LOS ANGELES, May 16, 1996 — At the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) here, Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability in retail outlets of more than 100 titles developed for the Microsoft® Windows®
95 operating system by third-party developers. Due to new technology developments in Windows 95, by the 1996 holiday season, consumers will be able to choose from an array of game titles for Windows 95 that deliver a more realistic, cutting-edge gaming experience than ever before possible on a PC. The tremendous consumer and industry support for Windows 95 shows that
“Windows 95 is Where It’s At”
™technologies in Windows 95 have enabled the industry to embrace Windows 95 to the fullest, thus providing users with a broad selection of game titles,”
said Brad Silverberg, senior vice president of the Internet platform and tools division at Microsoft.
Microsoft currently has more than 200 software, hardware and OEM partners, making
Windows 95 the ultimate place to play games.”
According to results from an April 1996 study by the Software Publishers Association, the PC has the highest growth rate of any game platform, and sales of PCs will continue to outpace sales of consoles in the next six months. Dedicated gamers are expected to move to Windows 95 in large numbers, with the majority expected to be playing games on Windows 95 by the holiday season.
“The HP® Pavilion family of multimedia PCs, which ships exclusively with Windows 95, is the ideal computing solution,”
said Richard Walker, marketing manager, HP’s home products division.
“The rich gaming platform offered by Microsoft’s DirectX technology, combined with the Pavilion’s advanced surround sound and video graphics, is one of the many reasons consumers rely on the HP Pavilion for all their multimedia and home computing needs.”
“Windows 95 is a defining moment in gaming history … it’s immediately a clear benefit for the gamer,”
said Johnny Wilson, editor-in-chief of Computer Gaming World.
“Game publishers who are still doing MS-DOS® -based versions are cheating all gamers.”
The PC provides what’s hot in the gaming market now. Realistic 3-D
full-screen, TV-quality movies, and multiplayer games on the Internet are all real technologies on Windows 95-based PCs now and are scheduled to be in game titles by the holidays.
Microsoft’s set of DirectX interactive media technologies includes the DirectDraw
APIs for real-time 3-D graphics. One of the newest DirectX technologies, Direct3D, is rapidly becoming an industry standard for PC game development. Direct3D shipped to software developers in beta form in late February and is scheduled to be released in final form in June. Direct3D offers software developers a broad set of comprehensive, device-independent services to develop the most realistic gaming experience possible.
“The impressive set of developer technologies Microsoft delivers with DirectX enables Windows 95 to take off as a gaming platform,”
said Walter Miao of IDC/LINK.
“While 1995 was the year of proof for Windows 95 as a game platform, 1996 will be the year we really see a showcasing of titles.”
Windows 95 Has the Breadth and Depth of Game Titles
One of the many advantages of Windows 95 is the variety of games available for the platform. Not only does Windows 95 support the sports, fighting and action games popularized by game consoles, it also offers gamers whole new worlds of adventure games, flight simulations, strategy challenges and children’s interactive adventures. Windows 95 gives consumers a range of gaming experiences, from the driver’s seat of an A-10 Tank Killer (Silent Thunder), up a beanstalk in search of a rabbit (Tiny Toon Adventures
Buster and the Beanstalk), into the driver’s seat of a radical monster-truck-racing game (Microsoft Monster Truck Madness).
Microsoft’s commitment to gaming began with the original Windows 95 DirectX Software Development Kit (SDK) in 1995, bringing consumers ease of use with AutoPlay and high-quality graphics and sound. DirectX for Windows 95 now has more than 100 supporters, including the leaders in the game industry. The newest technology additions to the DirectX set of technologies include DirectPlay, Direct3D and the ActiveMovie
DirectPlay, the newest of the DirectX technologies, is a next-generation architecture for interactive, multiplayer gaming on the Internet and other networks and is expected to drive the next generation of online game services. DirectPlay extends the Microsoft DirectX APIs to the Internet. It enables development of both sophisticated online games and virtual online
to coordinate multiplayer games.
“OnLive! Technologies supports Windows 95-based multiplayer gaming by providing the first 3-D voice-enabled lobbies,”
said Rod MacGregor, chairman and co-founder of OnLive! Technologies Inc.
“We are excited to work with Microsoft to develop the DirectPlay APIs. We are also providing tools for game companies interested in adding innovative audio functionality to their applications.”
Another addition to the DirectX technologies, Direct3D, brings real-time 3-D graphics and 3-D virtual
to PCs. Direct3D technology is a leading specification for the industry. With the beta version of Direct3D in developers’ hands in April (the final version is scheduled to ship in the second quarter) and with more than 80 leading ISVs, IHVs and OEMs committed to delivering products for Direct3D between now and the holidays, gaming enthusiasts worldwide will soon experience more compelling and powerful 3-D graphics for the Internet, games, education and business applications.
