Just gonna toss out some questions and speculation here, interest what it what you guys think as well.
Now that AMD is pushing out TrueAudio it sounds like we may again have hardware accelerated audio on our computers.
Lets call the following list a survey of our various speculation and opinions, I think it would be nice if we all put in our thoughts on each item and if you think of some others to add to the list that would be good too!
1. Does this end the need for dedicated sound cards?
2. How will we connect our external DACs, do AMD video cards start coming with optical out?
3. Will foobar support this standard ?
4. Will TrueAudio just be a TrueFlop?
5. Will nVidia play along or will they release a counter, separate standard thereby fracturing the market and in the end once again kill hardware accelerated audio on the PC.
1. No, I believe we will find ourselves in a situation where we may need both atleast in the short term as many things will not support TrueAudio in the beginning and for a few years
2. I hope they come with optical out, however, I either expect either AMD will route the audio to existing outputs or to include a 3.5mm jack on the cards.
3. I believe yes, someone will write an extension.
4. I hope not, but I think only a handful of titles (and maybe a foobar extension) will truly make proper use of the tech, so in essence yes it will die out =(.
5. I cant see them standing by and allowing this to happen unless AMD licenses it to them for free or a negligible fee. Would they make their own alternative...I sure as hell hope not and cant really see why they would unless AMD refuses to license to them or asks for way too much money to do so. I would much prefer them to simply leave out any support rather than going down the route of creating their own standard.