Hackers reverse engineer Wii U GamePad to stream from PC

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Thought using the Wii U GamePad as a simple PC controller was a neat trick? Try this on for size: a small team of hackers has figured out how to stream PC games to the tablet-esque controller natively, circumventing its host console. The hack was shown this week at the 30th Chaos Communication Congress , where the group revealed how it reverse engineered the GamePad controller. After weaving a complex tale of dumped firmware, decoded video and buggy streams, the team showed a simple drawing app streaming from a laptop to the Wii U GamePad. Impressive? Sure, but the crowd didn’t erupt into applause until they booted up a Gamecube emulated session of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker . Despite some crashes, the demo appeared to be fairly playable — though the team warns that the available code is aimed primarily at developers. The group eventually plans to build user-friendly tools for Windows and OSX, as well as an Android port designed to allow users to substitute the Wii U GamePad with their own tablets, streaming from the console to the slate of their choice. It’s not quite ready to replace your NVIDIA Shield , but the project is brimming with potential. Check out the presentation’s slides at the source link below, or read on for a video of the hack in action (the fun starts about 47 minutes in). Filed under: Gaming , Nintendo Comments Via: NeoGaf Source: Libdrc , Slides (Google Drive) , 30C3

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Hackers reverse engineer Wii U GamePad to stream from PC

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