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

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cedaridge2204d ago

PS3 is indeed a tech BEAST but the problem is unless the game is design for ps3? games like Black ops 2 or nba 2k13 or any multiplat titles doesn't sound the same as xbox 360. 2K on the xbox 360 you can hear footsteps on the court, crowds giving players the blues at the free throw line. It just decoded different from the ps3 version TOO ME! But ps3 EXCLUSIVES games & Bluray movies goes HAM! psn: cedaridge / xbl: cedar4Thunder

CraigandDayDay2204d ago (Edited 2204d ago )

Good to see ya on here, man. lol I'm on my PS3 playing Battlefield BC2 on my Yamaha 7.1 system and wish it had 7.1 surround in the game. It does still sound good though. It sounds a million times better than CoD games haha PM me for my PSN. You're on my friends list.

CraigandDayDay2204d ago

BTW, to anyone wanting a good 7.1 surround system, you can't go wrong with Yamaha or Denon. Both are great receivers. Just make sure you get some good speakers and a good subwoofer to go along with it. The Yamaha SW-315 is an amazing subwoofer I just bought and makes my surround system rumble!!!

cedaridge2203d ago (Edited 2203d ago )

What up Pimp Juice? lol Almost forgot I have a 7.1 HT setup. Yamaha receiver (Dolby Digital HD / DTS HD certified) with the klipse speakers! Everything indeed match from ps3 to receiver down to the speakers. Movie night at the crib is a BLAST and with that NEW Batman gettin ready to drop on Bluray? "U Kno What it is." LOL!!!

CraigandDayDay2203d ago

Hell yeah, man. I can't wait for the new Batman. (Dark Knight Rises)

It's gonna be blasting on my system. What kind of subwoofer do you have? My SW315 is a damn good value. I got it for $265 from Amazon. It's the piano black one. The matte black one is a bit cheaper. I think it's going for around $245. I'm thinking about getting a second one.

MastaMold2204d ago (Edited 2204d ago )

Thats the way I play all my games in 7.1 surround sound and from the top of my head Uncharted 1-3, God of War 3, Killzone 2-3, Lair, Warhawk, Gran Turismo 5 and Metal Gear Solid 4 are all in 7.1 surround sound.

7.1 mostly gets use by Sony's first party devs and because of Blu-Ray they really utilize it. Sony STR-DN1000 google it thats the receiver I own its a beast.

Sent from my PS Vita

vlonjati772204d ago

Masta Im with you,I just built myself the cave (Movie/Game)room,and have a 7.1 Denon surround sound system with Polkaudio speakers & subwoofer.I have all the games you mentioned.They sound awesome.I leave in a house so when I turn it to max the house shakes as if there was a big earthquake :)I also connect my Vita sometimes and it sounds good too.

kopicha2204d ago (Edited 2204d ago )

There are still many gamers out there who actually not have a proper sound system hook up to their consoles even as of today. At least from my own surrounding I can see that. But be it whether it is due to budget constraint of any other reasons, definitely they are missing out on the full experience that most games actually provide. This is especially true for PS3 owners because when come to sound capability, it is simply a beast. I do not have a 7.1 since it would be a space issue for me as I have my consoles in my own room. But I do have a 5.1 setup with Lossless audio support. And all I can say is that never I would want to go back to 2.1 audio. Let alone sound directly from TV.

ninjahunter2204d ago

I got a true 5.1 headset for my PC and man, once you go surround you never go back.

DA_SHREDDER2204d ago

I've had everything from Bose systems, shelf systems, 2.1 computer systems, and 7.1 surround sound headsets. All I can say is that the sound quality for the expensive systems is overrated, and over priced. If you want decent sound, just get a really good 2.1 computer system. I just bought the Genius 70 watt 2.1, and sure it might not be as loud as my bose system, but considering the difference between the price tags, I wish I would have just got a cheap but good pc 2.1 a long time ago. I regret giving Bose 1 cent of my money for their over priced crap.

As for being a tech junkie, If you have a ps3, just get the offical wireless headset. It has virtual surround sound and it is amazing. As for that saying, once you go 7.1 , you'll never go back. Trust me, after many years of going through home theater and suped up car stereos, you'll get tired of spending all that money on over priced hardware that you can practically get something comparable at a fraction of the price.

_LarZen_2204d ago

Oh...gues I should just deliver back my B&W 805D speakers then since quality aint worth it.

Hmmm...on the other could be you dont know what your talking about.. :p

ninjahunter2204d ago

Well, luckily i dont care much about quality. I honestly cant tell the difference between a compressed and uncompressed audiofile. And a good sense of directionality is just such a nice treat, its really something i wouldnt want to give up.

kopicha2204d ago

well... when you get to the level of those really high end stuffs, almost all are the same in the sense that you get almost very very little upgrade but at a much much much higher cost. This is normal in almost everything from LED panels, home theatre and etc. That's something unavoidable. A costly process but for those who appreciate it, they will love it regardless. But there is one thing I would not quite agree in a way. 7.1 headset are good in their own ways. But its never in anyway comparable to a decent HT setup. It is like comparing HT to actual cinema sound setup which at most time it is not whether our sound system is not as good as those from cinema, but rather because most home environment are not able to produce the same acoustic environment. So comparing a 7.1 headset to a decent 7.1 HT would be the same thing like what I said. I too have a decent 7.1 headset that I use with my PC. I love them too. But never it can compare to even my actual 5.1 that my consoles are connected to.

Aghashie2204d ago

I agree w u on the official wireles headset. That thing is cheap and the sound is par w others more expensive sets I have tryed. also agree w u on the bose brand. on the other side... I do think that enjoying a game w 7.1 sound is an experience from what no one could ever get tired. once you go there, you don't want to go back. if u can't afford an expensive quality sound system, then at least, get the ps3 headphones. you won't regret it.

Bimkoblerutso2204d ago's absolutely true that there's a ton of overpriced crap out there, but recommending a 2.1 system over a 7.1 system is ridiculous. I mean, you can get some great sound from a good 2.1 system, especially if you don't have the money or space to set up a 7.1 system.

But all barriers of entry aside, a 7.1 system is going to deliver the best aural experience you can get in gaming right now.

I will say that there are some brands out there in the audio world that consumers should avoid at all costs (*cough*Bose*cough*Monster), simply because of the ridiculous price:quality ratio, but that shouldn't dissuade anyone from investing in 7.1 ALTOGETHER.

kopicha2204d ago


agree with your point. no one with a 2.1 system have fail to impress by the experience after playing the same game at my place when compared to their 2.1. I do understand that there are some barriers to certain people to own a proper surround set up. For those people I would then highly recommend a 7.1 headset. Since thats the closest you can get while it save both cost and space.

on a side note I also forget to point out one thing. a serious audiophile would not buy Bose speakers in the first place. They are just similar to Monster products which are usually overrated and most importantly overpriced.

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Axecution2204d ago

Warhawk and LAIR are definitely my favorite uses of 7.1. They were craaazy

mayberry2204d ago

I have wondered too why game review sites never list this awesome feature that only the sony playstation 3 can do as a plus. I dont have it, but my friend does, and playing killzone with 7.1 audio is an experience on another level.

SnakeCQC2204d ago

stick to 5.1 most people havent but many games, movies and blu rays and its great. 7.1 is still not widely supported

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