iBUYPOWER, a boutique PC maker known more for some of their enthusiast-oriented configurations, has just launched ‘MAGIC’. MAGIC is custom software developed by the company that makes any game playable with a multi-touch display.
iBUYPOWER is launching MAGIC, which stands for ‘Multi-touch Advanced Gaming Interface and Control’, with their new Battalion CZ-11 gaming notebook. The system works by mapping a series of gesture-based commands to actions that can be carried out within a specific game.
For example, most consumers are familiar with some multi-touch commands, like pinch-to-zoom, or two-finger scrolling. MAGIC lets users emulate keyboard commands by mapping a specific multi-touch command – say, swiping a finger across the screen – to an action in a game, like shooting a rifle or mining for gold.
Says Darren Su, EVP of iBUYPOWER:
|“Multi touch is one of the fastest growing PC gaming interfaces. Our motivation behind creating the Multi-touch Advanced Gaming Interface and Control – MAGIC – is to instantly expand compatibility of multi-touch interfaces to nearly every application you can imagine.”|
In this fashion, games which will likely never be updated to support multi-touch interfaces, like Crysis, can be configured to use the new technology. How much use gamers will get from the new setup is likely to be determined by the game in question; it’s doubtful that twitch gamers, accustomed to high-speed FPS games, will take advantage, since reaching toward the screen will take time out from a closer, and therefore quicker, mouse or keyboard action.
Interestingly enough, iBUYPOWER is making the program, and technology, freely available to anyone who registers on their forums. While the company is marketing MAGIC with their new CZ-11 notebook, the program will supposedly work with any multi-touch screen, whether notebook, all-in-one or standalone monitor (like those offered by Dell and HP).