he is exploring more things regarding sound. so more to come.
keep an eye out on this as this type of sound would be very very cool to have in a game/SIM like LFS.
i am thinking this sound immersion could be used for ambient sounds around tracks to make the whole LFS experience alot more immersive. could be used for engines and so forth aswell. but i think the sorround sound would be perfect for having forexample city ambient sounds in south city, and it would perhaps be possible to have crowds shouting while passing spectator stands and a beach sound while driving by the beach in fernbay etc... i think its worth to consider atleast. hope you will check it out. wiz
Honestly something like Dolby Atmos doesn't make sense if you're building a game. With headphones you can already perfectly emulate surround sound with sounds that are emitted from the location they are in the 3d world, with the appropriate simulation of the doppler(?) effect this should produce realistic audio. Most game engines (and I think LFS does) support audio emissions as part of the game world. You can go further and add the game world to interact with the audio (creating echos in tunnels, etc).
if LFS devs was interested in valve.. why is LFS then not on valve/steam ?
if you read what i wrote again. what Matt darey is exploring is infact the possibllity to use atmos for more systems. and several sorround systems. with the use of one sound system. i dont think valve can do that as good as you say. you also only adress 4.1 sound and headphones. im talking about atleast 5.1 up to 9.2 or more spanding over several possible sorround systems people may have at home. giving more option for immersive sounds for more people without they have to spend a ton of money on buying new systems.actually 4.1 sound is quadrophonic sound with a woofer. not sorround! and it makes perfect sense to use for games. Matt Darey is one of the leading people in these types of sounds. im pretty sure he knows what it is about and as he also say it would be very very useful for gaming. i rather believe a sound Proffesional than what you say tbh. he is not done with exploring possibillities. hence i wrote keep an eye out for more to come. i have followed him for more than 2 decades and have seen what he can do with only stereo sound . he certainly knows what hes doing. so there.
You should read what is being written on this forum.
The Steam(/Valve) thing is discussed numerous times already. Besides, game companies tend to move away from these platforms and create their own shop/launcher. Recent example, Rockstar. Why make the middle man rich while its not needed. LFS only needs a good paying provider.
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