ROCCAT to Make Your iPhone Part of Your PC Gaming This Summer

Visiting with gaming peripherals manufacturer ROCCAT at E3 2012, I learned that the company is looking to deploy its Power-Grid smartphone app by August of this year, which may just revolutionize PC gaming.

The app, which seeks to make your smartphone an integral part of your PC gaming experience, will serve as a hub between your various messaging outlets (TeamSpeak, Skype, Facebook, etc.), monitor your CPU usage and temperatures, individually control the volume of every application you’re running, and even execute programmable macros.

Imagine yourself in-game, running a raid with your clan. You’re on TeamSpeak for mass voice communication, you’re logged into Skype for instant messaging, and you have your favorite metal band playing on Winamp in the background. Someone starts calling out something over TeamSpeak, but you can’t hear him over the heavy guitar riffs. Your raid leader’s mic has cut out, and he’s trying to message you over Skype, but you can’t click out of game while everyone is depending on you for heals.

Fortunately, you have the free Power-Grid app installed on your iPhone, which sits in a cradle beside your keyboard. A couple presses of the screen and you’ve lowered your Winamp volume, read the message your raid leader sent through Skype, and even healed your main tank.

ROCCAT hopes to launch the Power-Grid beta by the end of June, and will eventually release a keyboard with a removable numpad in which you can connect your smartphone to your computer. I look forward to seeing how the market receives the Power-Grid and whether smartphones will become the new PC gaming peripheral.

But the Power-Grid isn’t the only thing in ROCCAT’s pipeline — I got a preview of the Kone XTD max customization gaming mouse and the Lua tri-button gaming mouse, two entries that cover the needs of both the high-end and basic user.

The ambidextrous Lua is ROCCAT’s take on the classic mouse, with no-sweat side grips, a scroll wheel that locks every increment in to prevent over-scrolling, and a 2000 DPI sensor. Retailing at $29.99 and set to release this summer, the Lua looks to be a robust and competitively priced mouse for those looking for the essentials.

As for the Kone XTD, ROCCAT has improved upon its Kone[+] with an 8200 DPI sensor and a re-designed scroll wheel built to be “mega-tough.” Given the scroll wheel failing was one of the only criticisms leveled against the Kone[+], the XTD, which will hit shelves September 2012, is already looking to stand toe-to-toe with the competition.

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