Feeds

Acer to bring PlayStation games to DVD players

300MHz Risc CPU, embedded OS and emulator combo in development

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Remote control for virtualized desktops

Taiwan's Acer Labs is working on processor, chipset and software combo that will allow DVD players to run PC and Sony PlayStation games.

Acer's new chip is a Risc processor, designed in partnership with an unnamed developer, and is slated to operate at around 300MHz. It will power an Acer-developed embedded OS which will host game emulation code, also created by Acer.

Sony, of course, is well known to be opposed to PlayStation emulation - witness the legal assaults it has ranged against emulator developers Bleem! and Connectix - and unless Acer has pulled off some kind of licensing deal, expect the Japanese giant to take a very close interest in the announcement.

Much depends on whether the Acer technology will emulate the PlayStation or the PlayStation 2. Sony has said it is interested in talking to companies who want to licence PS 2 technology, but it seems unlikely that this is what Acer is planning. Sony's licensing plan - such as it is - is primarily about selling more Emotion Engine CPUs, and there's no sign that that chip forms part of Acer's technology.

If it is PlayStation emulation, Acer is on a pretty sticky wicket, you'd have thought. We assume Acer is smart enough to realise this, which is why it's aiming the technology at Chinese DVD manufacturers. China, we recall, is less than zealous in its protection of intellectual property rights, so Sony is going to have a hard time stopping Acer.

Chinese OEMs are ramping up production in a bid to supply the bulk of the growing US and European player markets. Some 5-10 million machine will be produced next year, analysts reckon. Again, Sony isn't going to be too happy if the West is flooded with PlayStation-compatible low-end DVD players.

Of course, with PlayStation 2 mere days away from its US debut and just over a month from its European launch, interest in the original platform is set to wane, for all Sony's attempts to mine the market with the PSOne. If PlayStation 2 sale ramp up sufficiently quickly, Sony might even - and it's a long shot, we admit - be willing to let the PlayStation business go, relying on what it makes from the sale of games.

That would please Connectix, since such a move by Sony would back the emulation software developer's claim that its code isn't cannibalising the PlayStation games market, but creating a new audience for Sony and its partners' software. ®

Related Stories

Supreme Court refuses to rule on Sony vs Connectix
Sony back on Connectix's case
Sony hits PlayStation emulator developer with patent suit
Sony welcomes PlayStation 2 clones
Porn biz sets sights on PlayStation 2, XXX-box
PlayStation anticipation casts shadow on games sales
Sony ships 3m PlayStation 2s in five months

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'
PM urged to 'prioritise issue' after Facebook hindsight find
Assange™ slumps back on Ecuador's sofa after detention appeal binned
Swedish court rules there's 'great risk' WikiLeaker will dodge prosecution
NSA mass spying reform KILLED by US Senators
Democrats needed just TWO more votes to keep alive bill reining in some surveillance
'Internet Freedom Panel' to keep web overlord ICANN out of Russian hands – new proposal
Come back with our internet! cries Republican drawing up bill
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Driving business with continuous operational intelligence
Introducing an innovative approach offered by ExtraHop for producing continuous operational intelligence.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?