The audio of a video game, or movie for that matter, is often overlooked, but it is one of the most important elements in making the experience immersive and enjoyable.
For a long time, Stereo sound, and Surround sound systems have been the go-to audio delivery methods, but now 3D Audio is making some waves as well. The idea is to deliver the sound in more than just a horizontal plane, which means it’s easier for the listener to pinpoint the direction of the sound, which can be quite handy in video games. This is something Sony has been doing with its PS VR systems, and now they plan to bring this feature to all their users.
Fortunately Sony will be releasing its new Platinum Wireless Headset for PS4 on 12 January next year according to Sony’s US Blog:
[quote] The headset showcases enhanced, highly positional 7.1 virtual surround sound powered by PlayStation’s proprietary 3D audio technology. Hidden noise-cancelling microphones provide crisp, clear communication without the need for a boom mic. The headset combines superior construction and design offering style, durability, and maximum comfort – especially for long gaming sessions. Platinum is compatible with PlayStation VR and mobile devices using the included 3.5mm audio cable. [/quote]
Games that will be supporting 3D Audio is MLB The Show 17, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and Days Gone, while Uncharted 4 will be getting a patch that supports the technology. Many more are also to come. Check Naughty Dog’s take on 3D Audio.
The headset will retail at $160, which translates to around R2 500 (excluding duties and importing and such), so its going to be expensive. We have no word yet on when or if this will be available in South Africa.