Blizzard’s upcoming MMO shooter Overwatch just got better! It will be the first to offer Dolby’s latest Atmos surround sound technology in headphones. Senior sound designer Scott Lawlor and software engineer Tomas Neumann made the announcement during the Game Developers Conference. Both seemed excited about how the new technology will let players “Play by sound.”
Gamers who actively play first-person shooters, such as Counter Strike Global Offensive and Battlefield 4, know exactly how important sound is in the game — as footsteps and gunshots often give up the enemy’s location. Imagine sounds so enhanced that you could even figure out which character’s footsteps you hear. Well, Dolby Laboratories just made the idea a reality with its Atmos Surround Sound.
According to Blizzard’s representatives, playing Overwatch with Atmos will let you pinpoint the exact location of your enemies. They also said: “When you play the game with [Atmos] on, you can pinpoint the Pharah flying over your head, or the sniper up on the ledge.”
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