Control Your PC, While Gaming, With Your iPhoneBy: Chris Richardson - March 21, 2012
So you’re sitting there playing the PC version of Skyrim, enjoying the game and its incredibly-active modding community, and all of a sudden, you notice a massive slowdown because of system resource allocation issues. What do you do? Well if you have an iPhone with the Power-Grid application installed, you can monitor and take control of your PC.
With an Apple product.
I know, I know. What’s next? In the words of Peter Venkman, “human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria?” Considering we’re now living in a world where an Apple device can take control of a PC, mass hysteria may be the next logical step. Developed by Roccat, the Power-Grid app–yes, it’s free–according to its description, allows users to do the following:
Power-Grid is a free app that lets you connect, monitor and control your games and PC without having to leave the action – and all with your smartphone. It comes preloaded with four control displays – or grids. Three feature essential gaming tools. The fourth is completely customizable.
One of the main aspects of control Power-Grid promises is in relation to social media. For instance, the application allows you to respond to Skype requests without leaving the comfort of the game you’re playing. Granted, if you have the Skype application installed on your iPhone, or any other social media app for that matter, you wouldn’t have to leave your PC game in the first place, but I digress.
Thankfully, the Power-Grid app is more than just a social media response tool, something the screenshot reveals quite clearly:
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Users can also monitor their computer, keeping an eye on resource allocation, memory usage, as well as the CPU’s temperature and the current load percentage its dealing with. PC sound control is another feature Power-Grid includes, giving PC gamers control of their system’s audio, again, without having to exit the game being played.
As clearly indicated, the Power-Grid app is currently available for the iPhone environment, and the site indicates the application is being developed for the both the Android and the Windows Phone operating systems. Until then, however, revel in the fact that your PC is being controlled by an Apple device. Hopefully, the cosmos won’t reject such an idea.