- Sonopress has been named as exclusive primary
vendor for Microsoft Xbox games, including distribution of Xbox
software and hardware, replication, packaging and distribution
(through Bertelsmann Services) in Europe. Sonopress has also
announced it is now a Microsoft authorized replicator for third-party
games for the Xbox console, which the industry is eagerly
anticipating this coming Autumn.
The deal has been agreed between Microsoft, Sonopress and the
Bertelsmann Services Group. Quote from Herman Heemeyer, Vice
President Sales and Marketing Europe at Sonopress: "We have been
chosen as authorized replicators for Europe in view of our track
record with Microsoft. We have very large production capacities and
guaranteed short production times - both of which will prove
essential for the success of the new console." Sonopress has about
4000 employees worldwide and is able to produce more than 72 million
DVDs of all formats per year.
Microsoft states "Sonopress has already proven its competence as
an authorized replicator for various other Microsoft products and
business channels. Further, Sonopress has exhibited outstanding
technical expertise, complete commitment to customer care and a
strong focus on the protection of customer content."
Scheduled for release this coming autumn 2001, Xbox
) is Microsoft's future-generation video game
console that delivers superior graphics, better audio and the most
intense, action-packed gaming experiences available. All this is
possible because Xbox has at least three times the graphics
performance of the newest generation of game consoles. Features will
include a 733MHz CPU, a custom-designed graphics chip capable of
processing more than 1 trillion operations per second, an 8GB hard
drive, 64 MB of total memory, a 3-D audio processor with 64 audio
channels, and broadband connectivity for online game play. Xbox uses
familiar architecture and DirectX( development tools so game
developers will be able to create better games faster.
Researchers estimate that people spend more than 20 billion
dollars per year on videogame consoles and associated games.
Sonopress, a Bertelsmann company headquartered in Gütersloh, is
one of the world's leading service providers in the duplication of
data and information carriers. Founded in 1958 as a press works for
vinyl records, today Sonopress has the know-how to replicate all
digital data carriers currently available on the market, such as CD,
CD-ROM and DVD, DVDplus, SACD. It offers the entire process of
content marketing from beginning to end - from pre-mastering down to
distribution. Sonopress is Europe's leading games replicator,
producing 7 out of the top ten titles in Europe last year. The
company can draw on a worldwide network of more than 3,900 employees.
Further information: http://www.sonopress.de
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