Report: S-A mulling high-end set-top/gaming combo

Wed, 03/03/2004 - 7:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

Scientific-Atlanta is plotting plans to couple digital set-tops with a high-end video game platform that houses technical abilities that could rival consoles from companies such as Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft, Reuters reported.

The report cited S-A CEO James McDonald, who spoke at an investor conference this week in Dana Point, Calif. McDonald did not say when the company might rollout such a product.

S-A's line of Explorer boxes and digital network platform are already capable of offering casual parlor games as well as some sharp-looking mid-range titles, which have been demonstrated at recent trade shows.

Reuters noted that S-A's gaming machine would not compete in the retail gaming segment, but seek distribution channels directly with cable operators.

If S-A proceeds with a plan to incorporate high-end game console capabilities into the Explorer line, it wouldn't mark the first time a set-top maker has pursued that path. In early 2001, Pace Micro Technologies demonstrated a set-top with an integrated Sega Corp. Dreamcast console. The device was never deployed, but Pace got high marks at the time for its forward-thinking approach.


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