Update: The Kickstarter campaign has ended, and Genki has utterly smashed its initial goal of $30,000, raising a total of $1,931,677 from 30,382 backers. Were you one of them?
Original Story [Wed 23rd Dec, 2020 05:00 GMT]: Human Things has launched a new Kickstarter campaign for a device called the Genki: ShadowCast and it's already well and truly smashed its goal of $30,000.
In just hours, the team has already got more than $300,000 worth of pledges and the device itself is priced at $39 USD.
So, what does this device do that's so great? It offers the "simplest way" to play console games on your computer and laptop devices, and does it without the need of an internet connection or a television. It features 4K HDMI input and USB Type-C output, and is compatible with the Switch, PS5 and XSX.
Note: HDMI 2.0 input brings in 4K video from the latest game consoles, including the Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4/5, and XBox Series S/X
USB-C output transfers to computer at 1920x1080 @ 30fps and 1280x720 @ 60fps
Accompanying the ShadowCast is a new Genki Arcade app - making it easy to detect the ShadowCast from whatever device you're playing. It's designed from ground-up to "minimize computing resources and prioritize latency".
Human Things details an additional function (essentially a more affordable capture card):
" The beauty of being able to connect your gaming console to your computer means you can actually record, edit, and stream your gameplay. While it may not be at the same level as a professional grade capture card that costs 5-10x more, it’s more than capable for most gameplay capturing needs while being much more flexible and easy to use across multiple platforms."
For more details, get the full rundown in the video above. Does this look like an accessory that would be of interest to yourself? Leave a comment down below.