Advanced Television

High-end games for HD STB

March 24, 2010

From IPTV World Forum in London

Digital TV technologist Pace has unveiled a new HD (high definition) set-top box designed to make games developed for the PC accessible in the living room. Developed as part of the European Union-funded Games@Large project, the Pace device demonstrates how consumers can play quality PC games through the set-top box, using a combination of game servers and streaming technology.

In an on-stand demo, game-play is streamed to the set-top box from a central server within the home (usually the PC), meaning consumers can access and play games through the set-top box, wherever it is located. In addition to traditional video compression, the Pace set-top box uses 3D graphics streaming technology which enables superior resolution and places less demand on the games server, by making use of the 3D graphics capability incorporated into modern set-top box chipsets.

“The set-top box remains the cornerstone of digital entertainment in the converged home; it is robust, secure, increasingly connected, and high definition,” commented Dr Paul Entwistle, Chief Technologist, Pace.

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