PS5 3D audio: what is it? How do you get it?

Game-changing 3D audio?

Sony has officially unveiled its next-gen PS5 console – complete with game-changing 3D audio that promises unprecedented levels of sonic immersion. But what exactly is PS5 3D audio? How can you get it, and why is it a breakthrough?

The Sony PS5 is clearly an incredibly powerful games console, but the way it handles audio is arguably just as impressive as the way it handles graphics. This is all down to the PS5’s proprietary 3D audio engine, called Tempest, which delivers vivid, object-based 3D sound in games.

Rather than use a 3D audio technology such as Dolby Atmos, Sony has chosen to develop its own proprietary 3D audio format for the PS5, just as it created the 360 Reality Audio format that it used for music.

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