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Creative Soud Blaster X-FI Supported in Quake 4
Date: Tuesday November 08, 2005
Category: 3DNow!
Manufacturer Link: Creative
Id Software’s Long-Awaited Sequel Joins DOOM 3 and Other Top Games to Offer Outstanding Audio Through Support for EAX ADVANCED HD 5.0 and X-RAM Featured on Sound Blaster X-Fi Sound Card.


Creative, the creator of Sound Blaster®, the worldwide standard for PC audio, today announced that it has teamed with id Software to provide outstanding Xtreme Fidelity audio performance with Sound Blaster X-Fi™ sound card support in id Software’s recently released QUAKE 4™ PC game. QUAKE 4 is the latest of this year’s top PC games to support Sound Blaster X-Fi, and joins the ranks of DOOM 3® from id Software, and Battlefield 2 from Electronic Arts to support this industry-leading audio platform.

“QUAKE 4 offers the most intense and visceral game experiences available on the PC, and our powerful audio effects, delivered through Sound Blaster X-Fi hardware, enhance every moment of the gameplay,” said Todd Hollenshead, CEO of id Software. “Audio is a key component in drawing gamers into the war between the Earth and Strogg, and players armed with the latest Sound Blaster X-Fi enabled hardware will hear the battle rage as if they are actually there.”

“Sound Blaster X-Fi not only introduces the brand new, highly powerful Xtreme Fidelity audio platform, but also X-RAM—the first significant amount of on-board memory solely dedicated to audio processing,” said George Thorn, director of developer relations for Creative. “X-RAM takes on all the work of decompressing game audio and readying it for playback, freeing up the PC's CPU for other tasks, resulting in games that play at lightning speed. We’re pleased to partner with id to implement this technology in QUAKE 4, and look forward to working with other top game developers to optimize game audio for Sound Blaster X-Fi in the future.”

Creative worked with id Software and Raven Software during the development of QUAKE 4 to ensure that the game takes full advantage of X-RAM, along with the newest version of Creative’s EAX® (Environmental Audio Effects) technology, EAX ADVANCED HD™ 5.0. EAX 5.0 adds unprecedented levels of audio realism in-game by supporting up to 128 simultaneous voices, along with creating more faithful audio positioning and distance.

New features of EAX 5.0 include:

· PurePath – Developers are now able to send individual sounds through specific speaker channels, such as voice narration to the center channel or explosions to the subwoofer. This delivers an experience far more akin to a feature film DVD.
· FlexiFX – Developers can now utilize up to four fully flexible audio effects, such as reverb, on every individual sound.
· MacroFX – Developers are now able to faithfully recreate close-up sounds, such as a whisper or a laser blast zipping past the player’s ear, as easily as they can simulate far away sounds such as explosions.
· Environment Occlusion – Previous versions of EAX supported occlusion, which recreated the effect of sound passing through a solid object. Environment Occlusion improves the realism of the effect, by allowing reverb to be muffled due to occluding objects, providing the best simulation of real-world audio possible.

The Sound Blaster X-Fi family of sound cards is now available at and at major retail outlets. QUAKE 4 is now available wherever PC video games are sold.

For more information about the Sound Blaster X-Fi family of sound cards and EAX, visit For more information about QUAKE 4, visit or

Creative (NASDAQ: CREAF) is a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products for PC users. Famous for its Sound Blaster® sound cards and for launching the multimedia revolution, Creative is now driving digital entertainment on the PC platform with products like its highly acclaimed Zen™ and MuVo® portable audio players. Creative's innovative hardware, proprietary technology, applications and services leverage the Internet, enabling consumers to experience high-quality digital entertainment -- anytime, anywhere.

Freud's primal part of the human psyche and one of the hottest game shops on Earth – has been rocking the gaming world from Mesquite, Texas since 1991. As a renowned leader in the industry, id Software forged such frenetic titles as Wolfenstein 3D®, the DOOM® series, the QUAKE® series, and Return to Castle Wolfenstein®. With intense graphics and mind-blowing action, id’s games have helped redefine the modern video game, continually setting industry standards for technology and gameplay. And, in keeping with tradition, id Software has amplified the world of adrenaline pumping 3-D gaming with the release of their latest action titles, DOOM 3® and QUAKE 4™. id Software’s advanced DOOM 3 engine is leading the next revolution in 3-D interactive games. Check out more about id Software at

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