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Xbox Series X will have dedicated audio hardware for spatial sound

The Xbox Series X reportedly features dedicated audio hardware for immersive headphone experiences (Image source: Microsoft)
The Xbox Series X reportedly features dedicated audio hardware for immersive headphone experiences (Image source: Microsoft)
Microsoft is reportedly deploying dedicated audio processing hardware in the Xbox Series X to enable immersive, next-generation spatial audio experiences.

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.

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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2020-02-19 (Update: 2020-02-19)
Arjun Krishna Lal
Arjun Krishna Lal - News Editor
I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.