Games That Make Use of 3D Audio?

1 : Anonymous2021/04/07 11:21 ID: mlzuxd

I bought a Pulse headset a couple days ago and I want to experience something cool, I’ve never used a headset before.

2 : Anonymous2021/04/07 13:30 ID: gtopeir

Try the Resident Evil 8 Maiden demo. It is truly unsettling with the spooky sounds.

3 : Anonymous2021/04/07 16:21 ID: gtpc4kj

Definitely NOT AC:Valhalla. Probably the worst audio in a game I can really remember.

ID: gtpeygh

It's surprisingly bad. I cannot understand how it went out in that condition in the eve of 2021.

ID: gtprlnn

First thing I noticed was how hollow sounding and bass heavy the audio was! It was truly terrible and only became bearable 50 hours in.

First impression of the game, the audio almost made me quit.

ID: gtq0i50

It's SO BAD. I booted it up last night and it sounded like I had been dropped into the middle of a festival, which I eventually discovered was just a few people a block and a half away.

Footsteps/hoofbeats in particular are so inconsistent, and even pausing the game will sometimes make them drop out entirely (this has actually been a problem I've noticed with all of the modern open world AC games).

4 : Anonymous2021/04/07 11:26 ID: gtocokj

I believe demons Souls does. About the pulse headphones, are you liking them? Thinking about getting a pair.

ID: gtom5od

I really liked them except for one big reason. They are really uncomfortable with glasses. If you wear glasses I would definitely not pick them up, I sold mine for that reason. Otherwise I liked them.

ID: gtooh7v

Plus it feels like you need baby ears to fit comfortably. I hate the feeling of the material on top of the speakers pressing into my ears.

ID: gtq059h

I have the opposite experience with my glasses. These are incredibly comfortable, I forget I’m wearing them

ID: gtp9b3x

Haha couldn’t agree anymore, I have to take them off every hour or so or else if feel like my frames are digging into my brain

ID: gtovx8x

I gotta disagree here, I wear pretty chunky frames and this headset is really comfortable. I felt like it was designed to accommodate spec wearers.

ID: gtod4m9

Its actually the first game i tested it on! Played through the fourth archstone with the flying stingrays and it was super cool. I’m liking the headset a lot so far its a lot more comfortable to wear than I thought!

ID: gtoi9pa

That's good to hear. Was worried about the inability to adjust it.

ID: gtopkj8

I like them a lot, especially for how many controls are on them. I hate having to juggle a TV remote and a controller. I was surprised how good they are for watching movies as well, especially if you don't have a great sound system.

ID: gtoxlvv

They're incredible. Amazing sound quality for the price + a comfortable fit, sits nicely on the head. I have an above average head size (tall guy) and it fits perfect. Go get it

ID: gtppmoa

Definitely not incredible. They are okay. Not as good as I had hoped, but not in any way amazing.

I got mine a week or so before launch, and have been using them since. I decided that the trade offs of having them sync perfectly with the ps5 was worth the kind of shitty sound...I also have a full surround system, so when I care about sound quality I use that.

ID: gtphv8b

Mine constantly cut out for brief moments and it’s incredibly annoying. I just plug them into my controller now which is pretty stupid that I have to do for a wireless headset. I think there’s a problem with the wireless dongle. I don’t know if the signal is being blocked because it’s behind my tv or what but it annoys the shit out of me.

ID: gtq6nk5

That's weird because my PS5 is kinda far and the dongle is plugged at the back of the console, maybe there is a problem with yours

ID: gtq2drn

I have pulse and Arctis 7p.

Pulse bother me cuz I have to click the mic button on the headset rather than the controller.

Arctis 7p are a lot more comfortable and adjustable.

Although the Pulse seem to handle low frequencies better than Arctis in my experience.

ID: gtq8y60

I tested a pulse and have an arctis 7. The arctis has been better by far but the pulse was no means bad.

5 : Anonymous2021/04/07 12:18 ID: gtohde2

Just because it seems to be a common misunderstanding: you do not need the Pulse headset to experience 3D audio. Any headset plugged into the controller will get it.

ID: gtouk02

This is correct.

ID: gtp1hl0

Wireless also, plugged in is not required.

Edit: I should clarify, it needs to be wireless from the PS5 and using an officially supported dongle will work. It can’t be wireless via your TV’s interface.

ID: gtr1f0b

Might be a dumb question but is a headset needed for 3D audio? Is it not a (TV) speaker thing?

