CREATIVE ANNOUNCES SOUND BLASTER X-FI SUPPORT IN QUAKE 4
Creative, the creator of Sound Blaster®, the worldwide standard for PC audio,
today announced that it has teamed with id Software to provide outstanding
Xtreme Fidelity audio performance with Sound Blaster X-Fi™ sound card support in
id Software’s recently released QUAKE 4™ PC game. QUAKE 4 is the latest of this
year’s top PC games to support Sound Blaster X-Fi, and joins the ranks of DOOM
3® from id Software, and Battlefield 2 from Electronic Arts to support this
industry-leading audio platform.
“QUAKE 4 offers the most intense and visceral game experiences available on
the PC, and our powerful audio effects, delivered through Sound Blaster X-Fi
hardware, enhance every moment of the gameplay,” said Todd Hollenshead, CEO of
id Software. “Audio is a key component in drawing gamers into the war between
the Earth and Strogg, and players armed with the latest Sound Blaster X-Fi
enabled hardware will hear the battle rage as if they are actually there.”
“Sound Blaster X-Fi not only introduces the brand new, highly powerful Xtreme
Fidelity audio platform, but also X-RAM—the first significant amount of on-board
memory solely dedicated to audio processing,” said George Thorn, director of
developer relations for Creative. “X-RAM takes on all the work of decompressing
game audio and readying it for playback, freeing up the PC's CPU for other
tasks, resulting in games that play at lightning speed. We’re pleased to partner
with id to implement this technology in QUAKE 4, and look forward to working
with other top game developers to optimize game audio for Sound Blaster X-Fi in
Creative worked with id Software and Raven Software during the development of
QUAKE 4 to ensure that the game takes full advantage of X-RAM, along with the
newest version of Creative’s EAX® (Environmental Audio Effects) technology, EAX
ADVANCED HD™ 5.0. EAX 5.0 adds unprecedented levels of audio realism in-game by
supporting up to 128 simultaneous voices, along with creating more faithful
audio positioning and distance.
New features of EAX 5.0 include:
· PurePath – Developers are now able to send individual sounds through
specific speaker channels, such as voice narration to the center channel or
explosions to the subwoofer. This delivers an experience far more akin to a
feature film DVD.
· FlexiFX – Developers can now utilize up to four fully
flexible audio effects, such as reverb, on every individual sound.
– Developers are now able to faithfully recreate close-up sounds, such as a
whisper or a laser blast zipping past the player’s ear, as easily as they can
simulate far away sounds such as explosions.
· Environment Occlusion –
Previous versions of EAX supported occlusion, which recreated the effect of
sound passing through a solid object. Environment Occlusion improves the realism
of the effect, by allowing reverb to be muffled due to occluding objects,
providing the best simulation of real-world audio possible.
The Sound Blaster X-Fi family of sound cards is now available at www.us.creative.com and at major retail
outlets. QUAKE 4 is now available wherever PC video games are sold.
For more information about the Sound Blaster X-Fi family of sound cards and
EAX, visit www.soundblaster.com. For
more information about QUAKE 4, visit www.quake4game.com or www.idsoftware.com.
(NASDAQ: CREAF) is a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products for PC
users. Famous for its Sound Blaster® sound cards and for launching the
multimedia revolution, Creative is now driving digital entertainment on the PC
platform with products like its highly acclaimed Zen™ and MuVo® portable audio
players. Creative's innovative hardware, proprietary technology, applications
and services leverage the Internet, enabling consumers to experience
high-quality digital entertainment -- anytime, anywhere.
Freud's primal part of the human psyche and one of the hottest game shops on
Earth – has been rocking the gaming world from Mesquite, Texas since 1991. As a
renowned leader in the industry, id Software forged such frenetic titles as
Wolfenstein 3D®, the DOOM® series, the QUAKE® series, and Return to Castle
Wolfenstein®. With intense graphics and mind-blowing action, id’s games have
helped redefine the modern video game, continually setting industry standards
for technology and gameplay. And, in keeping with tradition, id Software has
amplified the world of adrenaline pumping 3-D gaming with the release of their
latest action titles, DOOM 3® and QUAKE 4™. id Software’s advanced DOOM 3 engine
is leading the next revolution in 3-D interactive games. Check out more about id
Software at www.idsoftware.com.