Wii U Gamepad Hacked for Streaming PC Gaming

When Nintendo first unveiled the Wii U and its funky tablet/controller, I envisioned the console acting as a streaming server and a group of players sitting around the living room enjoying LAN-like parties on their gamepads. Nintendo didn’t go there, but thanks to a a group of hardware hackers who have cracked the Wii U gamepad code to make it PC friendly, someone just might.

At this year’s 30C3 conference, @delroth_ and @shuffle2 presented “Reverse Engineering the Wii U Gamepad” and demonstrated how they’ve transformed Nintendo’s console controller to stream PC games. Nintendo didn’t make it easy, and the impressive hack is documented in full via this Wii U Gamepad Hack Google Doc.

The hackers note the end result is still a limited, rather buggy experience not yet meant for general consumers, but they did demo Final Fantasy VII being streamed from a PC and played on the Wii U gamepad, so it does actually work. If you are so inclined (and properly skilled) you can help them make the Wii U gamepad akin to a big-ol’ Nvidia Shield. The Wii U gamepad PC hack is now an open-source project, and the creators have shared all of their secrets and would love for others to chip in.

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5 Comments on Wii U Gamepad Hacked for Streaming PC Gaming

max

On December 30, 2013 at 11:18 am

what does “streaming” games actually mean ? looking at they on steam without even playing ? completly useless bull PC games take way too buttons and power to be played remotly on such a ty hardware..

Riktovitch

On December 30, 2013 at 1:05 pm

@max

Streaming… as in sending the video/audio to the gamepad for playback. The PC does all of the processing and rendering and just sends the final images and audio to the gamepad. Also, calling this project ‘useless’ is very ignorant of you. I think this project is cool and I’ll be downloading the source code and checking it out today.

Jimbo

On December 30, 2013 at 9:42 pm

max, if you can understand what you are reading, don’t complain about it.

Jimbo

On December 30, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Can’t*.

Goddammit.

max

On January 1, 2014 at 10:44 am

u guys think ur so smart but u didint answer my 2nd question, the devices has barely any buttons… u try playing bf4 with this thing ur never gonna get a kill online… maybe good for some low budget games that barely take any buttons….