|California Graphics, the 3D
hardware company for games, has announced that it
will be focussing on providing TV-out for its
Voodoo2 solution called 3D Wizard.
"Whilst other companies have rushed to
market with a Voodoo2 solution
that is basically just the reference design board
from 3Dfx, we prefer to provide customers with
the solutions that they really want,"
explained Vincenzo Coccoli, Chairman and CEO of
California Graphics. "The vast majority
of our customers are keen to have TV-out so that
they can enjoy the stunning graphics on the big
screen of their TVs in the same way that they do
with our popular 3D Emotion card. As a result, we
are focussing our engineering effort into
creating a 12MB TV-out design with special high
performance memory chips. This will be available
around the end of May. Our 8MB version, which
does not have TV-out, will be shipping a couple
of weeks earlier.
The estimated costs for the boards have
dropped so that recommended price for the 8MB 3D
Wizard will be $229 (£139) and the 12MB
version with TV out, which is called the 3D
Wizard ULTIMATE, will be $299 (£179). Street
prices are expected to be around 10% less.
California Graphics went on to issue a caution
about Voodoo2 boards. "The
market has the perception that Voodoo2
is a dramatic new step forward for all gamers and
this has put the market for video cards into
limbo," explained Mr Coccoli.
"The Voodoo2 chipset
really needs a Pentium II or really high end
Pentium based system and its performance
improvement with a Pentium, AMD or Cyrix Socket 7
processor is not so dramatic. Once customers
realize this, we expect that the market for tried
and tested designs, such as our popular 3D
Emotion that is based on the Voodoo Rush chipset,
will pick up dramatically.
We simply want all of our customers to get their
money's worth, performance wise, and the Voodoo2's
heavy CPU requirements and varying performance
under different APIs is an important thing to
keep in mind."
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