People love the the term "all-inclusive" — all-inclusive vacations, dinners, and spa packages — because who doesn't like everything in one complete package? So it's only natural to want a gaming controller that transmits multiple consoles through one device, since it's such a pain to turn on a console, the TV and then switch to the correct input — that just takes too darn long.
Lucky for us greedy all-inclusive fans, the folks behind the Kickstarter-funded Crossplane gaming system has already developed a way to mesh our love of all-inclusivity and gaming in one sleek, compact system.
Portable Display For The Rest Of Us
As the first Wireless Video Interface (WVI) gaming system, the Crossplane allows gamers to easily switch between systems with the quick swapping of a cartridge for each different console. Using wireless HDMI technology and a universal control interface, the Crossplane, which closely resembles a Wii U controller, can be moved from room to room and multiple Crossplane devices can be used at once by different people in the vicinity. That means your cousin can go play Smash Bros. in his room while you slay those annoying Handymen on Bioshock Infinite on the john (c'mon, we all do it).
The Crossplane is a three-piece system, which includes the Crossplane controller, the cartridge(s) and an HDMI receiver that can be plugged into any gaming/video devices that have HDMI output. There is also an optional HDMI switch box with four HDMI ports to the transmitter, which allows you to swap channels right from the Crossplane controller (no need for those pesky remotes!)
The Crossplane is formidable as a multi-use device for any avid gamer thanks to its1.6 pound weight and a four hour battery life. The 7-inch widescreen display with 1,280 x 800 ensures you get a nice HD gaming experience in a boiled-down package. It works with PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, OUYA and PC.
Old School Bliss
But wait, it gets even better: the Crossplane can not only operate console software and function as a portable video device, it's also compatible with PCs. That means you can surf the Web away from your desk as well as play your favorite Steam games anywhere in the house. The possibilities are endless! Now if only it worked with Macs.
The controller can also be synced with emulators for retro consoles like PS2, GameCube, N64, Sega and etc, making it super accessible to play just about anything when you're feeling nostalgic. Finally, a way to play my old-school Popeye game without it freezing every three seconds.
The only downside is the $350 price tag — a bit hefty for something that is pretty much a wireless, portable display that has a few knobs and buttons on top.
At press time, the Kickstarter page for Crossplane has 55 backers and has reached $15,329 out of its $350,000 goal. If that sounds like your cup of tea, there's still 42 more days to go till funding ends.