With news of the Wii receiving Netflix came chuckling at its graphical capabilities and the fact that it’s not a HD system. Reggie Fils-Aimé spoke to CNBC regarding the matter and tried to silence the critics:
“First, off and I’m sure Reed [ceo of Netflix] would support this is, the vast majority of content that is available for streaming through Netflix is not HD content. So, there is really no loss for the Wii consumer – the fact that they can’t get any HD content through our system.”
He went on to champion the notion that the impressive sales figures of the Wii ‘prove’ that the quality of visuals isn’t as important than overall entertainment value. The man has a point but it’s only really been in this generation that the argument of ‘graphics aren’t everything’ has become widespread and most of the time it’s done in defence of the Wii for games that desperately need defending. For me, good graphics are all part of the overall entertainment value so separating the two seems counterproductive. Sure there may not be a huge range of HD titles on Netflix right now but whose to say more won’t be added soon, lessening the value of the Wii’s service. Netflix on the Wii is a great addition for the system but to suggest that Wii owners aren’t missing out on anything is imprudent and should be addressed sooner rather than later.