This can also vary from game to game. You just see the elaborate sound design Overwatch, no each trace of the steps and the voice conveys crucial information to the player. Or how Hellblade: Sacrifice of Sense uses binaural audio recording techniques to reproduce the effects of psychosisThe voices in the head of the mind seem to be whispering above you. Adding filters that fit the game’s sound mix – at least without the influence of game developers – could very well undermine the intent of the game’s design.
That’s why, after testing headphones and experimenting with different games, I generally don’t recommend a virtual environment feature built into gaming headphones. If you’re still interested in technology, here are some buying tips while you filter out noise.
First, remember that the virtual environment is an improvement, and do not make or break the feature, so give it priority. There are many other things that go into good gaming headphones, such as convenience, reliable wireless connection, and overall sound quality (for standard stereo signals). All of these are key to having a good experience, and it doesn’t make sense to risk having a “nice” add-on like the virtual environment.
Then consider software solutions that are not related to specific headphones. Some games, for example Overwatch and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, have free environmental features in the settings, which are often better than with headphones. Even if the game doesn’t have a “virtual environment” option, it allows you to choose between speakers and headphones, which can make a difference in how audio is presented.
In addition, Xbox and PC users can try out the built-in Windows Sonic surround feature, which is free and works with any game. You can download it Dolby Access application for Dolby Atmos headphones and Without tying the DTS sound For the DTS headset: X, two other virtual algorithms in the environment that work with spatial audio throughout the Windows system. They work with any game, but some games are protected for position data that will provide more accurate results. In my tests, Dolby and DTS listen much better than your “7.1” gaming headphones. DTS also has some configuration options to tailor its algorithm to your preferences and the specific set of headphones you’re using, whether it’s a pair of traditional headphones or earbuds. Dolby and DTS cost $ 15 and $ 20, respectively, but you can buy them before you buy a free trial.
If you’re playing on the PS5, you can’t use Dolby or DTS, but Sony has its own 3D audio system so you can set it up in Sound settings.
That’s not to say avoid Integrated headphones with virtual headphones. It’s a standard feature on mid-range and high-end headphones, and many of them are worth the money for other merits. I love myself HyperX Cloud Flight S for convenience, ease of use, and wireless charging; I leave the environment function turned off for the most part (although I occasionally play with Dolby Atmos). And on my computer, I play a lot wired headphones since I don’t need a wireless connection, and they offer better sound quality than the gaming headphones out there.
Of course, your ears are unlike mine, not your favorite hardware reviewers, so no one will tell you what you think is best. It depends on your ear’s connection to that specific HRTF algorithm and how the sound of a particular game interacts with it. I would consider not paying extra for the extra USB surround of the headset or just paying for the headphones because has the characteristic. Beforehand, pick the headphones that best suit your needs. If they have a virtual environment feature, try it quietly, but also compare it with software-based options, along with the standard two-channel mix. That way, when you finally decide what to use, you’ll be sure it’s really an improvement, and not a confusing echo promoted by marketing.
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