A new prototype USB drive called SuperSpeedBlazer is supposed to turn a Mac into a Windows 10 machine capable of running the latest games. The device is supposed to boot into Windows in around 10 seconds, which runs natively on the Mac – rather than inside a less efficient virtual machine as is the case with a software alternative like Parallels Where VMware Merge.
The device also saves disk space compared to using a virtual machine or even Bootcamp, a means by which multiple operating systems can be installed on a Mac. Indeed, all Windows files remain on the USB key instead of being installed on the computer. In addition to working with Macs, the key can also be plugged into another Windows PC to run an alternate Windows installation. The device weighs 20 g (0.7 oz) and measures 70 x 24 x 9 mm (2.8 x 0.9 x 0.4 in).
The idea of running an alternate operating system from a USB drive isn’t new, but has generally been the domain of older, lightweight operating systems. A fast USB Windows machine is now viable thanks to gains in USB transfer speeds. SuperSpeedBlazer uses USB 3.1, with read speeds of up to 1000MB/s and write speeds of 970MB/s. It also supports DirectX, so gamers can run today’s PC games. The associated PR challenges PUBG and Monitoring specifically.
A Windows license is required to use Windows 10 via SuperSpeedBlazer. It relies on Microsoft’s Windows To Go technology, so while minor Windows software updates are possible, major updates are not.
However, the stick still relies on the Mac to process the game, so we don’t expect all Macs to run the latest games at their maximum graphics settings – not well, anyway. However, the stick is supposed to automatically run games at optimal resolution, which is a neat touch.
It is also claimed that the key leaves the host computer unharmed, which is certainly a plus if this can be proven, as security issues abound when it comes to plug-in devices. It works with BitLocker to protect data stored on the device and is also supposed to work as a secure cryptocurrency wallet (if you’re into that sort of thing).
According to a press release, SuperSpeedBlazer CEO James Cho began developing the stick over 2 years ago. The device remains a prototype and its makers are seeking crowdfunding before manufacturing.
The stick will come in three sizes: 64, 128, and 256 GB. Early bird pledges start at $149, $179, and $299 each. As of this writing, the campaign is about 70% of the way to reaching its goal of $25,000. If all goes as planned, delivery should begin in November.
You can see a video on the SuperSpeedBlazer below.
Superspeedblazer PUBG on your Mac!