Why no multi-channel sound in Mac games?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by imacken, May 23, 2011.

  1. imacken macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2010
    On my iMac 2011, I can get DD5.1 from DVDs etc. through an optical cable to my receiver, so why no multi-channel sound in Games?
  2. shardey macrumors 6502a


    Jan 28, 2010
    I too would like to know this, as I have bose companion 5 and it can utilize the multichannel from games.
  3. TinHead88 macrumors regular


    Oct 30, 2008
    Windows has support for analog surround out of a soundcard. This is used by games to support surround. Mac OS only supports the pass-through of encoded digital surround streams via the digital outputs and there has never been a game that utilises this method as it requires an encoding of the audio stream that might cause performance issues.
  4. edddeduck macrumors 68020


    Mar 26, 2004
    Some games do there is a thread on this forum about the games that do use multi channel audio and what games have been tested it's worth a read if you are interested in it.


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