Intel has invested $500,000 in TransGaming, a Canada-based company focused on bringing PC games to other platforms like Mac, Linux, and -- eventually -- television sets as an "on-demand" service.
It's the last of those that the chip maker is primarily funding, according to a VentureBeat report
. TransGaming is developing GameTree.tv
, which will allow players to instantly load up a wide variety of games to play using their television sets.
But unlike services with similar goals, like the cloud-computing based OnLive and Gakai, GameTree.tv does game rendering client-side, using Intel's own "system on a chip" architecture. Intel separately announced today that those compact, graphics-oriented chips would be integrated into forthcoming HDTV sets.
Intel invested in TransGaming through Intel Capital, its venture capital-driven investment subsidiary.