Xbox Series X will have dedicated audio hardware for spatial sound
Faster SSD storage and a generational leap in CPU power aren't the only things up the Xbox Series X's sleeves. It has now been confirmed that the console will also feature dedicated audio hardware acceleration. This has the potential to enable immersive spatial sound experiences and enhance audio output quality.
Dedicated audio acceleration was confirmed in a description for Microsoft's GDC 2020 presentation. The schedule for the event mentioned that Robert Ridihalgh, a Senior Technical Audio Specialist, will be in attendance.
The audio acceleration feature is a collaboration between Microsoft, Dolby, and other partners, with the aim to enable an enhanced, immersive sound experience over headphones. Microsoft is not alone in bringing about major improvements to console sound quality.
Sony earlier indicated that the PS5 would feature 3D audio. All in all, it appears as if the ninth-gen is set to deliver a generational improvement, not just to visuals, but to in-game audio as well.