Why gamers should care about 7.1 audio & a list of PlayStation 3 games that support 7.1 audio

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Posted November 30, 2012 by Shamarri Miller in A/V

What is 7.1 Audio?

7.1 surround sound is the common name for an eight-channel surround audio system commonly used in home theatre configurations. It adds two additional speakers to the more conventional six-channel (5.1) audio configuration. As with 5.1 surround sound, 7.1 surround sound positional audio uses the standard front, center, and LFE (subwoofer) speaker configuration. However, whereas a 5.1 surround sound system combines both surround and rear channel effects into two channels (commonly configured in home theatre set-ups as two rear surround speakers), a 7.1 surround system splits the surround and rear channel information into four distinct channels, in which sound effects are directed to left and right surround channels, plus two rear surround channels. In a 7.1 surround sound home theatre set-up, the surround speakers are placed to the side of the listener’s position and the rear speakers are placed behind the listener.

Source: http://hometheater.about.com/od/hometheateraudiobasics/qt/5-1vs7-1diff.htm

As you can tell from the image above, 7.1 audio is a format that many gamers can’t fit into their homes due to their living room layouts or available living space and that sucks, maybe you guys can try a 5.1 system or 3.1 system. However, for those of you that can afford the space to install a proper 7.1 audio system I hope you decide to do it.

Why focus on 7.1?

The reasons I have chosen to go this route:

To provide readers with a more in-depth look at every aspect that goes into making their games enjoyable.

I want to focus more from a home theater perspective because that is my second love. Home theater enthusiast that game don’t really have a place to go other than some random impression left by a forum member in the forums. I want to change that.

Also how many times do we read reviews on big gaming sites like IGN or Gamespot and hear ( or read) them talk about technical aspects of a game in a review and the answers are very vague or omitted entirely? Take for instance the latest release in the Call of Duty franchise, Black Ops 2, this game supports both stereoscopic 3D and 7.1 audio, yet these features aren’t mentioned in either IGN’s or GameSpot’s reviews? This is baffling to me as a gamer as sound and visuals are what are used to immerse us in a games environment. Sure, their reviews focus on the mechanics and features packed in the game, and the fun factor, but they lack of on the  immersion aspects.

I find this rather dishonest to all the people who took the time to implement the 3D and and 7.1 audio features in Black Ops 2. Not only that but, advancements in tech have always been used to better the experience of playing games.

I feel obligated for  Sony-Gamer.com to provide these aspects in our reviews, because right now I kind of feel the current review process is lacking in these certain aspects, it feel like someone reviewed Black Ops 2 and didn’t mention the multiplayer. How angry would gamers be then? So I want this to become the home of home theater gaming on the web.

The last reason I want to focus on 7.1 audio is because Sony chose to make this apart of the PS3 and I want to express how the PS3 takes advantage of this features. PS3 is also the only home console to support 7.1 audio.

Source for games that support 7.1 audio: http://community.us.playstation.com/t5/PlayStation-Lounge/7-1-Surround-Sound-Game-Titles/td-p/10204119

Credits: un4gvn2 and PT-Angel_L_V for verifying games.

PS3 Game Titles:

 

A

All Pro Football 2k8 – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Alone In The Dark – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

 

B

Batman: Arkham Asylum – 7.1 (un4gvn2) (dts soundtrack available)

Black Site Area 51 – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Blazing Angels – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Bionic Commando – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Bioshock – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Borderlands – 7.1 (AkimboTrout) (dts soundtrack available)

Brothers In Arms: Hells Highway – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Brutal Legend – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

 

C

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare – 7.1

Call of Duty: Modern Warefare 2 – 7.1

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – 7.1

Call of Duty: Black Ops – 7.1

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 – 7.1

Call of Duty: World At War – 7.1 (bert0426)

Clive Barkers: Jericho – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Chronicles of Riddick: Assualt on Dark Athena – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

College Hoops 2k8 – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Conflict: Denied Ops – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

 

D

The Darkness – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Dark Sector – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Darksiders – 7.1 (AkimboTrout)

Deus Ex: Human Revolution (PloKool)

Dirt – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Dirt 2 – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Disney Pixar Up – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Dragon Age: Origins – 7.1 (Greenspagbol)

 

E

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

 

F

Fallout 3 – 7.1 (ArmyXRays)

Fuel – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Flock! – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Flower – 7.1 (AkimboTrout)

Folklore – 7.1 (Craiji)

Fracture – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

 

G

Genji – 7.1 (Craiji)

Ghostbusters – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

God of War: Chains of Olympus – 7.1 (dts soundtrack available)

God of War III – 7.1 (dts soundtrack available)

Grid – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

GT5 Prolouge – 7.1 (InfamousM)

 

H

Haze – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Heavenly Sword – 7.1

Hail To The Chimp – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Hot Shots Golf 7.1 (Craiji)

