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 REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The 3DO Company has been selected to provide the interactive technology for U S WEST Communications' planned broadband trial, the company announced today. The 3DO(TM) technology will be built into the set-top materials (STT) that will attach to home televisions to enable the interactive environment so viewers can enjoy a range of activities such as playing interactive entertainment, educational and informational programming, shopping from the TV screen and receiving video on demand.
 The 3DO technology-based interactive STT will be deployed in Omaha, Neb., the first location where U S WEST will build and test its new voice, data and video communications network in 1994. U S WEST's Omaha trial is pending FCC approval.
 The STT is based on the same 3DO graphics/animation technology that drives the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer(TM), a CD-based stand-alone system. This technology processes images at up to 50 times the speed of most standard personal computers and video game systems. The STT architecture includes a network interface for broadband system connectivity and MPEG video decompression technology for video on demand and networked services.
 In addition to its revolutionary interactive technology, The 3DO Company has license agreements with more than 400 software companies to develop interactive titles for the 3DO technology. 3DO and its licensees are focusing on creating a large base of the type of content that will drive heavy interactive network usage.
 "The U S WEST selection is confirmation that 3DO technology is powerful enough to set the consumer standard for interactive entertainment, education and information," Trip Hawkins, president and CEO, The 3DO Company, said. "We're demonstrating that our new technology can be used in any stand-alone or networked environment."
 The 3DO Company's open business model and open architecture creates the opportunity for a widely adopted standard for home-based interactive technology from which multiple hardware and software companies, as well as their customers, can benefit.
 "We want to create a worldwide standard," Hawkins said. "We will broadly license our technology so many companies can have the benefit of 3DO's high-performance, low-cost, proven design, and the extensive selection of 3DO interactive content."
 Based in Redwood City, Calif., The 3DO Company (NASDAQ: THDO) is backed by a unique coalition of partners from consumer electronics, communications, entertainment and software industries. Investors including Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., the world's largest manufacturer of consumer electronics; and parent of Panasonic, National, Quasar and Technics; AT&T, one of the world's leading communications and computer companies; Time Warner, a leading media and entertainment company and second largest cable operator in the United States; MCA, a major entertainment company; Electronic Arts, the leading entertainment software publisher; and Silicon Valley venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
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 /CONTACT: Lee McEnany of The Bohle Company, 310-785-0515, Ext. 211, for The 3DO Company/

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