- Aug 31, 2009
The two I have heard myself that work decently are Creative's CMSS-3D and Razer's solution which can work on top of anything else.
So i listen/watch JackFrags all the time on Youtube. Guys a beast and always has the best videos. I'd go with his word, just updating this thread randomly.
Long story short, footsteps in this current build are jacked up and not consistent. He said leave it on "Home Theater" preset. Also, if your in a house/structure on Warzone, break all the windows and leave a door or two open. Footsteps are much more audible.
Hope that helps, heres the video for reference.
Nice info, but I believe this has nothing to do with the surround discussion. Volume of footstep is an issue, their localization in space is another one.
You may want to trying messing with a software EQ to elevate treble/mids if you have a bass heavy headphone. Also make sure doors are open and windows are broken in game if you are indoors. This methodology can be applied using DSPs as well where you can create an EQ profile specifically for enhancing these noises. Some sound cards have features like this out of the box, but if you are interested in buying some gear check out Mini DSP. It can do a number of cool things related to making these sound better and saving profiles for different use cases.
Dolby Atmos for headphones might bring a better 3D experience though, if the game supports it. Windows has a paid plugin for Atmos which IIRC includes Atmos for headphones. Not 100% sure though.
...that's it. Anything other than stereo for headphones is emulating a surround setup then downmixing to stereo as opposed to just mixing to stereo, which is what headphones are.
- Set the game audio to use headphones
- Use decent headphones
Creative's sound cards work well for this if you like, but there are other better options available too depending on your needs. I will say that the new X3 looks very nice overall.