With the postponed PlayStation 5 event now set for later this week on Thursday 11th June at 9PM UK time, Sony are getting back on track with their plans for their next-gen console reveal. They also have a key piece of advice: wear headphones.
In the updated post on the PlayStation Blog, Senior Director, SIE Content Communications Sid Shuman suggested that there will be some “cool audio work” during the show that will be better appreciated when wearing headphones than watching (listening?) with a phone or laptop’s speakers.
This is sure to be a part of Sony’s push for enhancing audio with the PlayStation 5’s Tempest Engine. This is Sony’s homegrown alternative to Dolby Atmos, able to calculate many, many more sound sources, how they will interact with the environment, and ultimately how those sounds will then interact with your ears. The PlayStation 5 will have a set of HRTF profiles at launch, letting it output sound that is tuned to a range of different ear shapes for more realistic sounding positional audio.
The Tempest Engine is also designed to be more universal than other solutions, able to work with not just headsets, but also soundbars, PSVR, surround sound and just regular TV speakers. However on day one it will work best with headphones, and also when trying to demonstrate its effects in a live stream.
Sony also noted that the quality settings of the stream will be lower than ideal. The show is pre-taped at 1080p and 30 frames per second. Shuman states that “This eased the show’s production process during a time when many of our team and developers are working from home.” However, that’s for the live broadcast and he responded to comments to say that “the majority of trailers will be in 4K on YouTube after the show.”
Source: EU PS Blog