Thrustmaster brings Wi-Fi into the world of console

THRUSTMASTER BRINGS WI-FI INTO THE WORLD OF CONSOLE NETWORK GAMING
The WI-FI Network Gaming System*

LONDON – 19th May 2004 — At its E3 booth this year, Thrustmaster took console gamers into the age of Wi-Fi!

Thrustmaster presented its WI-FI Network Gaming System, the first system based on the technology allowing gamers to play wirelessly, over a local network or online!

This system is compatible with the PlayStation® 2, Xbox® and GameCubeTM consoles, as well as with PC.

“Thrustmaster’s objective is to be on the cutting edge of the new technologies that will continually give rise to new experiences and gaming situations,” states Laurent Derennes, Producer at Thrustmaster. “Thrustmaster wishes to extend the great benefits of Wi-Fi technology to gamers, allowing them to create a real wireless network, whether they are playing at home with two consoles or gaming online.”

Nothing could be simpler!

For LAN (Local Area Network) gaming with 2 consoles, users simply connect each Wi-Fi Network Gaming unit to each console**. No need for drivers – the system is completely Plug & Play. Gamers can take on each other, even in different rooms, in different houses, without the constraints of a link cable or having to share a TV set.

To play online and take on the whole world, just connect the Wi-Fi Network Gaming unit to your console, which will then communicate with your broadband Internet connection via a Wi-Fi router.

The WI-FI Network Gaming System will be available from October 2004. Pricing to be confirmed.

*Name not binding

**A network adapter is required for PlayStation 2