'Virtual TV speaker surround sound' won't be ready in November
3D audio isn't my primary concern on PlayStation 5, but a post on the PlayStation Blog today reminded me of Sony's push for more immersive audio, and there's an important note that deserves to be addressed.
As Sony Interactive Entertainment's Isabelle Tomatis explains, "You'll be able to experience [PS5's Tempest 3D AudioTech] with the headphones that many of you already own, either through a USB connection to the [PlayStation 5], or by plugging your headphones into the 3,5mm headphone jack on the DualSense wireless controller. "In other words, you habit need to buy the new Pulse 3D headset.
Beyond headphone support, Sony is “working on virtual surround sound through speakers built into TVs.” This feature won't be ready in time for the November 12 launch, but "engineers are hard at work bringing it to PS5 in the future" and they're "extremely excited."
But what does it look like? In September, several game developers talked about 3D AudioTech, and overall they cited better “situational awareness” as one of the top benefits.
"It's almost like 3D AudioTech was made specifically for horror games," Resident Evil's Jun Takeuchi said. “Previously, to get this spatial audio, gamers had to invest a lot of their time and money. Now just put on headphones, they can get full 3D audio experience.
“Audio is a key feature to really push the next-gen experience. »
Experience Tempest 3D AudioTech on PS5 with compatible headsets at launch, TV virtual surround sound after launch [PlayStation Blog]