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SoundMAX SPX Incorporated Into PS2 'Test Drive'

by Thomas on May 30, 2002 @ 6:46 p.m. PDT

Analog Devices, Inc. today announced that its advanced audio rendering technology, SoundMAX SPX, has been incorporated into Infogrames' recently released PlayStation 2 game Test Drive. SoundMAX SPX's "animated audio" - interactive, event-driven sounds that respond to game physics, environmental variables and user input - allows for hyper-realistic audio as the player races across tracks from around the globe in a wide range of high-powered cars.

With more than three million copies sold worldwide, the award-winning Test Drive series provides an auto racing experience for every type of racer. Developed by Pitbull Syndicate, Test Drive for PlayStation 2 will have the most true-to-life engine sounds and audio available.

"SoundMAX's audio rendering technology allows players to differentiate between the Turbo charger on a V6 engine and the deep bass boar of a big block V8," said Jean-Philippe Agati, senior vice president and general manager of Infogrames' Los Angeles studio. "SoundMAX SPX complements our state-of-the-art graphics with the most amazingly realistic sounds
imaginable."

"When we set out to create Test Drive we envisioned a game that would be so realistic that gamers would feel like the race was taking place all around them," said Scott Snyder, director of audio at Infogrames. "SoundMAX SPX was the best solution to create an amazingly realistic and heart-pounding audio experience. Once you hear the sounds from Test Drive, all other racing games will seem like a soap-box derby."

"We are very pleased to be able to bring our audio rendering solution to Infogrames and Pitbull, providing uniquely interactive sounds that contribute significantly to game play for the Test Drive series," said Beth Doherty, director of business development, Analog Devices. "With the addition of SoundMAX SPX, this title sets a new standard for audio sound effects in racing titles."

Test Drive for PlayStation 2 allows gamers to pit power versus legendary performance in high-impact street racing mayhem. Gamers rocket through crowded cities, with opponents and the law on their tail, in the ultimate test of man and machine. The game features 20 of the hottest licensed exotic sports cars and all-American muscle cars, four stunningly realistic and highly-detailed real-world cities, and fully interactive environments with cross-traffic, reactive pedestrians, gravity-defying jumps, and smashable street-side objects. Racers will also experience a realistic physics model tuned for a fun and exciting racing experience, a new interactive and immersive back story for a tight and compelling game, and real licensed music on the new Test Drive radio.

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