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Apocalypse 5D Sonic

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Software

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High-performance PowerVR game titles included:
Ultim@te Race MechWarrior 2
WipeOut XL/2097 Tomb Raider
Terracide
Accelerated video drivers: Windows 95 DirectDraw drivers for accelerated playback of software MPEG, Indeo, Cinepak, and other AVI clips. SmartTools include: Mode setup within Windows display control panel, refresh rate control, screen centering, virtual desktop.
NewSoft software includes: Image Folio image editor, VideoWork AVI editor, and MediaScape multimedia player for video, audio and photo CDs. Audio applications include: Audio Rack for CD/MIDI/WAV playback, Midisoft Studio 4.0 (Lite version) for MIDI recording and editing, and Mixman 3-Mix for music re-mixing.

Ultim@te Race screenshotUltim@te Race is the showcase car racing game for PowerVR, leaving other racing games on the starting grid. Test your driving skills against the clock, against the other cars (it ain't easy!), or get networked and challenge your friends.
Wipeout 2097 screenshotWipeout XL (2097 in Europe) is a jaw-dropping race ‘n’ chase thriller where your goal is to stay in the lead and defend your craft against other pilots. Negotiate hairpin turns, make gut-wrenching drops and initiate jumps all while blasting your opponents with intimidating weaponry.
Mechwarrior 2 screenshotMechWarrior 2 takes you to the year 3057, in which a struggle for power fuels a society of warring clans, resulting in total war. Witness the stunning gameplay through your 3D virtual cockpit as you leap into Instant Action or advance through a complete MechWarrior career.

In Tomb Raider* you are Lara Croft, who, ever since her plane crash and survival in the Himalayas at the age of 21, has devoted herself to exploring sites of profound archaelogical interest. Only feeling safe when relying on herself, Lara searches for the hidden secrets of ancient civilisations.

In Terracide* you are one of the colonists returning home to reclaim your birthright from your human ancestors. Your objective is to break through their scanners in your one-man ship, and destroy them from within. With seven radically different spaceships to explore in full 3D, this is no mean feat.

* OEM accelerated version with reduced levels.

The latest games that support the Righteous 3D include Quake 2, Quake, Dark Forces 2: Jedi Knight, Hexen II, Flight Simulator 98, Moto Racer, Tomb Raider 2 and many more. For a more complete list of games and other sites about the PowerVR range, please visit the Videologic games site.

 

Reviews
Some of the Awards the PowerVR has won

PC Review - 9/10 (December 1997)
"The Apocalypse 5D Sonic combines a 3D accelerator, DirectSound compatible audio processing and 2D graphics all on a single board. To date, it's the only card to combine all three functions in an all-in-one solution."

"For many people the 3D accelerator will be the main reason for considering this combi-card, and with good reason too. It uses the new PowerVR chipset from NEC (the PCX2 processor). This... provides blistering performance along with a full complement of 3D beautifiers. It can do proper texture mapping and two types of bilinear filtering. Filtering is a technique that is used during the rescaling of textures and it enables surfaces to look detailed even as you get right up close to them."

"When it comes to 2D performance the card is no little-leaguer either. It uses a high performance chipset from Tseng Labs... the use of MDRAM enables it to provided a data throughput twice as fast as equivalent VRAM-based products. The card offers resolutions up to 1600x1200 with a 16.7 million colour 24-bit palette. However, performance has been optimised for lower resolutions with higher refresh rates."

"As for its sound capabilities, they are if anything more impressive than its 2D features. It's a PCI device and it greatly enhances your game thanks to 64-channel audio and MIDI, and precise 3D placement of in-game effects thanks to the DirectSound 3D and Aureal3D protocols."

"For game players who want to equip their PC with the latest and most powerful enhancement technology on the market, there really is no better solution than the Apocalypse 5D Sonic."

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