 

I

IL-2 Sturmovik Birds of Prey – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Infamous – 7.1 (un4gvn2) (dts soundtrack available)

Iron Man – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

 

J

Just Cause 2 – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

 

K

Kane & Lynch: Dead Men – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Killzone 2 – 7.1 (un4gvn2) (dts soundtrack available)

 

L

Lair – 7.1 (un4gvn2) THX Certified

 

M

M.A.G. – 7.1 THX Certified(dts soundtrack available)

Mini Ninjas – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

MLB 08 The Show – 7.1 THX Certified

MLB 09 The Show – 7.1 (armyxrays)

MLB 2k7 – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

MLB 2k8 – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Monster Madness: Grave Danger – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Motor Storm – 7.1 (Iceman-X)

Motor Storm Pacific Rift – 7.1 (un4gvn2) (dts soundtrack available)

 

N

NBA 08 – 7.1 (un4gvn2) THX Certified

NBA 2k8 – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Need for Speed Shift – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

NHL 2k8 – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

 

O

Oblivion – 7.1 (Craiji)

Overlord: Raising Hell – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

 

P

Pure – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

 

Q

 

 

R

Ratchet & Clank Future a Crack in Time – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Ratchet & Clank Tools of Distruction – 7.1 (Stook00)

Ratchet & Clank Quest For Booty – 7.1 (zbarron)

Red Faction: Guerrilla – 7.1 (un4gvn2) (dts soundtrack available)

Resistance 1: Fall Of Man – 7.1 THX Certified

Resistance 2 – 7.1 (dts soundtrack available)

Robert Ludlum’s: The Bourne Conspiracy – 7.1 (un4gvn2) THX Certified

 

S

Sacred 2 – 7.1 (Greenspagbol)

Sega Rally Revo – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Silent Hill: Homecoming – 7.1 (da1writer)

Siren: Blood Curse – 7.1 (Craiji)

Socom: US Navy Seals Confrontation – 7.1 (AkimboTrout) THX Certified

Star Wars The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

 

T

Timeshift – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Top Spin 3 – 7.1 (nnyanks)

Turok – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

 

U

Uncharted 1: Drakes Fortune – 7.1 (alisound) (dts soundtrack available)

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – 7.1 (dts soundtrack available)

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – 7.1 (alisound) (dts soundtrack available)

Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom – 7.1 (Greenspagbol)

 

V

Valkyria Chronicles – 7.1 (zbarron) (dts soundtrack available)

Virtua Fighter 5 – 7.1 (Iceman-X)

Virtua Tennis 3 – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

 

W

Wall-E – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Wanted: Weapons of Fate – 7.1 (AkimboTrout) (dts soundtrack available)
Warhawk – 7.1 THX Certified

Watchmen The End Is Nigh – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

WET – 7.1 (un4gvn2) (dts soundtrack available)

 

X

 

 

Y

 

 

Z

 

 

 

PSN Game Titles:

 

1942 Joint Strike – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Calling All Cars – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Cash Guns Chaos – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Echochrome – 7.1 (zbarron)

Ghostbustersanctum of Slime – 7.1

Go Sports Skiing – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Go Sports Skydiving – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

GT5 Prolouge – 7.1 (InfamousM)

Infamous – 7.1

The Last Guy – 7.1

Nucleus – 7.1 (Iceman-X)

Pain – 7.1 (InfamousM) THX Certified

Snakeball – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Socom: US Navy Seals Confrontation 7.1 (AkimboTrout) THX Certified
Super Stardust HD – 7.1 (alisound)

Warhawk – 7.1 THX Certified

Wipeout HD – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Zen Pinball – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

Zombie Apocalypse – 7.1 (un4gvn2)

 

 

Playstation Eye Game Titles:

 

Eye Of Judgement – 7.1 (Craiji)

Mesmerize – 7.1

 

Here is a list of games which have been tested and DO NOT!!! provide 7.1 LPCM only 5.1 dts or 5.1 Dolby Digital and lower.

 

Angry Birds

Armored Core 4

Assasin’s Creed

Assasin’s Creed II

Assasin’s Creed: Brotherhood

Aquatopia (Playstation Eye)

Battlefield 1943

Battlefield: Bad Company

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Bayonetta – (dts soundtrack available)

Beijing 2008

Bejeweled 2

The Bigs 2

Bladestorm: The Hundred Years War

Blast Factor THX Certified

Blazing Angels 2

Burnout Paradise – (dts soundtrack available)

Buzz! Quiz TV

Call of Duty 3

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 2

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 3

Capcom vs Marvel

Cellfactor: Psychokinetic War

Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

The Club

Commando 3

Command And Conquer: Red Alert 3

Conan

Condemned 2: Bloodshot

Crash Commando

Critter Crunch

Dante’s Inferno

Dead Nation

Dead Space – (dts soundtrack available)

