While many are saying that iPads will replace game consoles in the future, gaming peripheral specialist ROCCAT are using another advanced device, the smartphone, to enhance the world of PC gaming. The company has developed a new system called Power-Grid that lets users monitor PC stats, adjust gaming audio, control settings and create custom buttons for your games, all from their smartphone, while still keeping track of text and voice messages.
Power-Grid is comprised of a free smartphone app and Launcher for the computer. The app has four control grids: Incoming Center (displays all outside voice and text communications from a variety of sources), System Stats (provides important information about the PC including CPU status, HDD space, available system memory and network traffic), Sound Control (lets users easily adjust every aspect of gaming audio) and Custom Tab (empty grid for user-created game controls, such as macros). The Launcher wirelessly links the smartphone to the PC and includes an editor for creating the custom controls and sharing them with others.
ROCCAT is currently letting gamers sign up to be beta testers for the new system before it becomes available for iOS and, later this year, Android. The company will also offer specially-designed hardware for Power-Grid including a gaming keyboard with a built-in smartphone dock and a combined smartphone stand and charger. A tablet-compatible version should also be available by the end of 2012.