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Chinon launches holiday season with CyberShades: first affordable immersive 3-D glasses.

TORRANCE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 8, 1995--Chinon Wednesday announced volume delivery of CyberShades, the first affordable 3-D peripheral system that allows users to experience high-resolution stereo 3-D imagery using standard VGA monitors.

Designed to resemble sunglasses, CyberShades provides users with an immersive virtual reality experience for only $199.

CyberShades is breakthrough technology that offers gamers an entirely new dimension in visual entertainment. By using the full resolution of the computer monitor, CyberShades makes images literally erupt from the screen in distinct 3-D forms, whether still, animated or video.

CyberShades employs proprietary LCD shuttering technology, which eliminates the flickering and visual discomfort that has often plagued users of other stereo viewing systems. In addition, the lightweight, ergonomic design makes CyberShades comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. CyberShades works with any Windows- or Windows 95-compatible system.

"The CyberShades 3-D system is a revolutionary new product for cost-effective VR development and entertainment," said Michael T. Bilous, executive vice president, sales and marketing, Chinon. "A perfect holiday gift -- CyberShades raises computer gaming to the next level of interactivity for an affordable price."

CyberShades connects to the parallel port on the PC and a pass-through is provided for connection to other parallel peripherals. The CyberShades game collection includes the following titles: Depth Dwellers, Descent: Destination Saturn, Redwood Games' Word Rescue, Math Rescue, VR Slingshot and Wolfenstein 3D. When played using the CyberShades, each game is enhanced, becoming an immersive experience.

Depth Dwellers, by TriSoft, features the episodes The Quest, Operation Cut-Off and Exterminator. In this futuristic adventure into a 3-D maze of friends and foe, players must run, jump, duck, crawl and do whatever it takes to fulfill their quest. True depth shading and heart-stopping sound effects add to the realistic atmosphere.

Descent: Destination Saturn, by Interplay, lets users battle alien beings and robotic menaces below the surface of a Lunar Base, in an environment that's truly 360-degree 3-D.

VR Slingshot, by Ixiom, features the episodes Energy Dual, Disc Eliminator and Cyber Ball. This futuristic space flight simulator challenges one or two players to navigate space and engage in dog fights as a virtual space traveler.

Wolfenstein 3D, by Apogee, is an adventure game in which players must rescue comrades from dangers deep within the Wolfenstein Castle.

Word Rescue, by Redwood Games, is an action-packed educational game that builds vocabulary skills for children age 8-12. Twice nominated for Best Educational Game, it presents non-violent episodes that offer exciting levels to explore with bad guys more likely to get slimed than shot.

Math Rescue, by Redwood Games, is an educational game that builds math skills for children age 8-12. Creatures who try to steal numbers are slimed away in this five-episode set. A 1993 winner of SIA Best Educational Program Award, this state-of-the-art game takes a new approach to learning.

Price and Availability

CyberShades is shipping now for an MSRP of $199, which includes: 3-D glasses, parallel interface, parallel pass-through cable and game CD-ROMs. CyberShades is currently available in computer retail stores and consumer electronics outlets.

CyberShades works on any Windows- or Windows 95-compatible IBM PC, 386 or higher with a minimum of 4 MB of RAM (8 MB recommended). Users will need a VGA color monitor and graphics card. Some game titles may require higher CPU specifications for optimum performance. A CD-ROM drive is required.

Developer kits have been supplied to the industry's leading game developers to insure a broad-based level of ongoing industry support. Additional edutainment and adventure games are slated for a Q1, 1996 release.

About Chinon

Chinon is a world-leading supplier of CD-ROM and floppy disk drives. The company also manufactures multimedia hardware and software, virtual-reality technology, OEM printer components, electronic imaging and optical products. Chinon America's Information Equipment Division, which began operations in 1985, is a subsidiary of Chinon Industries Inc., Japan.

For more information, contact Chinon America, 615 Hawaii Ave., Torrance, Calif. 90503. Telephone: 310/533-0274 or 800/441-0222. Fax: 310/533-1727.

CONTACT: Allison Thomas Associates

Shari Riley, 818/509-3700

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