Def Jam: Icon

Devil May Cry 4

DJ Hero

Dragon Ball Raging Blast

Dynasty Warrior’s 6

Elefunk

Eternal Sonata

Everyday Shooter

Face Breakers

Far Cry 2

Fatal Inertia EX

Fear 2 – (dts soundtrack available)

FIFA 08

FIFA 09

FIFA 10

FIFA Street 3 – (dts soundtrack available)

Fight Night Round 4 – (dts soundtrack available)

Final Fantasy XIII – (dts soundtrack available)

Flow (Sixaxis) THX Certified

Folding@home (Life With Playstation)

Formula One Championship Edition

Go Puzzle

God of War I THX Certified

God of War II THX Certified

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grip Shift

GTI Club

Guitar Hero III

Guitar Hero Metallica

Half Life 2 – Episode 2 – The Orange Box

Harry Potter: Order of the Phoenix

Heavy Rain (dts soundtrack available)

Heavy Weapon

Home (beta)

Juiced 2: Hot Import Night’s

Lego Batman

Lego Indiana Jones

Lemmings

Linger In The Shadows

Little Big Planet – (dts soundtrack available)

Lost Planet

Madden NFL 09

Madden NFL 10

Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers

Mahjong Tiles: Ancient Wisdom

Medal of Honor – (dts soundtrack available)

Medal Of Honor : Airborne

Mega Man 9

Metal Gear Solid 4

Mirror’s Edge – (dts soundtrack available)

Moto GP 08 – (dts soundtrack available)

Nascar 08

Nascar 09

NBA 09 – (dts soundtrack available)

NBA 2k9

NBA 2k10

NBA Live 08

NBA Live 09

NCAA Football 08

NCAA Football 10

Need For Speed: Carbon

Need For Speed: Prostreet

NFL Tour

NHL 08

NHL 09

NHL 2k9

Ninja Gaiden Sigma

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 – (dts soundtrack available)

Numblast

Pixel Junk Eden

Pixel Junk Monsters

Pixel Junk Racers

Rag Doll Kung Fu

Rainbow Six Vegas 1

Rainbow Six Vegas 2

Red Baron Arcade

Resident Evil 5

Ridge Racer 7

Rock Band

Rock Band 2

Rocket Man

Savage Moon

Sega Superstars Tennis

Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution

The Simpson’s

Skate – (dts soundtrack available)

Skate 2

Sonic Unleashed

Sonic: Ultimate Genesis Collection

Soul Caliber 4

Star Wars Force Unleashed

Stranglehold

Street Fighter IV

Stuntman: Ignition

Super Rub A Dub

Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix

Tekken 5 DR

Tiger Woods: PGA Tour 2008

Tiger Woods: PGA Tour 2009

Tiger Woods: PGA Tour 2010

Time Crisis 4

Tomb Raider: Underworld

Tom Clancy’s: Endwar

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2

Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground

Trash Panic

Trine

UEFA Euro 2008

Unreal Tournament 3

Wolfenstein

WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2009

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

 

(In order to enjoy THX Certified Titles your A/V Receiver must be THX Certified!!! This does not mean that the title will not playback. It simply means you will not enjoy the extra effort of the audio and video clairty that was put in by THX.)

 

What is THX ?

 

THX Certified products undergo intense requirements from THX from the equipment used to test the products to equipment that is used to make the products. All MUST meet THX standards before THX would begin to work on the project. THX performs many Certifications from Cinemas, Home and Professional Audio/Video Receivers, Speakers, Subwoofers, Computer Hardware, Movie Titles, Music Titles, TV’s and Video Games. So what does this all mean and why do I want to THX logo on my next product? When something is brought to THX they go through the Hardware/Software and correct, the Audio and Video bits. From the background noise that needn’t be there to those that should be there; from lighting to textile to darkness. THX goes back and fixes all of these so that we as the consumer can get the best Picture Quality out of titles and an amazingly Detailed Audio experience. The Levels of THX Certification that THX has are THX Certified Multimedia (For Multimedia), THX Certified Any Product which meet minimum requirements) THX Select (Speakers), THX Select2(Receivers), THX Select2 Plus (Receivers), THX Ultra (Equalizers, Projection Screens Audio & Video Cables), THX Ultra2 (Speakers, Audio/Video Receivers, Pre-Amplifiers, Power Amplifiers) and lastly THX Ultra2 Plus (For Hi-End Home and Professional Audio/Video Receivers and Hi-End Home and Professional Pre-Amplifiers) While the audio and visual aspects of a title can be somewhat appreciated on a non THX Certified Audio/Video Receiver the true potential is brought out when playing back on a THX Certified Audio/Video Receiver.


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