New Chip Turns PCs into Consoles
Apex Digital makes its way into the living room

Using DISCover's Drop & Play technology, Apex Digital has created the ApeXtreme, a budget-friendly set-top box that plays DVDs, CDs, MP3s, and PC games.

Thanks to DISCover's chip, the ApeXtreme reads PC-game CD-ROMs and optimizes them for play on a normal television screen. Game installations happen in the background on the hard drive, much like on the Xbox, to make for quick setups. Powering the deck is an AMD Athlon XP 2000+ processor chip, an Nvidia GeForce4 MX graphics card, and 256MB of DDR RAM.

This year's E3 marks the first time people will be able to play PC games on the final ApeXtreme hardware and see the user interface in action. Expect official announcements concerning partnerships and new devices sporting the chipset to be revealed during the show.

BY DARREN GLADSTONE

 
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