PS5's 3D Audio Will Work With Your Current Headphones At Launch
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PS5's 3D Audio Will Work With Your Current Headphones At Launch

Lloyd Coombes
7 October 2020

"Raindrops keep fallin' on my head..."

The PlayStation 5's 3D audio capabilities will be available for players at launch, including with existing headphones.

While Sony has touted its Pulse 3D Wireless Headset, players will be able to connect their USB headphones through the console, or via 3.5mm headphone jack on the Dualsense.

PlayStation 5 Will Offer 3D Audio Through Your Own Headset At Launch

According to a new PlayStation Blog post, the Pulse 3D Wireless headset was “engineered to take advantage of PS5’s 3D Audio capabilities”.

The post also notes that Sony is "in the process of working on virtual surround sound through speakers that are built into TVs", although that functionality won't be here at launch.

Your existing headset will need to be compatible with the PS5, so be sure to check your manufacturer's page for confirmation. 

There are also a wealth of games that will support the 3D audio offered by the PS5's "Tempest Engine".

Check out the full list below:

  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered
  • Astro’s Playroom
  • Gran Turismo 7
  • Returnal
  • Destruction AllStars
  • Demon’s Souls
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Sackboy: A Big Adventure
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Resident Evil Village

Wondering what all the fuss is about? 3D Audio essentially allows games to immerse you further within them by making sound more directional.

Imagine hearing footsteps to your right, or a door opening directly behind you.

It was previously reported that players will be able to hear individual raindrops falling and landing on different surfaces.

Looking to grab a console for launch? Be sure to check out our rundown of some of the PS5's launch title file sizes.

We've got all the information on Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon's Souls.

We also know that Godfall will require an always-online connection, despite not being a "games as a service" title.

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