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Activision and NVIDIA join forces to provide premiere accelerated content for the PC.

SUNNYVALE, Calif. --- (BUSINESS WIRE) via Individual Inc. --- May 6, 1996 --- NVIDIA Corporation today announced the Activision PC title MechWarrior®2 is now available for NVIDIA's line of multimedia accelerators. This "Powered by NVIDIA" version of MechWarrior 2 will contain special enhancements that will take advantage of the concurrent hardware engines inside the NVIDIA NV1 multimedia accelerator. This underscores both companies' commitment to deliver the hottest titles for action gaming on PCs running the Microsoft Windows 95 operating system.

"It is clear that NVIDIA has delivered a product with the interactive entertainment market in mind," said Brad Crystal, OEM Sales Manager for Activision. "NVIDIA's commitment to innovation is consistent with our goals to create compelling content and we expect these titles to be the first of many released by Activision, based on NVIDIA's impressive architecture."

MechWarrior2 is a combat-simulation game that thrusts players into a futuristic fantasy where they battle through many intricate levels of landscapes, battling head-to-head with the evil clans. Based on the BattleTech Universe, Activision's MechWarrior2 brings proprietary, real-time 3D graphics, premium-quality sound design and 31st century weaponry and warfare to your PC for the ultimate pulse-pounding gaming experience. This 3D version of MechWarrior2 runs at high resolutions and high color depths under Windows® 95, resulting in crisper, cleaner graphics that bring the warrior and his legions of mechanically-altered enemies to life as they assail players from 360 degrees.

In addition to MechWarrior2, Activision expects to deliver more titles to the NVIDIA platform, the first of which is Hyperblade™, due out in the summer 1996. HyperBlade is the highly anticipated futuristic rollerblade simulation game also being optimized for the NV1 powerful acceleration architecture.

"Forging this relationship with Activision is consistent with NVIDIA's goal to provide unparalleled acceleration for the leading entertainment content in the PC industry today. The concurrent multimedia capabilities of the NV1 multimedia accelerator are demonstrated by the high frame rates that the NV version of MechWarrior 2 is able to achieve. We look forward to providing industry leading acceleration for the upcoming titles from Activision," said Rob Csongor, director of marketing at NVIDIA Corporation.

"The real-time 3D perspectives, fluid movement and intense battles in MechWarrior2 all showcase features of the type of PC gaming only available from the software partnerships we are forming to bring this experience to the PC," said Eva Shepherd-Daly, business manager, developer marketing, for NVIDIA Corporation. "Our relationship with Activision allows us to more fully leverage NVIDIA in the computer gaming market."

The NV1 is a fully-integrated solution which combines the key components of multimedia in a single-chip architecture. Through this integration the NV1 offers real-time, fully-textured 3D graphics, 2D graphics acceleration, advanced audio, full-motion video acceleration and a digital input joystick engine. This single-chip technology has been designed to support, enhance and concurrently accelerate standards such as Microsoft's DirectX` application programming interfaces (APIs) including DirectDraw`, DirectVideo`, DirectSound`, DirectInput` and Direct3D`. The result is an immediate and across-the-board enhancement of Windows® 95 content. NV1 products from Diamond Multimedia Systems, Inc., Jazz Multimedia Inc., Leadtek Research Inc., and others will soon ship with a complete suite of DirectX drivers.

Activision is a publicly-held developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for Microsoft Windows and MS-DOS compatible, Macintosh and other computers, as well as Nintendo, Sega and Sony PlayStation game systems. Headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in London, Tokyo and Sydney, the company sells and markets products under the Activision and Infocom trade names.

NVIDIA Corporation is a venture-funded, privately-held, fabless semiconductor company with headquarters in Sunnyvale, California. The company designs, markets, sells and supports multimedia chips which concurrently accelerate the key components of multimedia, delivering the ultimate interactive experience on a PC.

MechWarrior and Hyperblade are trademarks of Activision. Windows and Microsoft are registered trademarks, and DirectX, Direct3D, DirectSound, DirectVideo, DirectInput and DirectDraw are trademarks of Microsoft Corp. All other trademarks referenced are the service mark, trademark or registered trademark of their respective manufacturers.

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