ROCCAT Power Grid Puts You In Control Of Your PC With A Phone.
ROCCAT Power Grid is an app for iOS and Android app that turns your smartphone into a fully customizable remote control for the PC. Power Grid is now available to the public for free download as the software reaches its open beta phase. The game-changing software consists of a smartphone app, which runs on iOS and Android devices, and accompanying host software, which runs on Windows.
Whilst there are plenty of remote access tools for smartphones, the ROCCAT Power Grid seems to be the first built with gamers in mind.
The Grid part of Power Grid comes from the customizable and preset Grids and Controls that offer functionality ranging from adjusting Windows settings to executing in-game macro sequences in popular games such as StarCraft II and League of Legends.
The software also provides gamers with the ability to create their own extensively configurable Grids and Controls, allowing them to cater to their own specific needs and desires. The new Power Grid website provides a database for those searching for additional Grids and Controls. The database will feature ROCCAT as well as community content, the latter being facilitated by the launcher software’s Grid and Control import/export process.
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ROCCAT Power Grid uses WiFi to connect the smart phone to the PC. This means you’re limited to being in the same area as your computer unlike other remote access tools. It also means that commands from the phone are executed on the PC in real-time.
Information from games and software can be displayed on the smartphone, too, meaning it can also be used as an effective second screen.
”In order to empower the full potential, ROCCAT provides a SDK for Power-Grid. “Professional developers and studios will make use of this just like ambitious amateur coders”, says René Korte CEO and founder of ROCCAT. “At GDC Europe this year people were amazed by the possibilities and openness of Power-Grid and its SDK. A lot of creative minds out there will do a lot of unseen things with it – and so will we.”
ROCCAT Power Grid: 5 Steps To Set It Up
• Go to www.power-grid.roccat.org, create an account and download the software. Users who already have a ROCCAT World account can download the software straight away.
• Install the host software on your PC.
• Go to the Apple or Google store on your phone and download the app.
• Ensure PC and phone are connected to the same network.
• Log-in to your host software on the PC and start the app on your phone, then follow the on-screen instructions and voilà, you are good to go.
The duration of the open beta is not yet defined. ROCCAT plans to implement new features and optimize the software based on the user feedback. Power-Grid does not require any ROCCAT hardware in order to be used, the only prerequisite being an iOS or Android smart phone. 2014 will, however, see the company release a new range of gaming peripherals designed to benefit from the rich features offered by the app.