11/17/2003 - Fonix® Corporation (OTC BB: FNIX), a global provider of easy-to-use speech solutions, announces the availability of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3, published by Ubisoft, and SWAT: Global Strike Team, published by Vivendi Universal Games, the first two games using Fonix voice command technology on the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft.
"The introduction of voice command to the player's experience heralds an entirely new level of game play," says Brian Schmidt, program manager of voice technology of Xbox. "Gamers love the increased interaction and realism. And developers can easily implement Fonix speech technology with the Xbox developer's kit (XDK). Demand from gamers for this cool feature, and the ease in which developer's can utilize the technology, will become market drivers for voice in the games industry."
Gamers are discovering the heightened excitement and fun of voice commands. As one reviewer says, "The use of the Xbox Live Communicator further immerses gamers into the already stellar game play of RS3 [Rainbow Six 3]. RS3 isn't the first console game to use a headset and voice recognition, but it certainly is the best implemented to date. I've never had so much fun looking like an idiot, yelling at my TV." (Horus, TeamXbox.com, October 30, 2003)
Another reviewer focuses on the ease and accuracy of using voice commands, "Using the Communicator is as simple as it gets, gamers simply speak the orders. Though at first it feels a bit awkward to be talking to the television, the system works very well, even in the heat of battle." (Rod Oracheski, Gamingworldx.com) With voice commands, the game experience just keeps getting better and more realistic.
Xbox makes it easy for developers to add these adrenaline-pumping features to games. "Microsoft's platform opened the doors to what our team was able to do with this new game," says Michael McCoy of Ubisoft Montreal, developer of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3. "Voice commands really enhance the player's experience, and the Xbox XDK allows for easy implementation of the voice technology."
"Games based on the Xbox platform are definitely upping the ante in the industry," says Tim K. Hong, vice president of Fonix Mobile Wireless. "Players will come to expect voice command features, and developers will have to deliver in order to keep up with market demand. Microsoft and Fonix provide the easy-to-use tools developers need to create a truly engaging gaming experience."
Xbox (www.xbox.com) is the video game system from Microsoft that brings people together for the most exhilarating game and entertainment experiences. Xbox delivers an expansive collection of breakthrough games, powerful hardware and the unified Xbox Live online service. The new tagline, "it's good to play together," captures the spirit of Xbox as the social hub of the new digital entertainment lifestyle. Xbox is now available in North America, Asia. Europe and Australia.
About Xbox Live
Xbox Live, which launched in the United States Nov. 15, 2002, allows gamers to play multiplayer Xbox games with other gamers everywhere via a broadband connection. With a built-in hard drive and Ethernet port, the Xbox console is the only video game system built from the ground up for online gaming, negating the need to buy additional, costly peripherals or upgrades. Xbox Live enables gamers to easily find their friends; talk to other players during game play through the Xbox Communicator headset; download current statistics, new levels and characters to their Xbox hard drive; and play online - all exclusive features to Xbox Live.
Ubisoft is an international producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products. A leading company in the multimedia industry, Ubisoft's strong and diversified lineup has grown considerably, as has Ubisoft itself. As well as steadfastly continuing to partner with several high-profile companies, Ubisoft has confirmed its presence on the global market by developing its own exceptional properties. Founded in 1986 in France, Ubisoft is now present on every continent, both through offices in 22 different countries including the United States, Brazil, Morocco, Germany and China and through sales of products in over 50 countries. The group is dedicated to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers around the world. Ubisoft generated a turnover of 453 million euros for the 2002/2003 fiscal year, up 23 percent over the previous year. To learn more, visit www.ubi.com.
About Vivendi Universal Games
Headquartered in New York, Vivendi Universal Games (www.vugames.com) is a global leader in multi-platform interactive entertainment. A leading publisher of PC, console and online-based interactive content, Vivendi Universal Games' portfolio of development studios includes Black Label Games, Blizzard Entertainment, Coktel, Fox Interactive, Knowledge Adventure, NDA Productions, Sierra Entertainment and Universal Interactive. Through its Partner Publishing Group, Vivendi Universal Games also co-publishes and/or distributes interactive products for a number of strategic partners, including Crave Entertainment, Interplay, Majesco, Mythic Entertainment and Simon & Schuster, among others.
Fonix Corporation (OTC BB: FNIX) provides speech interface solutions for mobile / wireless devices, computer telephony systems, the assistive market, automobiles and everyday consumer devices. Manufacturers and developers incorporate Fonix technology to provide their customers with an easy, convenient, reliable user experience. Visit www.fonix.com for an introduction to Fonix's complete suite of speech solutions, or contact a Fonix representative at (801) 553-6600 and say "Sales."
Xbox is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
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