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Play Wii U From The Comfort Of The Passenger Seat With MaxPlay

Posted by Damien McFerran

A new standard of in-car entertainment

We know the Wii U is pretty portable, but the guys at MaxBuy have taken things to the next level.

They've produced the MaxPlay, a device which connects to your car's cigarette lighter and enables you to play Wii U on the move — as long as the game you're using supports off-TV play, of course.

Not only does this adapter power the console itself, it also features USB charging so you can top-up the GamePad's battery on those long trips.

Is this something you might find useful in the future, or do you believe games consoles belong in the living room? Drop a comment to tell us what you think.

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dizzy_boy said:

Rather having the kids moaning 'are we there yet?', now well get them arguing over who's turn it is on the WiiU instead.



Einherjar said:

Awesome But ad fear that the discs inside the console take damage if the car hits a bump in the raod or your drive on cobblestone.



Giygas_95 said:

Oh yeah! What other home console can you play in the car or on the train to work?

But, if you really want something entertaining for your road trip (that's easier than this) I recommend a 3DS XL!



karlembo said:

@Einherjar after what happens with the xbox I tried giving the wii U a shake and disc was fine so cant see it being a problem also alot of people ask me about taking the Wii U out so I can see it being popular depending on how they feel leaving the wii U in the car whilst on day trips...



HuntheUniverse said:

Eh, I just plug my Wii U into a car adapter already, and, if my bro wants to play, I use the composite cables to plug into the built-in TV.



Portista said:

Why not just get a regular adapter? The wii u has USB slots in it anyways, so you could charge your controller by that slot. Kinda seems like a waste of money to me .



UnseatingKDawg said:

Meh. I'll stick with my 3DS if I really need to play something. More often than not, on long car trips, I'm listening to my iPod. But it is a nice idea for enthusiasts.



PinkSpider said:

@einherjar this isn't the Xbox 360 with its ridiculous tray loading system and the slightest knock causes the disc to fall and be torn to shredds.



Silvervisiona said:

Although a car alternator can probably handle it, the 75 W specs used by the Wii U system probably cannot be very good for the car battery, especially if the car is only idling. But heck, it still looks like a sweet deal to me!



SCAR said:

We don't have to imagine. There already is, and there's more on the way.

This is kinda pointless IMO, though. I could just hook up a carjack to outlet adaptor and hook anything up.



ultraraichu said:

That's crazy. What next a powerbag with an outlet that carry enough power to supply a WiiU for some time, that way you can play your games anywhere.
As crazy as that sounds, I think there is actually someone working on it.



Crunc said:

At least my converting gizmo (cigarette to AC outlet) says it should only be used when the car is not running, I think it said due to power fluctuations. Or something. Not really sure why. In any case I'm not sure I'd try running a Wii U or any other console from it while driving anywhere. Maybe this is only a problem with the one I have?



Ryno said:

I hope someone is working on a source to harness the energy of the toilet to power my Wii U in the bathroom.



DarkKirby said:

I have my 3DS, why would I disconnect my Wii U and all it's cables to play in a car? Even if I didn't have my 3DS, I'd sooner just watch videos on my phone than go through that hassle.



DerpSandwich said:

Why wouldn't you just get a car adapter for your cigarette lighter that makes it work like a regular plug? Then you could plug in any dang device you want and it would cost you a fraction of the price of this.



Lalivero said:

Like others have mentioned, that's what your 3DS is for(if you have one), it is the portable after all... Maybe they should just make a hybrid in the future if the market is there for playing a home console on the road.



Sir_Deadly said:

How did i already predict this to happen? Anyway i do think this awesome but i wander how much of the car battery it would drain?



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Spleetal said:

You only have to unplug it from the back of the console, you can leave them all plugged in, you only need to plug in one cable, and you can't play COD BLOP 2 on a 3DS, A lot of people would love to play a full COD game in the car

I would love this, I drive a 12 hour drive there and back practically every month, and keep wanting to do this, but I don't have a powerful enough adapter, I used to bring a TV and a ps2 with me all the time, and if you have mobile hotspot on your phone or something you can play online!



MitchVogel said:

I'm calling it now. One of these days a third party, or maybe Nintendo, will come out with some sort of portable battery in a backpack for playing a Wii U on the go. The potential is right there and it'd be a perfect, if not expensive, accessory for a Wii U.



MadAdam81 said:

@Crunc When driving, the voltage from the battery can vary by 2 volts or more (depending on battery and car and age of both, my slightly older car varies at least from 12 to 16 volts). i wouldn't want to do more than charge a phone or other portable device.



Wowfunhappy said:

When I first got my Wii U, I had a lot of fun playing Assassins' Creed III on a train ride home for thanksgiving.

Now, whenever I try to play Assassin's Creed, I get disk read errors. It's been years since I've had a game become scratched, as I treat them very well, and the professional disk cleaner at a nearby vintage gaming store wasn't able to repair it.

I don't know for sure that the train ride caused it, but I know I'll never be using my Wii U as a portable console again. I would advise caution for others as well.

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