The ActiveMovie API brings the next generation of cross-platform digital video technology for the desktop and the Internet. With ActiveMovie, developers and creative professionals will be able to deliver stunning titles on multiple platforms with crisp synchronized audio, video and special effects. Users will benefit from state-of-the-art MPEG playback for full-screen, television-quality video on PCs, Internet playback and streaming for fast and easy playback of all popular media types on the Internet, a flexible architecture for easy integration of new technologies, and real-time special effects.
ActiveMovie will be a key API for the next generation of video on the desktop and the Internet. More than 20 industry companies have announced support for ActiveMovie, as have the OpenMPEG Consortium (representing 32 companies) and the Japanese Open MPEG Windows Forum (representing 32 companies). Their support signals that the PC as a game platform keeps getting better and better.
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Microsoft, Windows, DirectX, MS-DOS, DirectDraw, DirectSound, DirectInput, DirectPlay, Direct3D and ActiveMovie are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.
HP is a registered trademark of Hewlett-Packard Co.
TINY TOON Adventures characters, names and all related indicia are trademarks of Warner Bros.
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Massive Industry Support for Windows 95 as a Gaming Platform
Virtually all the major game companies currently embrace Windows 95 technology to deliver the best game experience. Windows 95 has received strong industry support from leading software developers, hardware vendors and PC manufacturers.
The following leading software, hardware and PC manufacturers have announced their support for Windows 95 as a gaming platform:
7th Level Inc.
Acclaim Entertainment Inc.
Adobe Systems Inc.
Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
Alliance Semiconductor Corp.
Aspect Computer Pty Ltd.
ATI Technologies Inc.
Avid Technologies Inc.
Catapult Entertainment Inc.
Center for Multimedia Inc.
Chaco Communications Inc.
Chase Manhattan Bank N.A.
Chips and Technologies Inc.
Chromatic Research Inc.
Cirrus Logic Inc.
Cisco Systems Inc.
Compaq Computer Corp.
Computer Artworks Ltd. London
Creative Labs Inc.
Crystal River Engineering
Deep River Publishing
Dell Computer Corp.
Diamond Multimedia Systems Inc.
Digital Pictures Inc.
Edios Interactive (Domark and US Gold)
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Falcon Northwest Computer Systems Inc.
FORE Systems Inc.
Forte Technologies Inc.
FreeRange Media Inc.
Gateway 2000 Inc.
Gold Disk Inc.
Harrow Media Pty Ltd.
Hash Enterprises Inc.
Hercules Computer Technology
Hewlett-Packard Co., home products division
Interactive Creations Inc.
Interactive Digital Communications Inc.
InterActual Technologies Inc.
Intervista Software Inc.
Interworld Technology Ventures
Looking Glass Technologies Inc.
LucasArts Entertainment Co.
Matrox Graphics Inc.
Micron Electronics Inc.
Montage Group Ltd.
National Semiconductor Corp.
Nationwide Building Society
NBC Desktop Video
Ncompass Labs Inc.
NEC Electronics Inc.
NEC Technologies Inc.
Number Nine Visual Technology Corp.
NuVision Technologies Inc.
OnLive! Technologies Inc.
Open MPEG Consortium
Open MPEG Windows Forum – Japan
Origin Systems Inc.
Packard Bell Electronics Inc.
Parian Development Group Inc.
Philips Media Games/Software
Precept Software Inc.
QSound Labs Inc.
Saltmine Creative Inc.
Samsung Electronics Company Ltd.
Sanctuary Woods Multimedia
Seanix Technology Inc.
Sega Entertainment Inc.
Silicon Magic Corp.
SingleTrac Entertainment Technologies Inc.
Sony Computer Entertainment
Spacetec IMC Corp.
Spectrum HoloByte Inc.
Starlight Networks Inc.
STB Systems Inc.
Strategic Simulations Inc.
Taylor Subscription Talk
Template Graphics Software Inc.
TerraGlyph Interactive Studios
The 3DO Company
The Network Connection Inc.
Time Warner Interactive Inc.
Toshiba America Information System Inc.,
computer systems division
Trident Microsystems Inc.
TRO Learning Inc.
Tseng Labs Inc.
U.S. Gold Inc.
US West Communication Services Inc.
UUNET Technologies Inc.
Viacom New Media
VictorMaxx Technologies Inc.
Virgin Interactive Entertainment Inc.
Virtual i-O Inc.
VIVO Software Inc.
Waite Group Press
Western Digital Corp.
Xing Technology Corp.
Yamaha Systems Technology Inc.