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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 Microsoft’s 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 Unreal poster.

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 industry’s 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. Unreal’s 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 today’s 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 GTIS.

About Matrox
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. Matrox’s 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.


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