OS Neutral How many people game at 5.1/above on a Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Zellio, Feb 8, 2014.


How many of you game at 5.1 surround?

  1. Yes, in OSX

    1 vote(s)
  2. Yes, in bootcamp.

    2 vote(s)
  3. Yes, in any OS

    1 vote(s)
  4. No.

    20 vote(s)
  1. Zellio macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2012
    Thought i'd do this poll since I've gamed in 5.1 surround using an external sound card for a while now..
  2. Miharu macrumors 6502


    Aug 12, 2007
    I do on consoles where I can be sure that they support Dolby Digital/DTS. I have no clue how it would work in OS X.
  3. Bear, Feb 9, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2014

    Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    At the very least OS X DVD Player supports 5.1 output through the built in optical out in Macs for DVD playback and has since at least !0.4 which is when I started using 5.1 speakers with my Macs.
  4. Wardenski macrumors 6502

    Jan 22, 2012
    I do via Windows on my Mac Pro. I bought a soundcard for it. It has DD encoder so I can pass 5.1 via optic cable.
  5. Zellio thread starter macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2012
    (This is for osx)

    1. You buy an external usb sound card that supports 5.1 and osx.
    2. Get a 5.1 sound system (duh)
    3. Attach and go to system pref/sound, set output for the usb device.
    4. Go to applications/utilities/audio midi setup, go to your device, where it says 2ch-24 bit integer, set it for 6 ch (or so). Go to configure speakers, test them, make sure they work.

    Games and movies must support 5.1... A lot of steam games do though.

    It's probably best to get 5.1 for bootcamp though.
  6. Irishman macrumors 68030

    Nov 2, 2006
    Which OSX titles have you played that you've confirmed are in 5.1?
  7. MacsRgr8, Feb 10, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2014

    MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    Used to play with 5.1 on my ol' 2008 Mac Pro, running Windows.
    Got a PCIe Sound Blaster X-fi card for it and attached via the three analog outputs (classic style).

    Nowadays the Radeon 7950 Mac Edition which is in there supports HDMI audio which supports 5.1 sound (not sure how many games support this though).

    Too bad OS X cannot enable HDMI audio using this card.

    I am interested fo find out which games support 5.1 sounds on OS X and which external sound card do you use?
  8. edddeduck macrumors 68020


    Mar 26, 2004
    Most Feral games have full surround support if you have the hardware.

  9. northernmunky macrumors 6502a


    Jan 19, 2007
    London, Taipei
    FYI, the minijack port on all Macs (I believe) are optical out ports. I use it for VLC with movies that have 5.1 encoding.

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  10. Zellio thread starter macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2012
    When I go on osx next (On bootcamp), I'll make a list of all games with 5.1. I have over 1000 steam games, so I can make a good list.

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