Sunday, June 04, 2006

Opera for Wii details

Cubed3 has sat down and interviewed Scott Hedrick the Executive Vice President of Opera devices. Here are the major bits click on the title for the full interview.

Cubed3: Will the Opera browser be embedded from launch on the 512MB internal Flash or included with the system via a memory card?

Scott Hedrick: The Opera browser is saved to the Flash ROM on the Wii console, and does not require a separate memory card as Opera for DS does. The browser can be launched in only a few seconds, immediately delivering a great user experience.

C3: Are there any plans to include advertising via the Opera browser on Wii?

SH: No, there are no plans to include advertisements within the Opera browser user interface for Wii, but the same ads you see on Web pages on your desktop will show up when browsing using Opera on Wii. Nintendo hasn’t confirmed if Opera could be used to deliver Web-based advertisements into games, for example.

C3: Will the browser be issued with all Wii consoles or will you purchase it separately?

SH: As mentioned before, Opera will not be sold separately on a game cartridge for Wii. We would like all Wii users to be able to use Opera to surf the Internet. The details of how exactly Opera will be available for browsing within Wii have not yet been announced by Nintendo.

C3: What kind of functionality can we expect from the browser (e.g. Macromedia flash support, Javascript, etc)?

SH: Opera for Wii will support all the same Web standards that are included in Opera 9 for PCs and Macs. This desktop beta version is available now at this link. This version does include Javascript. Whether plug-ins such as Flash will be supported in Opera on Wii has not yet been announced. Stay tuned!

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