PlayXpert Announces Open Beta

August 6, 2008

PLAYXPERT ANNOUNCES OPEN BETA; NEW IN-GAME
WIDGETS FOR ALL PC AND MMO GAMERS

 
Hundreds of Changes Incorporated From 15-Month Closed Beta Test

 
PlayXpert, provider of next-generation in-game community management tools for
all PC and MMO gamers, today officially launched its Open Beta which includes
hundreds of new features that resulted from gamer feedback over the past 15
months.
 
“We have invested a tremendous amount of time and energy in making our in-game
platform solid for our users,” said Charles F. Manning, President/CEO of
PlayXpert. “Changes include new features and widgets, enhanced usability, a new
product skin, and performance enhancements across the overall system.”
 
PlayXpert is a completely customizable platform giving gamers, game developers,
and the modding community the power to build new in-game widgets without the
engineering challenge of developing in-game overlay. PlayXpert has published its
widget application programming interface (API) so that community-built widgets
can be delivered for its ecosystem.
 
The PlayXpert installation, available for free download at
www.playxpert.com
includes these new features:

  • PlayXpert Friends
    Widget

    Provides a single widget bringing together all friends and rosters from
    various chat systems and combining them into an integrated, in-game
    roster for communication and collaboration.  PlayXpert supports gateways
    into various networks including GTalk, Yahoo, Xfire, MSN, ICQ, and Sony
    Station Friends™.

  • Vivox Voice Widget
    – Provides out-of-the-box VOIP support for gamer-to-gamer communication
    and group communication via channels and rooms.

  • Wowhead Widget –
    Provides in-game access to Wowhead for quest and item research for World
    of Warcraft.

  • Wikia Widget
    – Provides in-game access to all Wikia gaming communities including:
    World of Warcraft®, Final Fantasy®, Guild Wars®, The Matrix Online™,
    Star Wars Galaxies™, EverQuest®, EverQuest® II, PlanetSide®, Tabular
    Rasa®, and others.

  • Web Browser Widget
    – Provides a universal web browser to research, optimize, and browse
    while players are in game.

  • PC Diagnostics
    Widget

    Provides in-game access to key performance indicators about CPU, memory,
    bandwidth, and process utilization.

  •  Tunes
    Widget

    Provides in-game access to all of users’ music on iTunes or WinAmp.


PlayXpert has also released a new Widget Gallery which allows users to download
ancillary widgets developed by PlayXpert or the community. Manning highlighted,
“The power of community-driven innovation is now available for universal in-game
add-ons. Because PlayXpert works across all games and provides an open/free API
for non-commercial use, the development community is free to make new widgets
that bring key tools in to the game experience.” Widgets available at the time
of print include: Google Gadget Widget (enabling over 40,000 Google gadgets to
be run in-game); a Command Line Widget (providing command line access to your
PC); and an Armory Widget (in-game access to the Armory for WoW players).
 
The PlayXpert platform of in-game tools is geared toward any PC or MMO game and
utilizes an in-game overlay technology that works with any game using DirectX®.
This unique approach means that without code modifications, PlayXpert
automatically works without any dependencies on hardware or games. PlayXpert
supports DirectX 8, 9, and 10.
 
For more information and to download PlayXpert for free, please visit
www.playxpert.com.    
 
PlayXpert will exhibit at the Austin Game Developer Conference Expo, September
16-17, 2008.