New startup Spawn Labs is launching a hardware device intended to allow users to play their video games away from their own home console -- even with friends.
The idea is to make it so that users can access their own game libraries remotely via the internet. As a report from TechCrunch points out
, this would require that the user's console have the desired game disk inside, but the concept also holds potential for user libraries of downloaded console games and game content.
The product itself is the just-launched $199 Spawn HD Pro box, which lets users transmit high-definition content over the internet to another computer, where users can play the game with their own input device.
"We have orders from several of the top game developers in the world for this," says company president and CEO David Wilson, according to the report -- which is careful to differentiate Spawn Labs' solution from in-development cloud-driven gaming services like OnLive, which use their own servers to create an online-only experience.
Spawn Labs eventually hopes to expand the functionality of its services to a wide variety of video content.