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DTS:X Object-Based Sound Coming Soon to Xbox

Object-based sound is finally coming to the new generation of Xbox consoles. Microsoft and DTS have been collaborating to bring a new sound experience to Xbox and Windows. The new DTS Sound Unbound app will also provide a headset audio setting that enables DTS:X object-based sound for headphones. The long-awaited sound feature is now finally set to be trialed and released on Xbox One. 

Unfortunately, for now, only players who are lucky enough to be part of the Alpha test ring will be able to try it out. For those of you who are part of this option, you can play normally online on a private server or hosting with a cheap vps. You will be given the taster option of a 24hr free trial. Those taking part in the trial will need to fill out a survey with some feedback.

The new sound effects are especially great to try out on all your favorite games with spatial sound support. Media apps will also be able to benefit from this app in the future. If you would like to know more details about this exciting new feature, you can find out more information online about the upcoming DTS:X Sound Unbound app. There are many ways it will enhance your gaming experience.

What are the benefits?

This new option will allow gamers to enjoy a better sound experience through their headphones. Object-based sound is intended to give the gamer a sense of 3D space in which you can experience specific locational effects, from where objects are placed. This is more immersive than the standard multi-speaker experience. Object-based media allows the mixer to specify different audio mixes for different types of environments.

How to set up DTS:X Sound For Headphones

If you’re fortunate enough to be entitled to the Alpha free trial, these are the steps that you need to follow to test DTS:X Sound for headphones on an Xbox One. 

  1. On your Xbox One, first, you need to launch the Xbox Insider Hub.
  2. Go to Insider Content and select “DTS Sound Unbound” and then click “join”.
  3. Here you need to select “Show in store” and there you can install the DTS Sound Unbound Install app.
  4. Launch DTS Sound Unbound and make sure you accept the EULA and Privacy Policy.
  5. Follow the prompts to then buy and enable the DTS Headphone X add-on.
  6. Now that you’re set up, you can have a go at any DTS Sound Unbound quests and you’ll be asked to fill out a survey.

You’ll only be able to find a working version of the Xbox version of the app through the Xbox Insider Hub. As one of the “insiders”, you’ll get the first look at the app without a license. When it’s been through the testing process and finally released to all Xbox users, it will likely require you to purchase a license to use it. DTS:X object-based spatial surround sound is also coming soon to Windows 10, so watch this space.

Written by Dorothy Jones