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Nov 15 2007

Game Artists & Designers Deliver New Games Quicker with Virtools’ Solutions for "PSPTM" (PlayStation®Portable)

From PC to "PSPTM" in Record Time with Easy Prototyping and Production Solutions

Paris, France, November 15, 2007- Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced the release of its Virtools System upgrade for “PSPTM” (PlayStation®Portable).  With the revamped solution, game artists and designers can create, test, validate and produce high-quality games in record time.

“With Virtools Solutions for "PSPTM" at the core of Virtools’ authoring platform, developers are able to focus on game play and optimization,” says Virgile Delporte, Virtools VP electronic entertainment, 3DVIA, Dassault Systèmes. “Game developers can therefore validate the game design decisions much faster and enhance their development process for developing games with great graphics and cutting-edge interactivity.”

The Virtools 4 platform has been fully optimized to leverage the power of "PSPTM" through a written-from-scratch "PSPTM" System Virtools player and a new visual interface (see screenshot below) that manages communication with the system.  This puts the power of Virtools technology into the hands of development teams while also simplifying data conversion and overall optimization.  Most of the standard PC Building Blocks are ported to "PSPTM" system, and some custom Building Blocks are available to directly communicate with "PSPTM" system.

Now two new Virtools solutions are available to address "PSPTM" system game development:

  • The prototyping solution is ideal to test new game play ideas, visual quality target and pad controls directly on the target platform, accessible to game designers and technical artists;
  • The full production solution comes with extra source code allowing programmers to optimize and add their own code to match their specific needs; this solution, which comes with advanced support, is ideal to ship a high quality game in record time.

Both solutions are easily accessible thanks to the powerful visual interface, which simplifies the exporting process from the PC to "PSPTM" system.

Virtools game clients include major game studios such as Electronic Arts, Remedy, Nickelodeon, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, Microsoft, Dreamcatcher, Warner Bros Online and Ubisoft, etc. Virtools is a licensee of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc's Tools and Middleware Licensing program. For more information, visit

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