It’s time for virtual sound


A Rift controller is coming soon, and other things Oculus told us at CES

Oculus didn’t have big news this CES, and there are plenty of unanswered questions about its virtual reality headsets. How are we going to interact with it? Are people actually buying Gear VR, the mobile headset it released in partnership with Samsung? When will we finally see a consumer edition of the Oculus Rift, instead of the development kits that are shipping now? After seeing the company’s latest prototype today, we asked all these questions of Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe. Here are the most important things we heard. The Rift’s motion-tracking technology now applies to sound. “If you think about 5.1 surround sound, that’s just like a plane, a single plane that you get to hear sounds around you. And actually, it’s pretty hard to get sounds in front of you with headphones. So instead of a two-dimensional plane, we’ve added HRTF audio — 3D surround sound audio — which gives you sound below and above. ….[READ]


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