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Sony Announces Presence at GDC

  Sony recently announced their planned attendance at this year's Game Developers Conference, which is being held March 4-8 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California. The company plans to share their latest system tools and information with developers from around the world, which will be on display at their booth, #1308, on March 6th and 7th. In addition Sony will have several of their producers, developers, and programmers present for presentations throughout the conference. The presentations will shed light on several new tools and technologies, including:

  • The PlayStation 2 Performance Analyzer, a new development tool for conducting detailed performance analysis to ensure games designed for the PlayStation 2 fully optimize the capabilities of the platform. Private 60-minute sessions will be held to provide developers hands-on access as well as an opportunity to speak with experts regarding how to best utilize the new Performance Analyzer.
  • Experts will offer demonstrations of the expanding online capabilities of PlayStation 2 and provide additional information for developers interested in creating online-enabled titles for the platform. Live demonstrations of the highly successful first party online hit, SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs from Sony Computer Entertainment America, an action adventure title that places the gamer in the role of an elite SEAL commander, will also be conducted throughout the session.
  • Experts will demonstrate voice over IP technology (via USB headset) available through PlayStation 2 middleware software as well as games leveraging this technology. Support engineers will be on hand to provide their insight on the benefits and opportunities of incorporating voice in game design.
  • The "Linux (for PlayStation(R)2)" Kit, a hobbyist development environment providing users the ability to run a wide variety of computer applications written for the Linux operating system and create original programs and applications designed to run on Linux.

  Sony Computer Entertainment Europe will feature their latest development technology, EyeToy(TM), which provides developers and publishers tools to create games where the player's own movements, gestures and actions are captured via camera and transmitted to the game to control gameplay in real-time.

  "As PlayStation 2 continues to lead the industry, we recognize the importance of fostering talent and development as the market evolves," said Andrew House, executive vice president, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "We see the Game Developers Conference as an opportunity to share the latest tools and information with our partners, in hopes of inspiring further creativity and innovation."

  Look for more information on this year's Game Developers Conference as it unfolds.

2/28/2003 Ryan Hartmann

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