better graphics of course. It looks like it was updated to resemble Daniel Craig, which I understand, though I would have preferred Pierce Brosnan in the role. Considering there isn’t a name change, it should have kept the original actor. Other than that, this game looks awesome. I am definitely interested in picking this up.

GoldenEye will be released in time for this year’s Christmas shopping season. I think Santa is going to be delivering quite a few copies of this game. More details to come as they are made available.

Netflix and Game Consoles

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

With the news that Netlfix is coming to the iPhone and has just come to the Wii, a quick review is in order. This post will focus on the game console versions of Netflix’s instant streaming feature. The consoles are the Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony Playstation 3, and Nintendo Wii.

I am waiting for my Wii disc to arrive, so I will briefly discuss it here. From what I understand, you must use a Netflix streaming disc. You need to use your computer to add to your queue, but if it is anything like the PS3 version you can add selected new releases from a menu.

I just activated my PS3 disc. I waited a few weeks to activate it because I am not really interested in having to know where the disc is at all times. I figured PS3 could handle an installed Netflix app. I want to test it to be sure, but it looks like the disc is mandatory. I poked around a bit last night, and saw what I expected to see. There is a decent menu interface for browsing your instant queue. The new releases are easy enough to navigate as well. I need to brush up on which buttons do what, as I ended up backing out of Netflix over and over while testing them out. I imagine once I learn the correct ones to use I won’t have such a problem.

The winner of the bunch is the Xbox 360, however. Xbox Live customers get a built-in Netflix app. You don’t have to eject whatever game or DVD you were watching to switch to Netflix. The interface is similar to the PS3, but the lack of the disc is really convenient. The only downside is the requirement of an Xbox Live account. Netflix isn’t free, so having to pay for another service to view it is a little annoying. Since I am an Xbox Live member anyway this isn’t a deal-breaker.

Of the three consoles, I prefer the Xbox version. I am not sure if I will have much use for the Wii, since the video quality isn’t as good as the PS3 or Xbox. I am interested in trying it out though. The PS3 version is certainly usable. I just don’t want to have to use an extra disc. The disc-free Xbox 360 offers the same convenience as the PS3 and then some. Whichever device you choose to use for Netflix, it saves you from having to hook up your computer to your TV. Of course there are other options, but more on those later.