There’s no doubt that the video game industry is one of the most profitable in the world. There are titles out there that have made more money than blockbuster movies, and this is not a trend that looks like it will be stopping any time soon. And one of the biggest proponents of those games, is the online multiplayer that comes along with it. Being able to yell at someone hundreds, if not sometimes thousands of miles away from you is great. But, what if it could be better?
That’s exactly what Dolby asked themselves, and fortunately for the rest of us, they came up with an answer. At this year’s Game Developer’s Conference (GDC), they announced the release of their latest audio technology, codenamed Axon. It is specifically designed to implement realistic voice communication. But it also adds surround panning and distance attenuation. Basically, the experience that Dolby Axon will provide will make your video game experience so much better, it will seem almost life-like.
The technology is already available on some PC games, but Dolby wants to let video game developers know that the technology is ready for their console-based games. The Axon technology is similar to that of Creative’s new World of Warcraft headset, that’s set to ship in the UK within a couple of weeks. Basically, users are able to experience THX surround sound, and also change their voice as if to sound like a character in the game. The technology is meant to make the experience clearer, more crisp, and accurate. The new technology will decrease lag as well, so no more yelling at a friend just to watch him die because of lag.