The demand for entertainment PCs based on the Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition is expected to surge in 2006
, according to sources at Taiwan PC makers. Spurred on by Intelís upcoming launch of its "Viiv
" consumer PC platform, the entertainment PC is set to be the must-have center of the home multimedia experience.
An entertainment PC could feature a variety of built-in multimedia capabilities, including DVD and receiver, digital/analog TV and digital sound appliances. With a remote control in hand, entertainment PCs could present streamed audio and video capabilities, to fulfill the concept of a "digital home," the sources commented.