Game console peripheral maker
Mad Catz Interactive Inc.
has announced the release of the GameShark Media Player. It’s enhancement software aimed at Mac OS X, Windows and Linux users who want to connect their computers to their television or home entertainment systems using their networked PlayStation 2 as a bridge.
Sony’s PlayStation 2 video game console is now available in a networked edition that integrated LAN-based networking; a separate $50 adapter is also available for older units. PlayStation 2 consoles can also be connected to wireless networks using third-party 802.11b and 802.11g Ethernet bridge adapters. The GameShark Media Adapter takes advantage of this connectivity by enabling Mac, Windows and Linux users to stream digital media from their computers to the PlayStation 2.
The GameShark Media Player is compatible with popular media formats including MPEG-1, 2 and 4 formats; DivX; MP3; JPEG and more. The software also employs parental controls to restrict the kind of content that can be broadcast between the computer and the console.
Other features of the GameShark Media Player include support for 16:9 display ratio and progressive scan (480p) output when using HDTV and component cabling; auto-configuration network setup; VCR functions like fast-forward, rewind, pause, stop and play; and multi-server, multi-client support.
The GameShark Media Player retails for US$49.99.