|MATROX OFFERS SNEAK-PEAK AT UNREAL DIRECT3D®PATCH
Unreal Matrox contest available on the Matrox Web Site
Montreal, Canada, September 24, 1998 -
Matrox Graphics Inc. announced today that a special sneak peak of the Direct3D® beta
patch for Unreal the top-selling 3D action game developed by Epic MegaGames and
published by GT Interactive Software (NASDAQ: GTIS) is available for download at the
Matrox public web site. The patch offers enhanced Unreal game play for graphics
accelerators that support Direct3D®, including the award-winning Matrox MGA-G200 Series.
The early Unreal Direct3D® beta patch gives users a sneak peak at Direct3D® performance
on Matrox Mystique G200, Millennium G200 and Marvel G200-TV boards prior to the worldwide
release of the final patch. Although Epic MegaGames plans to release an Unreal Direct3D®
patch that is compatible with all other graphics accelerators in the coming weeks, great
performance and compatibility with the MGA-G200 Series has allowed Matrox to release this
advanced sneak-peak Direct3D® beta patch for Matrox MGA-G200 users.
I've been playing with the Unreal
Direct3D® beta patch and the framerate and visual quality are superb, says Mark
Rein, Vice President, Epic MegaGames. I am excited that DirectX® 6.0 has allowed
Unreal to run on popular Direct3D® accelerators, like the Mystique G200. It simply looks
amazing and plays fantastically! We still have some additional optimization work to do,
but are thrilled with how good the early performance is with the MGA-G200 Series.
Epic MegaGames has been able to take advantage
of Microsofts robust DirectX® 6.0 technology in developing the Direct3D® beta
patch for Unreal. To obtain the beta patch, users need to register at the Matrox site (www.matrox.com/mgaweb). Once
registered, users are instantly eligible for one of six Matrox/Unreal prize packages
valued at over $300. Prize packages include a Matrox Mystique G200 (8MB), Microsoft
Sidewinder® Precision Pro Joystick, Unreal T-shirt, Unreal hat, Unreal mouse pad and
Heralded by Next-Generation magazine as the best looking game of all time, and
PC Gamer magazine as the future of gaming, Unreal offers heart-pounding
single-player action; intense multi-play for up to 16 gamers; as well as the Unreal Level
Editor one of the industrys most advanced, easy-to-use level editor programs
that allows even novice players to create their own Unreal levels or customize virtually
any aspect of the game itself in ¼ the time of other editors.
Designed for the Windows 95, Windows 98,
Windows NT platforms, Unreal transports one or more players to a beautiful yet deadly
planet which, as a result of a mysterious ore has become the Bermuda Triangle
of space, has entwined alien races from across the galaxy in a battle for survival.
Unreals visuals set a new standard for realism water is transparent, flames
randomly flicker, moving clouds cast shadow while dynamic lighting and music changes
compliment the on-screen action.
Matrox MGA-G200 Series
The award-winning Matrox MGA-G200 series of accelerators offer high-performance 3D
rendering at the highest image quality. The MGA-G200 Series includes incredibly powerful
2D acceleration, video acceleration and the widest range of upgrade options in the
industry. The MGA-G200 Series includes the Millennium G200, for no-compromise 2D, 3D and
video, the Mystique G200, for powerful home entertainment and gaming with TV-out
capabilities and the Marvel G200-TV, the ultimate 15-in-1 graphics accelerator including
hardware video editing capabilities. With an emphasis on quality, the Matrox MGA-G200
Series integrates high-speed 230/250 MHz RAMDACs to deliver the highest refresh rates,
including over 85Hz at 1600 x 1200 resolution for flicker free monitor refresh. One of the
cornerstones of the new 3D architecture of the MGA-G200 is Vibrant Color Quality rendering
(VCQ) that uses 32-bpp color accuracy throughout the rendering pipeline and is capable of
rendering displayed images in 32-bpp color from source texture maps of up to 32-bpp color.
All boards in the MGA-G200 Series come with 8MB of high performance memory (expandable to
16MB) and accelerate real-time 3D rendering of todays Direct3D® games with superior
3D image effects including Z-buffering, alpha-blending, fogging and texture mapping.
About Epic MegaGames Inc.
Epic MegaGames Inc. is a privately held company based in Rockville, Maryland with a wholly
owned subsidiary in the United Kingdom. Established in 1991, Epic produces, markets and
distributes cutting-edge PC games. Previously known for Jill of the Jungle, Jazz
Jackrabbit and Epic Pinball, the company is now best known as the creators of the hit PC
3D action game Unreal and the Unreal Engine which it has licensed to several top PC game
developers for games in a variety of genres. Epic distributes its products directly to end
users using the shareware model and through worldwide retail distribution with major game
publishers. Additional company information can be obtained through Epic's World Wide Web
site at http://www.epicgames.com.
About GT Interactive Software Corp.
Headquartered in NY, GT Interactive Software Corp. is a leading publisher of entertainment
and edutainment software under the GT Interactive, Cavedog Entertainment, SingleTrac and
MacSoft brands for personal computers as well as game consoles from Sony Computer
Entertainment Inc. and Nintendo. The company operates development studios in
Seattle, Salt Lake City and San Luis Obispo, CA. GT Value Products is the market share
leader in budget software under the WizardWorks, CompuWorks and Slash brands. Located on
the World Wide Web at http://www.gtinteractive.com,
GT Interactive is publicly traded on the NASDAQ National Market System under the symbol
A Montreal-based graphics chip designer and board manufacturer, Matrox Graphics Inc. is a
leader in the graphics industry. In 1993, Matrox was the first to introduce a 64-bit
graphics engine for the PC market with its MGA Series and the first to introduce high
quality video editing to the consumer market with its breakthrough Rainbow Runner series
in 1997. Matroxs innovative graphics and video technology has been recognized with
an unprecedented 400 international awards over the past five years. With 20 years of
experience, Matrox continues to deliver leading edge solutions to the graphics and video
industry at the best price/performance.