You may already be familiar with the DTS sound options in Windows 10. On some PCs and desktops that I have recently used, DTS Headphone: X is an option alongside Windows Spatial Sound and Dolby Atmos for headphones. Now, DTS has launched its 3D audio application for games globally, dubbed Unbound DTS sound.
DTS Sound Unbound is a proposition very similar to Dolby Access (which includes Dolby Atmos for headphones) in that it indicates that the codec can “Take immersive gaming to the next level with ultra-realistic 3D sound that delivers clear, rich and dynamic audio for the most engaging gaming experiences.” DTS goes so far as to say that its 3D audio positioning can give you a “competitive advantage” in games because it helps you identify audible movements in the game landscape as you can hear the sound emanating from above, around, near, far and behind.
The new codec was developed in collaboration with Microsoft and will soon be available on Xbox One consoles. A database of over 500 tuned headsets (not supported on 44.1 kHz headsets – issue being resolved) is included in the software for the best experience. However, initially DTS Headphone: X for Microsoft Spatial Sound only offered enhanced sound in the following 11 titles (but it would be a growing library of games):
- Gears 5
- Borders 3
- Call of Duty Modern Warfare
- Forza Horizon 4
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- Origins of Assassin’s Creed
- For honor
- Final Fantasy XV
- Resident Evil 2
- Exodus metro
- Division 2
The above list is very similar to the one supported by Dolby Atmos.
DTS Sound Unbound isn’t just for gamers. In addition to the games listed above, DTS says its solution (combining DTS Headphone: X and DTS: X) can help deliver greater immersion in cinematic experiences.
If you want to try DTS Sound Unbound, you can try it out for free. Get it through the Windows Store and if it works nicely enough with your speakers, headphones, and software, you can purchase the $ 19.99 package through the app. DTS: X alone costs $ 9.99. Rival Dolby Atmos for Headphones is priced at $ 14.99 with similar test facilities in its app.