Microsoft Game Studios Licenses APTX Audio Over IP Solution

APTX, a leading provider of high-performance audio coding solutions for Low-Latency (LL) Audio-over-IP and High-Definition (HD) Voice-over-IP for consumer, enterprise, and broadcast applications, announces the successful integration, test and commissioning of a wideband, full-duplex (2-way) voice-over-network (VoN) system for Microsoft Game Studios.

Engineered by APTX expressly for Microsoft Game Studios, this turnkey solution combines apt-X audio coding and special AoIP protocol software to enable high-quality, 2-way, voice telephony. The solution provided to Microsoft Game Studios is especially optimized for massively multi-player online games (MMOG) from Microsoft Game Studios in Redmond, Washington, USA.

APTX confirms that the apt-X codec and a new technology called stream-X are two of the major elements of this turnkey audio-streaming solution. The first element, apt-X, is a predictive audio coding engine offering significant bit rate efficient compression and delivering flawless, multiple-channel audio with imperceptible latency (delay); the second element, audio middleware code-named stream-X, is provisionally described as a packet-based data transport fabric for the retro-integration of high-performance HD-VoIP/LL-AoIP services in existing IP based Content Distribution Networks (CDN). Originally developed for wireless digital networks and transport of HDTV Surround-Sound over AES pair, apt-X is one of several audio coding engines developed by APTX that can be integrated into stream-X. As a stand-alone codec, apt-X has been widely used in Broadcast, Cinema and Consumer products, specifically Stereo Bluetooth.

Making the announcement from APTX’s North American offices in Irvine, California, Mike Canevaro, VP Business Development: “Every games studio knows that live, 2-way, voice-chat is absolutely essential to the flow of massively multi-player online games. So, we’re absolutely thrilled to have delivered this key differentiating and compelling feature to Microsoft Game Studio.”

Canevaro continued: “The audio coding and transport technology that APTX has cemented into this particular infrastructure is unparalleled, both in its size and scope. And it has potential global reach. There’s no reason why the same solution to this common challenge could not be deployed in other massively multi-player online gaming networks.”

About APTX
APTX provides industry-leading audio compression solutions to the broadcast, professional audio, and consumer electronics industries. The company’s apt-X audio codec technology has earned a reputation throughout the audio industry as the ultimate high-quality, low-delay audio data compression algorithm available. Today, apt-X technology is licensed for use in broadcast audio codec hardware, professional audio systems, and consumer electronics devices, including portable media players and mobile phones, Bluetooth stereo headphones, and wireless microphones. In January 2010, the apt-X codec won the “Best of Bluetooth SIG Award” for its implementation into Creative’s S2 Inspire Wireless Speakers. Headquartered in Belfast, N. Ireland, APTX also has sales offices in the US, Japan, and S. Korea.

APTX, the APTX logo, apt-X and the apt-X logo are trademarks of APT Licensing Ltd.