Creative is probably better known for its X-Fi MP3 players than its sound cards these days, but at least some work is being done to change that. Presumably set to rival such offerings as the ASUS Xonar U1 USB Audio Station, the Sound Blaster X-Fi Go packs a bunch of Creative's soundcard-making known-how into a small, portable USB device.
The feature set, as boasted by Creative, stacks up as follows:
- Plug into any USB port and play
- Installation software and other essential files stored on the device. No need to carry an installation CD or additional USB storage
- Handy USB stick format fits onto keyring/lanyard for maximum portability
- Built-in award-winning X-Fi technology comes with incredible 360 degree X-Fi Headphone Surround for an enhanced audio experience with games, music and movies
- EAX Advanced HD 4.0 and Open AL for maximum audio realism in games
Built-in VoiceFX technology allows users to morph their voices into other personas during online games, or when chatting over the internet
- Creative ALchemy software restores surround sound for legacy games under Windows Vista
- Bonus software available for free download:
- Creative Karaoke Player with LRC format support, allows users to sing along with their favourite songs using Pitch Shifter function and Reverb effect
- Creative WaveStudio provides convenient and easy audio editing, special effects and audio clean-up functions for recorded music files, lectures and podcasts
The Sound Blaster X-Fi Go carries an MSRP of some €49.99 (~£40), which is pretty reasonable, especially with the added benefit of being usable on more than one PC. Hopefully a full UK release isn't too far away.