Next-Gen 3D Audio Built-In
3D audio built into the custom AMD chip with Cerny saying you'll hear 3D audio through your current headphones or speaker set up, but there will be a new world for high-end audiophiles to enjoy with the PlayStation 5 and this new 3D audio technology.
PlayStation architect Mark Cerny briefly touched on the custom 3D audio chip that AMD has made for the PS5, where he said that the next-gen console will support 3D audio that will "make you feel more immersed in the game as sounds come at you from above, from behind, and from the side". Cerny didn't get into the nitty gritty of how it'll all work, but he did say it will not require "any external hardware" and that it's built-into the APU going inside of the PS5.
3D audio can be super-immersive with the right equipment, as I personally own a high-end pair of headphones and Sound Blaster ZxR sound card and in games that support Dolby Atmos (where a stereo audio device is required) the 3D audio you get from that is amazing. In games like Overwatch that have support for Dolby Atmos, the positional audio is really something revolutionary. I can not just hear but feel the rockets and bullets whizzing past me, or over my head.
I see the 3D audio inside of the PS5 offering something similar, but PS5 game library wide. Cerny said that he was aware of the "frustration that audio did not change too much between PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. With the next console the dream is to show how dramatically different the audio experience can be when we apply significant amounts of hardware horsepower to it".
So get excited for the audio experience on the next-gen PlayStation 5, not just the graphics side of things.
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