News from ESL Wire - Gaming without borders
You haven't heard a lot from ESL Wire in the last few weeks, so it is time to give you an insight into the latest progress. Of course a lot of work has been done ESL Wire in general and a lot of new features implemented. We want to say "thank you" to the more than 600 beta testers who have given us a lot of valuable feedback on the project.
Ad-Hoc Gaming makes gaming easier
This blog entry focusses on a very special feature that has been worked on for the last couple of months together with Intel: Ad-Hoc Gaming. Right now were are presenting the new feature together with Intel at the world´s biggest Game-Development-Conference - the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. We want to share this great feature with you and give an exclusive look at it. We are excited about your reactions!
Ad-Hoc networks and Ad-Hoc Gaming
You all know Wireless-LAN (WLAN). It is usually used to connect to the internet with a router. But what if there is no WLAN access available? Perhaps you know the situation: You are hanging around with friends in a café or whatever. The perfect situation for a short game, isn't it?
The wireless "Ad-Hoc network" is the perfect solution for these situations, because it sets up a connection between PCs and laptops with WLAN ability - without additional equipment! But this can be very complicated and "short" becomes "long and chaotic" before you are really in the same network. It gets even more complicated, if you're not sitting right next to each other, but in different rooms of a hotel or other locations.
But thats history! From now on ESL Wire sets up an Ad-Hoc network within seconds - automatically and without any configuration. That makes room for the important things - gaming!
How does it work?
ESL Wire recognizes and supports more than 200 games right now. If ESL Wire detects other users "in range" with the same games installed on their computer, it automatically opens a dialog asking you, if you want to play with or against each other!
The picture on the right side describes the basic concept:What does "in range" mean?
The wireless Ad-Hoc networks find each other through ESL Wire every time if the signal of the WLAN devices are strong enough. Perfect for public places like the university campus - but also for neighbours ;)
But Ad-Hoc Gaming is not bound to WLAN! Even within a normal LAN network (with or without internet connection) ESL Wire finds potential opponents. If you go to the next LAN party, ESL Wire will find all other users and tell you, who you can play against!
This also works through the internal VPN of ESL Wire. As soon as you open a VPN, ESL Wire checks which games are available for a quick start.
You see, Ad-Hoc Gaming makes it faster and easier!
Uwe / Your ESL Wire Team
gorath, Monday, 25/02/08 10:18
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