We don’t talk much about video game consoles here, seeing as they’re not very mobile. Thanks to new functionality added to the Cloud Engines Pogoplug, I think we can make an exception. The latest device update adds the ability to stream your digital media content to either a Microsoft Xbox 360 or Sony Playstation3. And by “your digital media” I mean the photos, music or videos on computer drives connected to a Pogoplug. According to the press release:
“Gamers can watch home movies from their Pogoplug connected external hard drive on their Xbox 360 or PS3, share slideshows or listen to their entire music library without ever putting down their game controller. The Xbox 360 or PS3 automatically sees the drives connected to the Pogoplug and the contents of other shared Pogoplugs.”
There are plenty of times where I’d rather watch a video on a larger screen instead on my computer — with the new functionality and my Xbox 360, I can do that. And when I used a Windows PC full-time, it was easy to send photos from the computer to my game console by using Microsoft’s Media Center Extender software. Unfortunately, that leaves Mac and Linux users in the dark, making the Pogoplug a solid solution.
Cloud Engines also added data redundancy features to the Pogoplug with a new Active Copy feature. With it, files can automatically be copied to a second Pogoplug over the web, offering a second copy for archive purposes. As files are added or modified, Active Copy will mirror the changes.
When I reviewed the initial Pogoplug last year, I found it to be one the fastest and easiest ways to put computer files in the cloud, making them accessible from the web browser of any computer. I simply connected an external hard drive and wired Ethernet connection to the Pogoplug, configured it in my browser and that was it. There are plenty of ways to share files on the web, but few are simpler. I have a newer model of the Pogoplug currently under review, so stay tuned for the full details — I’ll be sure to test the streaming features with my Xbox 360, assuming I can down the Hofner bass and give my Beatles: RockBand game a rest.