I'm going to join into the shots for more info/support for people with creative cards and other sound card solutions.
I wont defend creative practices. But you have to remember in every business, you want to be better then the competition or get rid of them. Software companies do this by buying other companies, car companies, everyone. Creative is more visible because they are the last man standing.
Outside of superhi end and very specific sound card solution. What upgrade to sound is there?
Creative helped kill competition, but on-board CRAP sound did more then creative could have ever envisioned.
And it made sound something you had rather then something you listened to.
There are thousands of gamers, M$ realizes this, they have the new game logo program for pc game.
Yet they kill all old' hardware support of sound cards, and force this on-board HD crap.
Lets put this simple. On-board Sound quality is equal to if not worse then almost all on-board video quality.
Does it make sounds? Yes, does the video display a picture? Yes.
Try gaming with either? JUNK.
This week an article that was posted on Anadtech, reported the HORRIBLE eax support from on-board sound (aka reltek anything, ac97 etc)
Outputting false 3d and environmental data, if anything at all.
And while creative uses/forced eax down our throats. Geuss what, it works good to great. Battlefield 2 I can hear where people are coming from, where I am getting shot at from, where things are moving etc.
And Now with Visita all that will be thrown out, I know OpenAI is around, And I know Creative will have to release drivers. But the way M$ made sound now kills all legacy EAX and directsound paths to the cards.
And while my creative Overhyped and overstated there sound card performance There numbers are much closer to the BLOWN up numbers that on board uses. Its night and day.
So the while M$ might say they will require better labels. This move will kill 3d sound more then creative's buyout of aureal. And gaming is going back in time, not into the future.
This room-eq control, is like spraying perfume on a garbage can. It just masks the stink.
So Amir, what can you tell us about gaming, and sound card support in the future? Are we all going to be forced to use realtek solutions?
And I love all you bit for bit guys, you had like 8 pages of comments about it, can we for a while get some questions about OTHER aspects of the sound? Pleeease?
(this question was asked by another user on like page 2, but then hidden by page after page of bit for bit debate)
I want my surround gaming sound.