It really bothers me that my Wii U games look so washed out compared to my Xbox 360 and PS3, which both support full RGB. I realize that not all HDTV's can display the full RGB range but for those of us that do have compatible sets it makes a world of difference. Is there a fix or system update coming that will address this issue?
There is supposedly an update for wii u next week but i doubt that this problem will be addressed. I completely understand this but keep in mind that xbox 360 and ps3 are two completely different consoles.
Me and my family noticed this last night playing Trine 2(How it looked washed out compared to the other versions). This fix would really help the visuals in darker games like ZombiU & Trine 2.
You can either set your 360 and PS3 and TV to match the Wii's RGB limited range (set PS3 to Limited, 360 to Standard and TV to the matching setting), OR, you can get an auto-sensing TV that will adjust HDMI black level automatically based on signal instead of relying on you to set it. My new Sony TV does this.
I have found that with the correct settings, Wii U games have black level output equal to the PS3, and will not crush blacks. 360 games will always look darker with crushed blacks unless you make it wash everything out, because of incorrect gamma implementation on the 360. So Wii U is just as correct as PS3, and both will have "lighter" looking blacks than the 360 which crushes blacks. But with correct setup of your TV, neither the Wii U or PS3 will be washed out.
The problem comes with Wii U's Netflix, which does look washed out, probably because that app is not coded correctly. It's a shame so few developers understand black level correctly.
The best solution would be to provide an HDMI Black level setting on the console like the PS3 and 360 have for people who can't or don't know how to change their TV to match.
^Just to follow up I played around with my display settings(HDMI, contrast,light/dark,etc...) and I was able to get a beautiful picture(ZobiU & Trine 2 specifically)
Now maybe for those that don't know or want to mess with settings maybe the should add a standard,intermediate,full mode. Sure you'll get crushing blacks but most won't care or notice.
This NEEDS to be fixed. Anyone playing on a high end TV that supports a full RGB range or a PC monitor is effected by this. I'm sure both parties constitute a large part of the Wii U userbase. Sounds like a high priority bug imo
I was going to call nintendo, i still will but i am sure they are closed tomorrow since its new years day, but I am having a real issue with this washed out thing. We had the wii hooked up to our hd LCD and bought the planes game for it we played it for a few days and then we bought a wii u two days ago. We unhooked the wii and moved it to a different set and put the wii u where the old wii was. Granted they are hooked up differently we had the wii hooked up with component and the wii u is hdmi but I was expecting a quality increase not a decrease. We also bought the planes game for the wii u and so when i played the second level the one with the girl plane who flies around cutting flowers of various colors i was shocked becuase i had just played the wii version on the same tv with the same tv settings (well same brightness and settings wii was not hd) but when i saw the new planes game on the wii u and got to that part i thought the field of flowers were highlighted or selected because they were whitish like on a computer when something is selected and all washed out....Its horrible. I mean really even my five year old was like what happened to the flowers they were bright yesterday???? I just spent like 400 bucks on the wii u and all the **** i bought with it and i get a look like the brightness is at max??? What gives,...is this getting fixed cause if not i might just return it all. We have all the systems except ps4 but i am not even comparing to anything else besides wii planes (flowers level) and wii u planes (flowers level) same tv same settings. Seriously its a problem it looks like ****. The hd is good and clear but the washed out thing ruins it all. I would rather play on the wii and deal with no hd that is sad and i dont want to be sad about my new toy....
Could it be maybe the HDMI cord? I have a Wii U and the HDMI cord that came with it i did not use. Why? because i know that it wont be as good as the others i have. i spen on a hdmi cord 100 dollars because i love great quality like you do too. if thats not the case, maybe its the HDMI plugin on the back of the tv. also the wii u mainly supports1080p HD. If your tv is a 720p you need to go to the wii seetings and go to the tv settings. if your tv is a 720p and the wii is set to 1080p, switch the wii to 720/ and save it and turn off the wii wait 5 seconds and turn it back on. hoped i helped. if this doesnt work, take it back to the retailer or call Nintendo at 1-800-255-3700