Highlights of this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) include Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator and Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings. Combat Flight Simulator, set for release this fall, builds on the 15-year legacy of Microsoft Flight Simulator, the best-selling simulation game to date. Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings, which is scheduled to ship in spring 1999, is a sequel to Age of Empires, the best-selling PC-game strategy title during last year’s holiday season. Microsoft will also demonstrate the long-anticipated SideWinder Force Feedback Wheel; its new, irresistibly fun, free-motion PC game controller, SideWinder Freestyle Pro; and the Microsoft Digital Sound System 80.
In other gaming news, Microsoft recently announced plans to collaborate with Sega Enterprises Ltd. on Sega’s new Dreamcast home video game system, slated for release in Japan on Nov. 20, 1998, and in the rest of the world in 1999. Microsoft will provide an optimized version of the Microsoft Windows CE operating system with integrated DirectX services as the operating system for use with Dreamcast.
The Microsoft and Sega collaboration marks a leap forward in game console technology. Dreamcast will include advanced hardware technology in 3-D graphics, sound and input devices, as well as an on-board modem to support Internet access and network gaming. The inclusion of Windows CE with DirectX provides a flexible, versatile development environment, supported by Microsoft development tools. The result is a powerful platform that enables creative and technical advances in video games to reach entirely new levels.
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