ID: gtozk5s

Wait plugged in? No 3D over Bluetooth?

6 : Anonymous2021/04/07 11:42 ID: gtoe0tu

I must admit, I have been underwhelmed with 3d audio so far. Hopefully it will improve as more ps5 exclusives appear

ID: gtpjmg9

Play hellblade. 3d audio is 10/10

ID: gtovmwi

I’ve used my Sony XM4’s and it just sounds similar to Atmos to me, nothing really special

ID: gtp9lyt

I'm still convinced it's just surround sound but marketed really brilliantly

ID: gtpqgwa

It’s different.

Surround sound traditionally means you have a bunch of physically separate speakers surrounding you. You can only hear sounds from where the speakers are placed (e.g. back/right) or by panning between two (halfway between back/right and front/right). The actual sound files themselves are not modified in any way, they just play at different volumes out of each speaker. There are some gaming headphones that use this tech, and physically have a bunch of different speakers inside each side of the headphones. That isn’t how Tempest for PS5 works.

In games, you can get a “good enough” effect even just with headphones on and using regular stereo audio. This is because you have the added cue of the visual. If you are looking forward and you hear footsteps dead center (but don’t see anyone), your brain will assume they’re coming from behind you. Couple this with the fact that you can turn your character left/right and hear the sound move left/right to get a more pinpoint understanding of where the sound is coming from. You do this naturally IRL, if it’s not immediately clear where a sound is coming from, you turn your head a tiny bit and then you can zero in. Although IRL, something else clues you in, which brings me to Spatial.

IRL, you’re pretty good at knowing where a sound comes from EVEN WITH NO VISUAL CLUE. Bc sounds change when they pass through and around things. Just like your voice sounds muffled if you talk with your hand over your mouth, sounds that come from behind you sound v.slightly different than sounds from in front bc they pass ove

your head and ears. Combine that slightly different filtering with the slight delay between a sound hitting your left ear vs right ear first, and your brain can pinpoint pretty accurately. Spatial audio works in this way. It filters the sounds themselves in the way that your head/ears etc. naturally do when a sound is coming from different directions. This works with normal headphones because IRL you only have two ears, with two eardrums, and it is the filtering (EQ) and timing (delay of left vs right) that gives our brain location info.

PS5’s Tempest is “just” a suped up spatial audio engine, which has dedicated hardware in your console. This means it can process a LOT of sound elements at the same time, adding the spatial filtering to them, without draining resources from the games visual component.

Tl;dr Tempest is different from regular “surround sound,” it’s more “spatial audio” and any normal headphones will be great—Pulse do absolutely nothing different from regular headphones when it comes to PS5 3D audio.

ID: gtpeo14

I can’t tell a difference between the audio on my PS5 through my headset and my Xbox using Windows Sonic. Maybe there’s a difference from the PS4 to the PS5? But I think it’s marketing

7 : Anonymous2021/04/07 19:32 ID: gtq2wnj

Ghost of Tsushima has 3D audio, they added in with the 60fps patch.

I was REALLY able to notice when you riding on the horse and you can hear the heads flying above you.

8 : Anonymous2021/04/07 11:24 ID: gtochy6

I know that DICE puts alot of effort into the sound effects in Battlefield.

9 : Anonymous2021/04/07 11:28 ID: gtoctsg

Ghosts of Tsushima and Demons Souls are both great. TLoU 2 is excellent! The environmental sounds like water dripping sound amazing and every source has a unique sound that you can really hear all around you.

ID: gtodak4

Oh man TLOU2 might actually be sick... but I’m hopeful there’ll be a PS5 patch so I’ll wait for that before replaying it

ID: gtoie5p

I am waiting for a next gen update to push me to finish the game

ID: gtoltoi

There’s been rumours going round of a full PS5 version which will be way better than a patch 🙂

The full PS5 version will have next gen features like activity cards to jump straight in, better use of the SSD, DualSense haptics and triggers and maybe even ray tracing - probably ray traced shadows though and not reflections - and will also be 60fps!

ID: gtot95b

Agree with all of the above, but especially Demons Souls. I have a very good headset and no game has ever had such impressive sound design in my opinion. I have never enjoyed having firebombs thrown at me so much!

10 : Anonymous2021/04/07 13:41 ID: gtoqrmm

Star wars battlefront 2 Ewok Hunt mode is a real test of your hearing. Any cracking a twig signals impending doom so good headphones really help.

