Automated lip-synchronization software made available to Xbox game developers
Morrisville, North Carolina - February 26th, 2003 - Morrisville, North Carolina, February 26, 2003 – OC3 Entertainment, Inc. announced today that it has signed an Xbox Tools and Middleware agreement with Microsoft to provide automated lip-synchronization solutions for the Xbox™ video game system from Microsoft. The agreement will allow OC3 Entertainment to expand its Impersonator™ product line onto the Xbox platform and provide a real-time solution for Xbox™ Live™.
Drew Angeloff, Xbox Tools Program Manager at Microsoft, states, “Gamers are demanding more realistic characters and game designers are responding. Part of the solution to creating more realistic characters is accurate lip-synching and facial animation. OC3 Entertainment has a solution for Xbox developers and I welcome them to the Xbox development community.”
“Communicating with your voice allows you to experience games in a whole new way-” said Doug Perkowski, chief executive officer of OC3 Entertainment. “When Xbox Live is combined with animated talking characters, game developers will be able to deliver an unprecedented level of interaction.”
The Impersonator product line, which analyzes pre-recorded audio, is currently available for Xbox game developers. A solution that enables real-time communication via animated characters will be released later this year.
About OC3 Entertainment
OC3 Entertainment (www.oc3ent.com) is a private company dedicated to powering the gaming industry with realistic talking characters. The company develops the Impersonator product line, a middleware solution for game engines.
Xbox (http://www.xbox.com/) is Microsoft’s future-generation video game system that delivers the most powerful games experiences ever. Xbox empowers game artists by giving them the technology to fulfill their creative visions as never before, creating games that blur the lines between fantasy and reality. Xbox is now available in the continents of North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. About Xbox Live Xbox Live is the first comprehensive, online gaming arena fully dedicated to fast-action broadband gaming experiences. Xbox Live will allow gamers to play multiplayer Xbox games with other gamers everywhere via a high-speed Internet connection. With a built-in hard drive and Ethernet port, the Xbox console was built from the ground up to be an online gaming system. Xbox Live will enable all gamers to find and play with their friends easily, talk to other players during game play through the Xbox Communicator headset, and download current statistics, new levels and characters to their Xbox hard drive.
Doug Perkowski, OC3 Entertainment, Inc.
Xbox is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. OC3 Entertainment and Impersonator are trademarks of OC3 Entertainment, Inc.