Turok: Dinosaur Hunter Roars Into PowerVR-Enhanced PCs
Acclaim's Thrill-Packed Shooter Is Latest PowerVR Ready Title
Las Vegas, NV, November 17, 1997 -- NEC Electronics Inc. and VideoLogic today announced Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, the chart-topping console hit from Acclaim Entertainment, Inc., will join the PowerVR title roster this holiday season.
Based on the Acclaim Comics/Valiant Heroes title and the popular Acclaim Nintendo 64 game, Turok takes full advantage of the PowerVR 3D graphics acceleration technology capable of delivering explosive action and breathtakingly realistic 3D effects.
The PowerVR architecture combines on-chip hidden-surface removal with a unique method of texture mapping and a reduced memory architecture to bring 3D images to life. High-performance features, including bilinear and adaptive bilinear filtering, fogging and dithering from 16- to 32-bit color, allow Turok to run at maximum efficiency as dinosaurs charge out from the mist, waterfalls boil with foam, and trees explode into flames and crash to the ground.
"From raging dinosaurs to fiery explosions, Turok on PowerVR screams with realism and artistic imagination," said Charles Bellfield, product marketing manager, multimedia strategic business unit, NEC Electronics. "PC gamers have been eagerly awaiting this title and with PowerVR, they can have it in all its original glory."
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter
As Turok, players must protect humanity from the threats of the Lost Land, an interdimensional sewer of the universe where alien races struggle for dominance alongside bionic dinosaurs. Turok learns that his arch-nemesis, the Campaigner, has hatched an evil plan to bridge the gap between the Lost Land and Earth, and use his legions of Bionosaurs to conquer the universe. To stop him, Turok must track down all eight pieces of the Chronoscepter, an ancient weapon with mystic powers. His quest will take him through steaming jungles, crumbling ruins, treetop villages and dank caves. Armed with weapons ranging from a bow and arrow to a fusion cannon, Turok must overcome brutal enemies and the harsh environment in his quest to defeat the Campaigner and fulfill his duty as protector of Earth.
PowerVR with PCX2
PowerVR, from NEC and VideoLogic, is an advanced 3D graphics technology for personal computers, game consoles and arcade systems. The PowerVR-based PCX2 3D graphics accelerator provides users with outstanding performance, offering a sustained fill rate of 40 million pixels per second on an Intel Pentium Pro 200MHz PC.
PowerVR offers PC users outstanding 3D effects. These include hardware-accelerated realtime shadows, true exponential fogging, precise 32-bit Z buffer function (hidden surface removal), smooth shading and realistic translucency for water, fire and explosion effects.
On a PowerVR-equipped system, images appear clearly through bilinear filtering and games run at resolutions anywhere from 320 x 200 up to 1024 x 768 pixels using 16-, 24- or 32-bit color. Unlike competing 3D graphics processors, PCX2 does not require special cabling, but runs directly on a PCI bus at any resolution, and can operate in a windowed environment or full-screen. PCX2 is compatible with Direct3D, RenderWare, SurRender and the GLQuake engines, as well as PowerSGL Direct, PowerVR's native API.
More than 100 titles from the world's leading game developers have been developed for or ported to the PowerVR architecture, including industry sales leaders such as WipeOut, Tomb Raider, MDK, GLQuake and Hexen II.
The PowerVR 3D graphics accelerator is available in the U.S. through PowerVR-enhanced systems, including Compaq Presario 8000 and Gateway 2000 Destination Big-Screen PC-TV, and add-in graphics cards from companies including Matrox Graphics, VideoLogic Multimedia Systems, NEC Home Electronics (Japan), Melco and I-O Data. PowerVR-equipped products can be purchased through retailers including Best Buy, CompUSA and Electronics Boutique.
VideoLogic, founded in 1985, is a leading international supplier of PC multimedia products. The company develops highly integrated advanced multimedia semiconductors, software and add-in multimedia PC cards, with distribution in more than 50 countries through OEMs, value added resellers, retail channels and directly from VideoLogic offices. The company has its corporate headquarters in the United Kingdom, its U.S. headquarters in San Bruno, Calif., and offices in Frankfurt, Germany. VideoLogic has development agreements with Compaq and NEC, and is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange (FOOTSY:VDL).
NEC Electronics Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., designs, manufactures and markets an extensive line of electronic products including ASICs, microprocessors and microcontrollers, 3D graphics accelerators, digital signal processors (DSPs), memories and components including flat panel displays and lithium ion batteries. In 1996, the company ranked fourth in semiconductor sales in the U.S. The company operates a 709,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Roseville, Calif. NEC Electronics is an affiliate of NEC Corporation (NIPNY), a $41 billion international manufacturer of computer, communications and semiconductor products.
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