Play All Console Games on PC with Trioxide?

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Hidden amongst the many internal documents that marketing research firm Intellisponse inadvertently supplied to the public was something called Trioxide, which is said to allow PCs to play "the latest console games" with the original controllers.

How exactly Trioxide would accomplish this feat was not addressed in the now-removed documentation, which was partially preserved at NeoGAF. Of the three major systems on the market, only the Wii's controllers do not use USB plugs.

Two price points were listed, $49 and $299, suggesting that there may be some sort of hardware component to Trioxide, such as a capture card for display input.

Keep in mind, this information comes from a marketing research firm, so it could merely represent a product concept, not one that is currently in production. Read on for more details, including the Intellisponse-supplied product description.

Introducing the ability to play the latest console games (i.e. Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, etc.) on your PC. Many of these games are only available on consoles today and with this new feature would now be available on the PC as well. With this new feature those console games are now playable on your PC!

Uses the same game controllers as the original console system (all games use regular console controllers, not your computer keyboard or mouse.)

While Intellisponse has a number of high-profile clients, including Microsoft and Activision, it is not known which company comissioned the Trioxide research. As the system seemingly allows compatibility with multiple consoles, it is not likely to be backed from any of the three major console makers.

From The Chatty
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    June 16, 2008 7:44 AM

    If it cost $299 why not just buy the actual console and be done with it?

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      June 16, 2008 7:47 AM

      Some people perfer gaming on their pc and having just one box.

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      June 16, 2008 7:50 AM

      It would be interesting to see how far they could take this. For example, if they provide a legacy support of previous consoles, while giving 'royalties' to the companies, it would be awesome to play some of the older CD/DVD consoles, like Sega Saturn, Dreamcast, PS1, PS2, on say a laptop.

      Some people don't really want to buy a new system, but want to play some of the games. If a pretty good system could run say MGS4, I'm sure a lot of people who own 360's and a nice computer (myself included) would love to get a chance to play MGS4 on their computer.

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      June 16, 2008 7:52 AM

      $299 for three consoles on my current mid-range system instead of $950 getting each separate sounds like a pretty good deal to me.

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      June 16, 2008 7:55 AM

      Because a PS3 is still twice that

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      June 16, 2008 7:56 AM

      $299 does not buy you PS3, 360 and Wii. Also, the games might run at a better FPS and resolution than on the original systems. However, I'm pretty sure there are some copyright laws that prevent this from ever happening.

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        June 16, 2008 7:57 AM

        Why do you assume $299 nets you all three? I sincerly doubt that.

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          June 16, 2008 8:06 AM

          No kidding. Why would three companies work together to make a product that undercuts their cash cows? Makes no sense for it to work for all three?

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            June 16, 2008 8:07 AM

            Thats the thing though, sony, microsoft and nintendo do not make any profit from console sales. Infact they make a substantial loss.

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              June 16, 2008 8:40 AM

              Nintendo actually makes a small profit on the Wii.

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            June 16, 2008 8:33 AM

            Console sales aren't "cash cows" in the least.

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            June 16, 2008 9:07 AM

            I doubt that Sony, MS or Nintendo have anything to do with any of this. Exclusivity is one of the primary reasons for creating a console, to control the market around it. This would completely undermine that.

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          June 16, 2008 8:11 AM

          because thats what the article hints at..?

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          June 16, 2008 8:14 AM

          Because it's a single product. Called Trioxide.

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        June 16, 2008 11:36 AM

        The ability to display at different resolutions is up to the game makers, really. You simply can't override the way the game is built.

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          June 17, 2008 4:30 AM

          No, not really good sir. See Bleem, N64 emulator, various PC game resolution hacks... Nowadays, games don't access the video card directly on hardware level but instructs an API to "draw a polygon here and here" etc so it is perfectly possible to change the resolution to whatever you want. Aspect changes may cause problems though, such as objects not being rendered on the sides or stretched 3D view or 2D assets.

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      June 16, 2008 7:57 AM

      Maybe this thing won't RROD?

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        June 16, 2008 8:11 AM

        Yeah, maybe. But I wouldn't count on it not blue screening.

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          June 16, 2008 9:34 AM

          a blue-screen doesn't require you to do anything more than reboot, rrod requires you to send your console back for repair or replacement, i'll take a bluescreen any day

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      June 16, 2008 8:24 AM

      Well if this part were true:

      such as a capture card for display input

      you might STILL need the consoles. =)

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        June 16, 2008 8:35 AM

        That's what i was thinking. And if that's the case then WTF, just got an HDMI switch and be done with it.

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      June 16, 2008 8:34 AM

      Hm, so you'd need to get a BR drive, and a whole bunch of controllers but it sounds like a good deal. It doesn't sound like reality, but if such a device could be made it would be a good deal.

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      June 16, 2008 11:41 AM

      Sounds like a media extender for consoles to me.

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