|Roccat is almost ready to rock the (gaming) world with his new project, Power Grid. We sat down with CEO René Korte, to know more about the technology and the new dedicated hardware.|
Power-Grid is an app for your smartphone that lets you control your PC games and computer. With Power-Grid, your smartphone acts as a display showing you what's going on with your computer and with your teammates and friends.
And even better: You can control your computer and games with the simple touch of a button on your smartphone. And you can do everything without having to leave your game! Power-Grid comes preloaded with four control displays - or grids. Three feature essential gaming tools. The fourth is completely customizable.
MMORPGITALIA: How does the link between the app and PC work?
First you install the Power-Grid app on your smartphone. Next, in order to create an interface between your PC and smartphone, you'll need to install the ROCCAT Launcher software on your PC.
With the help of the ROCCAT Launcher you'll be able to configure your individual Power-Grid, program macros and design your own buttons. Your smartphone works as a display and control panel for your computer. Computer and smartphone are connected via WiFi.
MMORPGITALIA: How many functions will the app have? What kind of controls will I have for my computer?
With this app you have a large variety of pre-existing functions. Plus, you have the freedom to create your own. For example, you can see who's trying to get in touch with you via Team-Speak, social media, e-mail and so on while you're gaming. And you can monitor your computer's stats - things like CPU or RAM info. Plus you can change audio settings with the touch of a button on your smartphone. And, again, you can do all of this without ever leaving the game!
And Power-Grid adheres to our dedication to customization. You can customize Power-Grid based on your exact needs and create your own individual settings. You can program extensive macro functions for special games, design buttons yourself, set short cuts, open applications and much much more - all with a simple touch of a button on your smartphone. Anything you can dream up, you can do. If you'd like further information regarding the customization options, you can check out our Power-Grid website at wwwpower-grid.roccat.org.
MMORPGITALIA: Let's talk about Power-Grid hardware (Phobo,etc.)
This year we'll begin releasing ROCCAT Smart Gear - hardware designed for the Power-Grid user.
First up is the ROCCAT Apuri 2.0. Following in the footsteps of the world famous Apuri Active USB Hub with Mouse Bungee, the Apuri 2.0 is a stylish Smart Gear gaming assistant that connects your Power-Grid-enabled smartphone to your computer. It's an elegant way to connect your Power-Grid phone to your rig - and keep it charged.
The second Smart Gear device is called the Phobo, which we'll be presenting at Gamescom 2012. The Phobo is not only one of the world's most advanced gaming keyboards, it's also the perfect home for a smartphone using Power-Grid. Once you've connected your Phobo and Power-Grid smartphone, you'll never need to separate them. You can write any text message with the Phobo - on Facebook, Skype, TeamSpeak, you name it. It also lets you take voice calls with your gaming headset. And naturally the Phobo will charge your phone in case you do need to remove it.
MMORPGITALIA: Will there be some differences between iOs and Android version? Could I use both operating systems with the Phobo keyboard?
Actually both iOs and Android will offer the same functions. The iOs version will be released first, followed by the Android version. And you'll definitely be able to use both versions with the Phobo keyboard.
MMORPGITALIA: Do you think this technology will breathe new life to PC gaming?
At ROCCAT we actually don't believe PC gaming needs new life. It has always been alive and well and we feel that this won't change for a long time. But it does need to continue evolving in the best way. And Power-Grid is an integral part of that evolution.
MMORPGITALIA: Will there be any particular features for online gaming?
Online gaming is definitely a hot topic. Sometimes on TeamSpeak it's difficult to see who, exactly, is speaking to you. With Power-Grid, you have the ability to see in the “Incoming Center” just who speaking. This is just one handy feature.
MMORPGITALIA: What's the state of the app/hardware right now? What's your release plan?
We are currently working on the release of the first beta. The beta testers have already been informed of the procedure and we'll start this in the very near future. We plan on taking our time, because we want to make sure that the Power-Grid app runs perfectly and smoothly. Consequently, we haven't set a release date yet. I hope we'll be able to release the iOs version before Gamescom, but don't nail me down on this.
MMORPGITALIA: Is there something more about Power-Grid that you'd like to explain?
To me, Power-Grid is the perfect way to combine two main hubs of digital life: your pc and your smartphone! Power-Grid works with every PC. It makes expensive touch displays obsolete and it's completely free to get started.