Spawn Labs have put together the Spawn HD-720 which lets gamers stream games from their Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles to their PC, with each requiring a certain adapter to work.
Right now Spawn Labs "only sell and ship" to United States and Canadian customers, and they're already in "backorder status" because of "very long" component lead times.
Each of the adapters are priced $29.99 each, and you need a bandwidth between 500kbps and 1mbps for standard definition display. Currently the Spawn HD-720 only works with Windows XP and Vista, it does not support MAC.
"...these products let gamers play their console video games – either alone or with friends – at home or on the road – from a network-connected computer as if they were sitting in front of their console and TV at home," the Spawn Labs website.
The idea is to let you play the console on any PC connected to your home network, which means you could be playing your console back home whilst you're at college.
"...can play your games using the Spawn Player from anywhere you can get a broadband Internet connection as if you were at home. You can even power your console on and off from the Spawn Player so you don’t waste energy."
Naturally this has the 'must-have' gizmo group going crazy. It's only available in North America right now as they simply don't even have the stock to meet demand there it seems.
You can even invite a chum to play on your console while they're at home, they need only to download a free program called the Spawn Player for their PC, plug in a gamepad, "and play in multi-player mode on your console remotely while you play in the same session on your console & TV." A most interesting piece of tech to be sure...
Does it sound like something? It is for the PC after all...
Spawn HD-720 streams consoles to PC, retails at $199.95 in the US
16 September 2009 | By Simon Priest