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Playstation 3 has no surround sound on some games I play.

Got a playstation 3 set up for HD gaming Perfectly fine, with HDMI to HDTV and digital optical to Dolby digital Surround Sound. All works on playstation, have surround sound on everything and a couple of Ps3 games. My Problem is that certain games like Killzone 2, Red Faction Guerrilla and Starwars TFU have no Surround sound once game is started. Can you help solve my problem? I am not the only person that has this problem with killzone 2.

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  • cmridley Jun 22, 2009

    Panasonic SC-PT460 DVD Home Theatre Sound System, is that what you mean?

  • cmridley Jun 22, 2009

    Surround sound only works up to the point killzone 2 or starwars TFU starts loading. Whereas on Red Faction it works up to the point I load my saved game.



    Limited controls on my sound system, can't change to DTS or 2 channel, might be automatic unless it has a different name in which it doesn't work tried every button. tried bitstream on ps3 didn't work. PCM mix didn't either. What is DRC? Only have off/movie/music modes on dolby Digital button. It supports everything on the box.



    Is it possible that the games just don't support my sound system once they load past a certain stage?









  • cmridley Jun 22, 2009

    Thanks for manual. Read it, found the menu and all the settings on sound system, tried all outcomes but no difference. It works fine on the playstation just not on certain games. Got to be a problem with the games themselves because certain games work like LittleBigPlanet and resident Evil 5.



    Surely I wouldn't get any surround sound whatsoever on Playstation main menu if it was the settings?

  • cmridley Jun 22, 2009

    Updated system and played with Ps3 settings, still no good. Got to be a software problem with the games.

  • cmridley Jun 22, 2009

    Got a playstation 3 set up for HD gaming Perfectly fine, with HDMI to HDTV and digital optical to Dolby digital Surround Sound. All works on playstation, have surround sound on everything and a couple of Ps3 games. My Problem is that certain games like Killzone 2, Red Faction Guerrilla and Starwars TFU have no Surround sound once game is started. Can you help solve my problem? I am not the only person that has this problem with killzone 2.

    Panasonic SC-PT460 DVD Home Theatre Sound System. Surround sound only works up to the point killzone 2 or starwars TFU starts loading. Whereas on Red Faction it works up to the point I load my saved game.

    Limited controls on my sound system, can't change DTS or 2 channel, might be automatic,tried every button. Tried bitstream and pcm on both ps3 and Sound system didn't work.It supports everything on the box.

    Is it possible that the games just don't support my sound system once they load past a certain stage?

    Read manual found the menu and all the settings on sound system, tried all outcomes but no difference. It works fine on the playstation just not on certain games. Got to be a problem with the games themselves because certain games work like LittleBigPlanet and resident Evil 5.

    Surely I wouldn't get any surround sound whatsoever on Playstation main menu if it was the settings?

    Updated system and played with Ps3 settings, still no good. Got to be a software problem with the games.

  • cmridley Jun 23, 2009

    Read all of the links, played around witgh settings again but no change. It works fine on littlebigplanet and resident evil 5, no idea why it doesn't on killzone 2, red faction guerrilla or force unleashed. makes no sense, tried all suggestions. Out of ideas myself.

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Hi,

Point to be noted :- All ps3 games support surround sound.

Let me make sure you already have the right settings :-

From the PS3 main menu:

1. Settings->Sound Settings->Audio Output Settings
2. Change it from HDMI to Digital Out (Optical). I do NOT have optical hooked up on my PS3, so if you have it hooked up, you may want to unhook it.. probably shouldn't matter.
3. I left what was defaulted: "Linear PCM 2 Ch. 44.1 kHz" and 48kHz
4. Right on the D pad (X selects/unselects options) to move to the next screen.
5. A confirmation page, hit X to Enter, saving the changes.
6. Start up a game, you shouldn't hear any sound (as expected)
7. Exit the game, then go back to Audio Output Settings and switch back to HDMI. I selected "Automatic" for "method for setting the output format."
8. A confirmation page, hit X to Enter, saving the changes.
9. Start up a game, you should now hear audio with your game (once again).

REGARDING FEW GAMES, YES THERE IS AN ISSUE. This is due to Compatibilty factor.

Do you have your PS3 set to output audio in Bitstream, or Linear PCM?

I believe you must have "PCM". Go for "BITSTREAM", you would be able to listen to the sound on the above mentioned games.

The difference is like this.... Linear PCM, the PS3 will do the decoding, and send the audio already processed to the receiver. Then the receiver will just take that, and send it out to the speakers. Bitstream will send the audio UNTOUCHED to the receiver, allowing the receiver to do the decoding. Theoretically, there shouldn't be any sound quality difference between the two. However, the reason that one or the other should be used has a lot to do with the problem you are experiencing. Some receivers don't do well with a Linear PCM signal sent to them, some do.

The only difference is whether you have the PS3 do the decoding (PCM) or receiver (bitstream). There is no extra compression with bitstream, trust me. And no, optical will do 5.1 just fine. HDMI will do up to 7.1, so you are right on that mark. Like I said, it may just be a problem with your receiver not wanting to accept a PCM signal for some reason.

Hope i helped you.

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What is the brand and model of the receiver? your sound system?

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  • Ekse Jun 22, 2009

    Basically, if you swap to 2 channel mode the sound will work? if you go back to surround sound it stops working?

    basically a problem with the format the audio is coming in as.

    I looked over the receiver and it should work with the game. On(quick setup) audio menu of the receiver, turn it on DTS, try bitstream if that doesn't work try the pcm.

    also try the other settings, dolby digital (thats what its probably set to now) and mpeg.

    It should work with your equipment.


  • Ekse Jun 22, 2009

    user manual available here:
    http://safemanuals.com/user-guide-instru...

    You will need a pdf reader to open the file, if you don't have one or you can't open the document get one from here: http://get.adobe.com/reader/


  • Ekse Jun 22, 2009

    your sound system has all the features the console and the game would need.

    Seems like a settings problem, have a look into the user manual type in the search DTS untill you find the audio menu I was talking about.


  • Ekse Jun 22, 2009

    try updating the console to the latest available software:
    http://www.us.playstation.com/Support/Sy...

    also check the sound format / settings on your ps3 and try out the different possible settings.


  • Ekse Jun 22, 2009

    Then I'm out of ideas.

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