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September 8, 1997updated 03 Sep 2016 7:35pm

SEGA AND MICROSOFT TO WORK TOGETHER ON 128-BIT GAMES

By CBR Staff Writer

Sega Enterprises Ltd and Microsoft Corp are in the process of negotiating an agreement on the joint development of computer games that will run on a 128-bit machine, according to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun. The game will run on a Microsoft Windows CE-based operating system, so that it can be played on both a game console and a personal computer. The deal is expected to be signed in October. The machine is will sell for 30,000 yen ($250) or less and would feature a built-in modem to allow competition with other players via a phone line. The use of a Microsoft operating system is expected to simplify the development of games for both PCs and game consoles, thereby cutting the time and costs required and enabling the companies to offer a wide variety of game software at reasonable prices. The game machine would use a 128-bit microcontroller now under development at Hitachi Ltd. Neither company would comment on the proposed tie-up.

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