Wii U Browser runs on NetFront, specs detailed

Better than the PS3 and PS Vita.

Posted By | On 03rd, Nov. 2012

The Wii U browser is one of the best ones ever, with a very high HTML score, and Nintendo has detailed its official specifications on their website.

It runs on NetFront engine, the same one that the 3DS, PS Vita and PS3 run on, and considering the awful scores for the Sony systems, Nintendo has found a way to utilize it really well.

Wii U comes with a browser that lets you browse the Internet from the comfort of your couch. No need to interrupt your favorite show—browse purely on the GamePad while your program continues on the TV.

You can also pause a game, launch the browser to search for tips on the game you’re playing, and then re-enter the game right where you left off.

Check out the full specs below.

Browser Engine

NetFront Browser NX v2.1

User agent

Mozilla/5.0 (Nintendo WiiU) AppleWebKit/534.52 (KHTML, like Gecko) NX/{Version No} NintendoBrowser/{Version No}.US

Supported Protocols

HTTP1.0/HTTP1.1/SSL3.0/TLS1.0/TLS1.1/TLS1.

Web Standard

HTML4.01/HTML5/XHTML1.1/CSS1/CSS2.1/CSS3. (partial functionality)
DOM1-3/ECMAScript
XMLHttpRequest/canvas/Video/Web Storage (partial functionality)
Web Messaging/Server-Sent Events/Device Orientation/WOFF/SVG

Plug-ins

Does not support plug-ins, such as Adobe Flash.

TouchEvent

The browser supports only one of these at a time: touchstart, touchend, touchmove, touchcancel

Screen resolution

If it isn’t specified, width is 980px layout
It is possible to specify width/height of the viewport within the HTML’s <head>…</head>, and specify scaling permission via user-scalable meta tags.
(e.g) <meta name=”viewport” content=”width=device-width, user-scalable=no”/>

Saving/upload of image/video

Not supported

Video Format

MP4, M3U8+TS(HTTPLiveStreaming)
(Some videos may not be playable.)

Video Codec

H.264 – MPEG-4 AVC Video
(Some videos may not be playable.)

Audio Codec

AAC – ISO/IEC 14496-3 MPEG-4 AAC
(Some audio may not be playable.)


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