Bij Gamecenter hebben ze een kleine review gepost van de Soundblaster Live X-Gamer geluidskaart. Het komt erop neer dat ze hem errug goed vinden en hem bekronen met een 'Editors Choice'.
Of course, the real question is how the X-Gamer performs in games. The card comes bundled with full versions of three excellent titles--Descent 3, Need for Speed: High Stakes, and Thief: The Dark Project. All of these games support both DirectSound3D for 3D positional audio and Creative's EAX API for adding environmental reverb effects. I tested these games with two speakers, headphones, and four speakers to judge the X-Gamer's 3D audio prowess.
The results were especially impressive in Thief, in which the 3D audio cues actually helped me play the game. As I wandered the dark halls, being able to hear and locate a guard coming towards me offscreen conferred both an advantage in playing the game and an increased sense of realism. The reverb effects of EAX also added ambiance and increased the 3D audio sensation.
Overall, the 3D audio effects were much more realistic than what I had experienced in my earlier testing of the SB Live; Creative has spent the last year improving its 3D audio algorithms, and it shows. This improvement is especially apparent in the headphone and two-speaker configurations. The company has also done a good job in getting developers to support its EAX API.
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