App developer shows off iPad running PS3 games…sort of
everyAir is an app I actually hadn’t heard of until I saw this story. It’s a remote desktop app that specializes in letting you play PC games on an iOS device by running the game on a computer and having the controls and video output on an iDevice. As if that wasn’t cool enough, they rigged an elaborate setup that lets them play PS3 games on an iDevice as well, as long as you have various hardware components.
This whole setup is based on a concept that is getting more an more popular: running the performance-heavy games on a strong PC, and only having video output and controls on the receiving device. In fact, there are companies specializing in this now. The PS3 setup is a lot more elaborate though, as you can’t run the software you need on the PS3 (yet, the PS3 is pretty much hacked for good so it might just be a matter of time). That’s why you need a video capture device to get the video output from the PS3 and into the PC and an input converter to handle controls. A few custom software builds later and you’re playing Gran Turismo on the iPad with excellent quality and working touchscreen controls.
Pretty amazing, but I’m not sure how many people would do this. However I’m quite sure that once this story makes its way around the Internet, their everyAir app is going to get a lot more users- and it should if it works as well as it seems like it does. I’m sure that playing WoW on an iPad would interest quite a few (million) people out there, for one.