ID: gtqdiof

Oh god that gamemode is fun, shame there are not that many maps though

11 : Anonymous2021/04/07 18:50 ID: gtpwyus

People seem to forget that the Tempest 3D Audiotech is supposed to be a "multi-year, step-by-step" implementation. We cannot expect launch games to blow us away with 3D audio, even the upcoming Resident Evil Village. When Sony starts to implement more HRTFs and speaker formats, we will start to see Cerny's vision being realized, and that will take years.

12 : Anonymous2021/04/07 12:24 ID: gtoi1ml

I'm pretty sure Resident Evil 2 and Assassins Creed Origins

13 : Anonymous2021/04/07 12:50 ID: gtokr7v

Ghost of Tsushima,the Last of Us 1+2, Crash 4, Tony Hawk, Cold War, Demon’s souls, Spider-Mans, Oddworld, Destruction All Stars, Days Gone, Horizon.

14 : Anonymous2021/04/07 13:49 ID: gtoroqv

Hitman III uses it very impressively, you can walk through crowds of people and their conversations surround you. Rest of the game is awesome too.

15 : Anonymous2021/04/07 16:23 ID: gtpccie

Demon Souls for sure, one of the best examples is shooting a Soul Arrow spell. It gives off a echo that really makes the surround sound shine.

16 : Anonymous2021/04/07 14:49 ID: gtozenm

Battlefield V is amazing with it's 3d sound. Made me finally get into it.

17 : Anonymous2021/04/07 11:23 ID: gtocegc

Days Gone. Amazing game as well.

18 : Anonymous2021/04/07 11:26 ID: gtocmit

Probably COD

ID: gtorvch

Can confirm that 3D audio really helps me out in black ops Cold War. You can pretty much pin point where people are on the map just off the audio cues

19 : Anonymous2021/04/07 12:41 ID: gtojt7h

about every 3D game for the last decade.
wether its good or not depend on the quality of the implementation / time given to work on the audio

Hellblade: Senua's sacrifice has incredible audio on any hardware headset or speaker setup for instance

21 : Anonymous2021/04/07 16:19 ID: gtpbsba

I hope that the 3D audio TV implementation for us SPDIF users comes soon

22 : Anonymous2021/04/07 12:33 ID: gtoiyj7


23 : Anonymous2021/04/07 14:29 ID: gtowv6a

If you can afford it- Audeze Penrose.

24 : Anonymous2021/04/07 14:05 ID: gtotta0

Second this. I work at Gamestop and always recommend the 7P over the Pulse anyday.

25 : Anonymous2021/04/07 14:44 ID: gtoyspp

Arctis 7's are terrible as well

26 : Anonymous2021/04/07 11:48 ID: gtoekmr

Hunt Showdown. The entire game revolves around audio cues in the environment. The best FPS ever made IMO. But be warned, the learning curve is super steep, you will get your ass handed to you for the first while until you get a true understanding of the game. Toughest shooter out there but definitely the most rewarding.

27 : Anonymous2021/04/07 13:34 ID: gtopvfm

Not sure if nioh 2 does but it seems like it. Hearing deep pulsating heart beats from cores and when near death is pretty cool.

28 : Anonymous2021/04/07 18:55 ID: gtpxmga

It’s only really happened to me on Cold War, but only when I’m playing with friends and in a party with them on PS. It’s weird but just a minor inconvenience

29 : Anonymous2021/04/07 22:22 ID: gtqpka5

While we're kinda on the subject, has Playstation said anything about 3d audio support for TVs and surround sound setups?

Shortly before launch it was announced that only headset 3d audio would be ready out of the box and otherwise it seems like it has been swept under the rug.

30 : Anonymous2021/04/07 23:09 ID: gtqv9m1

Cod with the turtle beaches is incredible.

31 : Anonymous2021/04/07 23:52 ID: gtr095j


32 : Anonymous2021/04/08 00:08 ID: gtr22lx

Rainbow Six uses them well.

33 : Anonymous2021/04/07 14:16 ID: gtov3jg

I think that most AAA games take advantage of this technology. But one that really stood out for me what RDR2. The amount of work on the sound is just crazy in this game.

As for recent games, Ghost of Tsushima is pretty brillant too. It just sounds great.

34 : Anonymous2021/04/07 19:52 ID: gtq5rb5

I've been playing Metal Gear Solid V with the HUD off and only relying on my surroundings, and using sounds when infiltrating different locations. Definitely makes it a tad more intense.


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