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The latest gaming rigs are powerful enough to run circles around the upcoming generation of gaming consoles, but unless a PC gamer is willing to run a title in windowed-mode, invest in a second display, or become an alt-tab ninja, getting absorbed in a game can mean tuning everything else out. Keyboard and mouse developer ROCCAT's Power-Grid app offers gamers a way to stay immersed with much less effort. This free offering turns your Android device into a customizable remote for your PC, giving you the means to monitor system stats, play music, follow social media, and more without having to interrupt the game.

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With Power-Grid, one glance is all it takes to see how much RAM is free, how many CPU cores are fired up, and how much of a pounding your network is taking. Swap to another tab to adjust sound levels and start up background music, then hop to the next to stay up to date on your Facebook and Twitter feeds. The app comes with these "Grids" installed out of the box, but you are free to create more and to load up buttons in your notification drawer, guaranteeing that this level control is never more than a swipe and a tap away.

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There are over 100 preset buttons and controls to choose from, along with more than 1800 icons to mark them with. Users are free to add text, change backgrounds, tinker with effects, and otherwise make their portable command centers as unique and obnoxious as possible. But remember, the goal is to produce something that won't distract you from gaming. This app just goes to show that winning is easier with enough gadgets and the right software. Batman also taught me that.

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Power-Grid is entering open beta tomorrow, so head over to their website now and pre-register to try out the functionality ahead of its official release. This app is only compatible with Windows 7/8 and requires you to install the ROCCAT Power-Grid Launcher in order to get started, so you won't want to sign up if these are requirements you aren't able to meet.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. He now lives in the City of Bridges, adjusting to the presence of actual snow. His phone of choice is the HTC One.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Gingerbread YOLO

  • Prezes Dyrektor

    Looks like unified remote has competition

    • papernick

      Not the same use cases.

      • My name is….

        and unified is not even the best.

        • David Spivey

          Please tell me what is, since I see no greater flexibility than that of Unified Remote.

          • My name is….

            I now use wifi mouse pro.
            I had unified remote, but i always has issues.
            I find Wifi mouse to have a much better interface.

          • David Spivey

            See, that's why you and I would differ on what's best. I don't just use unified remote for mouse functionality. I use it for systems that I am not always looking directly at, for remotes that are app-specific. Apps such as spotify, XBMC, boxee, and more things like that. If you need just a mouse for when you can see the screen, I understand. However, most of my remote control needs are for my home automation and media server in the closet, where I am not looking at the system. For that, Unified Remote suites me better.

          • robogo

            I agree. Unified Remote has so much remotes that I'm probably using less than half of them. I use it mostly to control video reproduction from my PC on my TV. The dedicated VLC and YouTube remotes come in really handy for that specific purpose.

  • cwagner

    Not very confident, they can't even properly validate email addresses. Not a good sign.

    • papernick

      Just validated mine with no issues. I don't get the country restrictions, though.

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    Sounds intriguing. But why would I need it to keep me up to date on my Facebook and Twitter feeds. Don't I have Facebook and Twitter apps for that?

    • René Simonsen

      Yeah but then you'd had to switch app. I suppose it's added because you're supposed to have 1 place for everything while gaming. I must also say that changing a tab in an app is easier than switching apps. But it would also require that these social media are implemented nicely. Else, it's not a worthy substitute to switching app.

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        I disagree. I think changing to a different part of the same app is the functional equivalent of switching to a different app. We get Twitter and Facebook notifications already, and app switching is fast on modern Android phones. Why reinvent the wheel by building the functionality into your app when your phone's entire OS is designed around piecing together different apps to do their own tasks best?

  • Rami

    When I saw the screenshot with Civilization V related icons, I registered immediately :)

  • ds

    No thanks, the last thing I need t know when I'm gaming is what the morons on social media are doing.

  • Slighter

    Best of all: it’s totally free to "get started". from the roccat site, quotes added. ruh roh

    • Rami

      Free to get started = need to pay later
      I confirmed it by doing APK teardown and saw a lot of classes for "IAP - In app purchase".

  • Rami

    It has released, already downloaded, and it is working :)

    Nice UI, currently I only used it on my work PC, shows stats (Should be great when in games).
    It offers slots/tabs that can be customized, the free version offers only 2 tabs, to get more you need to buy them with IAP.

    Promising app :D

  • Horus Thelemite

    Very nice app, have it connected to BL2/BF3, Winamp and PC remote all work perfectly well. Now time to play and create my own template. Excellent work keep it up guys.

  • Qliphah

    Definitely going to give this a try, but the fact BL2 is classified as a RPG, and how their store seems to be very buggy doesn't give me much hope.

    • Brick

      So what you're saying is that a game that gives you multiple character choices that are highly customizable be they male or female, and allows you to use multiple weapons shouldn't be classified as an RPG?!? You should try playing SKYRIM, I mean you'll have to be in FPS mode most of the time, that is until you jump on your horse and then it switches to 3rd person mode. I hear they have wicked ride by arrowings and you might be able to take out a kneecap or two!

  • Evolusi

    Who doesn't have a 2nd monitor?! Poor people?