Nytric was approached by ZAPiT to develop an interactive game console that would permit up to six players to simultaneously play interactive games directly on the existing home television. Working with technology partners National Semiconductor and Panasonic, Nytric came up with the revolutionary approach of using available low-cost technology to create a game console.
More than two years of extensive research and development lead to a revolutionary new design of game console that not only utilised, but also extended the available DVD technology and integrated with it, the ability to simultaneously use up to six hand-held TV-type remote controls.
Nytric managed the product from concept through design to manufacturing, created new game engines, software libraries, built a proprietary operating system, and hardware.
This project presented many engineering challenges and innovations:
- Designed plastics and tooling
- Developed and testing of a proprietary FPGA architecture
- PCBs met RoHS and other international standards
- Developed a unique Real-Time Operating System (RTOS)
- Developed a manufacturing process plan and test procedure
- Initiated regulatory testing for various jurisdictions
In addition to the operating system and games engines for the Game Wave Console, Nytric developed the all of the game content and code for the launch titles – new software games content specifically conceived to enhance the experience of interactive family entertainment. Nytric has produced more than ten software titles and has helped to launch ZAPiT Games into the world spotlight.