Auro 3D sound comes to PlayStation VR
Sparc ups the immersion factor
Auro Technologies, has announced that its Auro-3D Immersive Sound format will be available natively in Sparc for PlayStation VR, a full-body virtual sport game developed by CCP Games.
CCP Games launched Sparc on August 29, 2017, as an original sport where players’ VR hardware serves as their equipment, enabling them to express and improve their skills through physical actions. From an audio perspective, Auro-3D attempts to bring Sparc to life by creating an immersive sound experience through speakers and headphones – allowing players to actually feel like they are part of the gaming environment by capturing the sense of sound originating from both above and all around the player.
“In Sparc, identifying the location, speed, and heading of multiple projectiles in virtual space is absolutely critical,” said Morgan Godat, Sparc’s executive producer at CCP Games. “Auro-3D gelled well with our workflow and enabled the kind of 3D spatialized audio that Sparc needs, allowing players to hear the world all around them so they know exactly where the action is happening.”
The entire premise of virtual reality in gaming is to present a digital alternate reality; however, without true-to-life audio to match the 360-degree visuals, players will not be able to fully buy into the illusion, say Auro. Auro-3D translates real-time audio mix from Wwise, the most advanced, feature-rich interactive audio solution for games, into an audio experience that, they claim, is closer to the way humans actually receive and interpret audio in the real world. The Auro-3D concept achieves this by capturing the sense of sound originating from both above and around the listener.
“Sparc, with its high-energy gameplay and fast moving objects, is ideal for the ultimate experience of immersive audio in Auro-3D,” said Iwan De Kuijper, Director Creative Entertainment at Auro Technologies. “It showcases the strength of our product through its incorporation into the Wwise (by Audiokinetic) pipeline for video games and VR productions, whilst giving the players a truly captivating audible emotional experience.”
For more details about Sparc, see www.playSparc.com
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