X Box games - what's in 5.1 and what's not?

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  1. Chris Rock

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    The back of the games seem to all read "Dobly Digital", but which ones are in true realtime 5.1 sound? This is one of the biggest selling points for me.

    I know Halo is, but does anyone know about DOA3, PGR, Tony Hawk, or SSX Tricky?
     
  2. Dave Falasco

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    Hi, Chris. I've played seven games for the Xbox so far, and on all of them my receiver switches to DOLBY DIGITAL when the game boots up. They are:
    Halo
    Munch
    Madden 2002
    NFL Fever
    PGR
    Nascar Thunder
    DOA3
    Of those games, I found that Halo and the two racing games used directional sound cues the most, while the two football games had primarily crowd noise in the surround channels. In DOA3 I was too busy getting my arse kicked to pay attention to where the sound was coming from. [​IMG]
    Those are just quick impressions, since all but Halo were rentals. But they are definitely all in DD.
     
  3. Mike_G

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    Halo

    DOA3

    Mad Dash

    Project Gotham Racing

    NFL Fever 2002

    These I know for sure are in 5.1

    Halo is the only one I know FOR SURE that uses the center channel, albeit sparingly, and only for Cortana's voice.

    Mike
     
  4. Shawn O

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    So far for me:

    Halo

    DOA3

    NFL Fever

    NHL Hits

    PGR

    Nascar Heat

    Fuzion Frenzy

    These are the only games I've played and all of them are detected as 5.1 via my Denon AVR-5700.
     
  5. Gary King

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    I wouldn't be surprised if the DICE encoding algorithm *only* generates a 640kbps 5.1 signal. It's easier to design a chip that does 1 thing well than a chip that does 6 similar, but slightly different, things well.

    Surround, LFE, and center channel effects are up to the individual games.
     
  6. Max Leung

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    Project Gotham also has sound in the center channel...the race countdown and getting kudos scores for sure.
     
  7. Drew Dockery

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    Any word on 5.1 support in Amped and/or Dark Summit? If they do support it (I suspect they do) are the surround effects any good?
     
  8. Dean DeMass

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    Another good game that is in 5.1 is Star Wars: Starfighter: Special Edition and it uses the center channel correctly. Oh, and the 5.1 sounds real good as well. [​IMG]
    -Dean-
     
  9. Troy LaMont

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    Add Max Payne to that listing!
    Yeah, baby!
    Troy
     

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