Plantronics Ships Advanced Headset for Microsoft Xbox Communicator
Online voice interaction brings new dimension to gaming
SANTA CRUZ, CA - November 25, 2002 – Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE:PLT), the world leader in lightweight communications headsets, announced that it is shipping to Microsoft a customized headset for the Xbox Communicator in support of Microsoft’s new Xbox Live™ online gaming service.
Together, Microsoft and Plantronics developed a headset that combines the ultimate in audio and voice quality with comfort and durability. Microsoft looked to Plantronics and its expertise in acoustics, audiology and human factors design to help develop the customized headset for the Xbox Communicator, which is now shipping.
The Xbox Communicator, when teamed with the Xbox Live online gaming service, promises to take the gaming community to the next level. The ability to play and interact verbally online with friends and strangers will add another entertainment dimension for gamers.
Said Matt Miller, director of product marketing, “Plantronics is fast becoming the partner of choice for companies seeking to add voice and sound interaction to their products and devices. This partnership with Microsoft speaks volumes to our expertise, quality and reputation.”
“In developing the Xbox Communicator, we were looking for a partner who could provide the caliber of product that our customers have come to expect from us,” said Todd Holmdahl, Xbox General Manager. “Plantronics’ proven track record in audio technology made them the obvious choice for a partner to co-develop the Xbox Communicator headset.”
Plantronics introduced the first lightweight communications headset in 1962 and is recognized as the world leader in communications headsets. A publicly held company with approximately 2,400 employees, Plantronics is the leading provider of headsets to telephone companies and the business community worldwide. Plantronics headsets are also used widely in many Fortune 500 corporations and have been featured in numerous motion pictures and high-profile events, including Neil Armstrong’s historic “One small step for man” transmission from the moon in 1969. Plantronics, Inc., headquartered in Santa Cruz, California, was founded in 1961 and maintains offices in 20 countries. Plantronics products are sold and supported through a worldwide network of authorized Plantronics marketing partners. Information about the company and its products can be found at www.plantronics.com or by calling (800) 544-4660.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software — any time, any place and on any device.
Xbox (http://www.xbox.com/) is Microsoft’s future-generation video game system that delivers the most powerful games experiences ever. Xbox empowers game artists by giving them the technology to fulfill their creative visions as never before, creating games that blur the lines between fantasy and reality. Xbox is now available in North America, Japan, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico.
Xbox™ Live is the first comprehensive, online game arena fully dedicated to fast-action broadband gaming experiences. Xbox Live will allow gamers to play multiplayer Xbox games with other gamers everywhere via a high-speed Internet connection. With a built-in hard drive and Ethernet port, the Xbox console was built from the ground up to be an online gaming system so there’s no need to buy additional peripherals. Xbox Live will enable all gamers to find and play with their friends easily; talk to other players during game play through the Xbox Communicator headset; and download current statistics, new levels and characters to their Xbox hard drive.
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