Creative have been in contact with us to let us know the details of the X-Fi support within top new shooter, Quake 4.
X-Fi, which we reviewed here
, supports all sorts of funky new sound features including 64MB of on-board RAM.
Quake 4 supports:
Certain sounds and music is decoded and then stored in the X-RAM
so it doesn't have to be done on the fly when the game is playing. Result should be faster frame rate.
Faster access between the game and the audio hardware (bypassing the layers of Windows which DirectSound has to pass through). Result should be faster frame rate.
Some features of EAX 5.0 are supported, meaning you will get a more intimate audio experience on X-Fi. We're awaiting details as to which features, specifically, are supported.
It looks like Quake 4 is the first of a number of games that are going to be supporting X-Fi. Are you tempted to grab yourself X-Fi after checking out our review? Let us know your thoughts on the hardware, and Quake 4 support, in the News Forum.