The UX of Web Browsing on the Wii

Recently, we got the Wii for the family.  It has been a really interesting and well designed experience so far.  Alot of great innovations are baked into this thing.  The last week, we added a few new features.

First, I downloaded the internet channel. The Wii connects to our family Wi-Fi network just like a laptop.  It uses Opera as the browser. Interesting choice.  Why Opera?  Why not Firefox?  Anyway, it works pretty well.  I used it briefly with Gmail, Youtube and Marketo.  All seemed to work well, but there was a catch.  I didn’t realize how small the resolution is on an HD giant flat screen.  1080i is about what you get on a 1024×768 screen.  But this was less than that.  It was 480p, which is equivalent to about an 800×600 experience.  Maybe a bit worse actually.  How is it that my giant LCD project screen, doesn’t have resolution of a laptop?  Why is 1080i the standard HD?  Can’t we go higher?  How long will 1080i reign supreme for programming?  Who knows?  I am just happy to get anything at all, I suppose.

I actually added in the Wii HD component cable.  However, I haven’t seen any noticeable difference in the display.  I also told the Wii that the screen is widescreen, but it is basically ignoring me.  Hmm, I wonder what I am doing wrong.

We also added a third controller, and a fourth is on the way.  This way, we can all play tennis together. I think we need more room though, and a bigger TV.  Maybe we could run an extension over to the park, and put the TV on the tennis court.  Then we could play Wii Tennis with lots of room to spread out.  Yes, I think this is a good plan.

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