Sony Chooses NewTek's LightWave 3D For Development Environment

TOKYO, NICOGRAPH 96, Nov. 21 -- NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of LightWave 3D(TM), Video Toaster(TM) and the Video Toaster Flyer(TM), announced today that Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. has selected NewTek's LightWave 3D 4.0 to supply all existing and new members of the Net Yaroze, Sony Computer Entertainment's innovative project targeted at PlayStation hobbyist creators.

Introduced by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. in May 1996, Net Yaroze is a complete development environment providing the creative hobbyist member an easy to use yet powerful game development solution called "Starter Kit", as well as providing the Internet servers which support members' mutual communication and contents up-download activities. Net Yaroze was designed to encourage hobbyist creators to aggressively challenge the brand new category of masterpiece by co-development utilizing Net Yaroze servers. Using the members existing PC, the Net Yaroze project provides them with an understanding of 3D graphics oriented content development, from both a programming and graphics viewpoint with Starter Kit software and LightWave 3D 4.0 software.

"Sony Computer Entertainment selected LightWave 3D to include with their development system because they are convinced it is the best 3D graphics software program available for video game development," said Keith Goodman, vice president, sales and marketing, NewTek, Inc. "Net Yaroze brings together leaders in game development hardware and software to offer independent game developers a high-level solution normally available only at big name studios."

"LightWave 3D is clearly the front-runner in 3D software for the game development industry," said Masa Chatani, director of R&D, Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. "We wanted to provide our members the most powerful, yet easy to use solution, so they could get started right away. We are thankful to D-Storm, NewTek's Japanese distributor, for helping to bring LightWave 3D to our customer base."

The Net Yaroze project is available currently only in Japan and is promoted via Sony Computer Entertainment's web site (, public announcements and in top trade publications. The price of the starter kit is 120,000 Yen (JY) including a special black PlayStation, software development tools, and free server access through the end of March 1997. The Net Yaroze Starter Kit is sold directly through Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc.

LightWave 3D -- Photo-realistic Animation

LightWave 3D is the most powerful animation system available in its price range, offering features such as full ray tracing, motion blur, depth of field, variable lens settings, and may other special effects that allow users to create stunning images and animations.

Due to its unparalleled rendering quality and easy of use, LightWave 3D is the artist's choice for creating special effects for popular television shows, feature films and commercials, award winning video games and graphics for corporate videos. LightWave 3D is available for Windows 95, Windows NT on Intel, DEC Alpha, and MIPS, Apple PowerMac, as well as Silicon Graphics and Amiga workstations.

About NewTek, Incorporated

Headquartered in Topeka, Kansas, NewTek Inc. is the leader in providing full featured video editing and special effects tools at a price that allows anyone to produce professional video and graphics. The company's products are used worldwide on projects from home video to feature film and have won awards for television shows such as Babylon 5 and Star Trek. NewTek's sales and marketing office is located in Boulder, Colorado. Contact NewTek at 1200 SW Executive Drive, Topeka, KS, 66615. 913-228-8000. FAX 913-228-8099,

NOTE: NewTek is a registered trademark of NewTek, Inc. Video Toaster, Video Toaster Flyer and LightWave 3D are registered trademarks of NewTek, Inc. PlayStation is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

SOURCE NewTek Inc.

CONTACT: Steve Herrmann, Director, Marketing Communications, of NewTek Inc., 303-448-9700; or Hollie Wendt, Communications Consultant, 408-688-1193, for NewTek Inc./

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