The Arctis 3 supports multi channel audio content.
Since the Arctis 3 is an analog only headset, we implemented 7.1 surround support at the software level through SteelSeries Engine 3 (for Windows 7+).
When you turn on 7.1 Surround in SteelSeries Engine 3, the audio driver will do a handshake with your game to let it know that it's a 7.1 channel capable audio device.
If your game supports multichannel audio, it will now send true 5.1 or 7.1 channel audio to our audio driver.*
The audio driver will then receive the multichannel audio and apply an algorithm to best represent 7.1 discrete sources of sound in a two channel, headset experience.
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*Note: some games will automatically begin sending multichannel out. Others will require you to go into audio output settings in the options where you can select two channel, 5.1, etc.).