The C64’s SID chip was way ahead of its time, capable of 8-bit 48Khz sample playing - on a machine from 1981, with 64K ram, and 1Mhz CPU
Some PCs gained comparable sound output capability about a decade or so later with the appearance of the original SoundBlaster; it wasn’t until 1996 or so before this became standard with PCs.
 The hardware was always capable; the way to get it was only discovered in the last decade by Mahoney, see the examples and comments in https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=16696246 ; Still, at every point in time until about 2000 or so, only Amigas produced better sounds among personal computers.
Gravis Ultrasound was released in 1992. It was probably best known in the demo scene, but got some game support too.
If you need to change the defaults, hit F12 to get the emulator menu.