From slick phones to games with a twist, convergence dominated the DigitalLife fair in New York One word dominated this month's DigitalLife trade and consumer electronics fair in New York City: convergence. The products on show all pointed towards a world of multi-functionality, where phones play music, PCs control your living room and video consoles make the coffee. Well, nearly. Take the newest phone from Nokia, the sleek, black and chrome N91 with its 4GB internal memory - room enough for 3,000 songs and a direct challenge to Motorola's 512 MB Rokr with iTunes. The N91 can carry multimedia messages, video clips and has built-in Wi-fi. Its sister, the flip-phone N90, transforms into a video camera. No retail price has been announced yet. A multi-functional future was also promised by Intel's vice-president and general manager of the company's Digital Home group, Don MacDonald. Using Intel's new consumer platform brand, Viiv, which will start shipping in the first quarter of next year, Mr MacDonald demonstrated how Viiv-based PCs will see Intel leave the office and enter the home, integrating music, movies, photos and games while being controlled by a remote. The new platform includes a dual-core processor, 5.1 surround sound, wired networking and an optional TV tuner card. While networking today's computers with your living room is as straightforward as making trousers out of spaghetti, a Viiv PC will be able to record, pause and rewind live TV programmes, and store them on the hard drive for later viewing, and personal video recorder functionality allows users to record TV programmes and to pause and rewind shows in real time. Intel is also adding chips and software for a range of other devices, including set-top boxes, televisions and video recorders that will be able to communicate directly with each other. For those who cannot wait until then, Hewlett Packard's new ultra-compact desktops may sate the appetite, as well as the HP Pavilion dv4000, which has 'quickplay' buttons for easy access to music and video without having to start up Windows. Or there is the new Blackberry 710, which has wireless access to e-mail, text messaging, a quad-band phone, a web browser, instant messaging and a hands-free speaker phone. The Xbox 360 was on show with all the spot-light, sound-tracked drama of a prize boxer entering the ring for a title fight. The analogy is not wasted on Microsoft, which is banking on its launch portfolio of game titles to grab a lead from Sony's PlayStation. The machine, available in a US$299 core pack or a US$399 bundle, will also support iPods. First impressions are not exactly great, however. Demos for new titles such as Perfect Dark Zero, Project Gotham 3 and Resident Evil 5 barely hinted at what Peter Moore, corporate vice-president of worldwide marketing and publishing for Xbox, described as 'the most powerful games console ever made'. Like its predecessor, the 360 may have to wait for a title that really enables it to show off its power. The Xbox Live Arcades service will accompany the 360's launch in the United States and Canada on November 22, while the European and Japanese versions of Xbox Live Arcade will be launched alongside the Xbox 360 console on December 2 and December 10, respectively. The online service will be fully integrated into the Xbox 360 Dashboard, providing a central destination for Xbox 360 gamers to download new titles, access their game collections and play demos of new releases. Convergence also trickles into the games themselves. The emphasis at DigitalLife seemed to be on combining top graphics with buckets of sweat: new games on show demanded heavy work outs. XaviX unveiled its Jackie Chan Fitness Games (US$89.99), complete with boxing gloves and a floor pad called the J-Mat for running, jumping and fighting your way through action-packed Hong Kong streets. The system counts the calories you burn using the games, so you can integrate them into your fitness routine. Dance Dance Revolution Extreme 2 (US$40) is still the classic with a few more twists in the old tale. Star of the show was Red Octane's Guitar Hero (US$69.99), which aims to transform the gamer into the mullet-haired rock god of their dreams. The structure is similar to Dance Dance Revolution where on-screen key instructions are followed using the controller.