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 SECAUCUS, N.J., Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- "Panasonic is on-target as we head toward the consumer launch of the new REAL(TM) 3DO(TM) Interactive Multiplayer(TM)," says Richard Lovisolo, vice president and general manager, Interactive Media Division. "The first Panasonic multiplayers will be delivered to dealers in September and will be available to consumers the next month."
 The Panasonic FZ-1 REAL 3DO Interactive Multiplayer is the first product to utilize the powerful new 3DO interactive technology. The system employs a specially designed, ultra-fast animation processor with 3-megabyte memory (RAM) to draw on the vast storage potential of the compact disc. The result is an interactive system that offers performance levels up to 50-times greater than current personal computer or 16-bit video game systems( See Note).
 When the first multiplayers appears on store shelves, Lovisolo adds, they will be joined by a software library of at least eight titles, ranging from fast-moving action titles to involving educational programs. The multiplayer will carry a suggested retail price of $699.95 and software titles are expected to be priced competitively with computer and video game entertainment software.
 To ensure that consumers will be able to enjoy their REAL multiplayer directly from the box, Panasonic is including an entertainment title in the package, as well," says Lovisolo.
 Bundled with the player will be "Crash 'N Burn," a light-speed fast road race game from Crystal Dynamics, a leading software developer. A second CD packaged with each unit will offer a series of brief interactive programs, as well as information on the FZ-1, 3DO technology and 3DO software.
 Available in October, Panasonic will also offer additional optional controllers (AFZ-JP1) with a 7.5-foot cable for a suggested retail price of $39.95. Depending on specific software, the REAL 3DO Interactive Multiplayer can accommodate up to eight controllers at a single time.
 Early next year, Panasonic plans to introduce an optional Full Motion Video(FMV) cartridge, which will enable the REAL 3DO Interactive Multiplayer to play full-length motion pictures via CD Video. This cartridge (FZ-FV1) will use the MPEG-1 standard and fit into a port on the side of the FZ-1.
 "The REAL 3D0 Interactive Multiplayer is the ultimate home entertainment system," says Lovisolo. "This single product will play movies, audio CDs, display photo CDs and provide the user with the ultimate interactive entertainment and education experience. It does it all."
 Panasonic will support the launch with an aggressive sales, advertising and promotion program, directed by the Interactive Media Division. This program will include local and national print and television advertising, dealer tie-in events, an extensive demonstrator program, dedicated point-of-purchase materials, and a 10-market mall tour.
 "Some of the biggest names in software development are lining up behind this new format and producing a variety of exciting entertainment and educational titles," he adds. "At least eight titles are expected in October, with many more becoming available throughout the remainder of the year."
 NOTE: The 3DO system can program up to 64 million pixels per second, while 16-bit animation processes 1 million pixels per second. The 3DO system offers a palette of up to 16 million colors, while 16-bit animation offers 236 colors.
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