Thursday, March 17, 2005

XBOX Uber Gaming

Why do Microsoft give the XBox the capability to do 5.1 surround sound and then not advertise the fact or provide a cable to let you do it? Well, until recently anyway. Earlier this month they gave offical sanction to this little number from Spherex but it costs $500 and is't available in the UK... yet

Some of the bits you need to do it yourself for an awesome increase in graphics quality and sound are:

This Joytech Xbox Digital AV Cable

A Decoder with an optical input like this one from Creative
Decoder DDTS-100 - Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES, Pro Logic II & DTS Neo:6

And some 5.1 speakers like these

There are other systems available but "without optical input, you cannot enjoy aural features like Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. Instead, you'll be treated to simulated surround sound through a circular-surround algorithm."

Oh yeah, and some games that actually produce 5.1 output like Halo 2 or just about any DVD.

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