Why no multi-channel sound in Mac games?

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

  1. imacken macrumors 65816

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

    Edwin
     

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