Experience PS5’s Tempest 3D AudioTech with compatible headsets at launch, TV Virtual Surround Sound coming after launch

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Experience PS5’s Tempest 3D AudioTech with compatible headsets at launch, TV Virtual Surround Sound coming after launch

Experience 3D audio in games like Demon's Souls, Resident Evil Village, Gran Turismo 7, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and more.

The launch of PlayStation 5 is less than two months away, and we couldn’t be more excited to deliver an all-new and even more immersive gaming experience to our fans. We’ve talked in the past about how the DualSense wireless controller will make games feel more real, but today we wanted to focus on how the PS5’s Tempest 3D AudioTech will change the way games sound and how you can hear it for yourself.

The upcoming Pulse 3D wireless headset has been engineered to take full advantage of PS5’s 3D Audio capabilities (check out a new image above). With a refined design, dual noise-cancelling microphones, and an array of easy-access controls, the Pulse 3D wireless headset offers a seamless experience for both the PS5 and PS4. We think it offers a fantastic audio experience for the PS5, but it isn’t the only way that fans can experience the increased presence and locality that we discussed in our last technical update. 

On the PS5, you’ll be able to experience 3D Audio with the headphones that many of you already own, either through USB connection to the console, or by plugging your headphones into the DualSense wireless controller’s 3.5mm headset jack. 

Headphone audio is the current gold standard for 3D Audio on PS5, as Mark Cerny mentioned in his “Road to PS5” talk in March. We’re also in the process of working on virtual surround sound through speakers that are built into TVs. Although TV speaker virtual surround sound won’t be available on launch day for PS5, it’s still a feature we are extremely excited about, and our engineers are hard at work on bringing it to PS5 in the future. 

In the meantime, I’m happy to say that you’ll be able to enjoy the PS5’s Tempest 3D AudioTech through your compatible headphones in many PS5 games. Some of the PS5 games with 3D Audio features include Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered, Astro’s Playroom, Gran Turismo 7, Returnal, Destruction AllStars, Demon’s Souls, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Sackboy: A Big Adventure, Horizon Forbidden West, Resident Evil Village, and many others.

In case you missed it, check out what some PS5 developers had to say about how Tempest 3D AudioTech is enabling them to push the boundaries of game innovation

We hope you’re just as excited as we are to hear game worlds come to life with Tempest 3D AudioTech on PS5 when it launches this November.

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  • The lack of any launch games (a PS4 DLC, a PS3 “remaster” and a generic grind slasher), and now the lack of the one feature that made the PS5 look interesting makes the PS5 seem not ready…

    I guess waiting until next year or more might be the best idea…

  • I would really like to know:
    What will the Tempest engine do for soundbar and discrete sound systems before the full virtualization of 3Daudio is implemented?
    If DolbyVision and DolbyAtmos will be supported, al least for BluRay movie playback.
    Which HDR format will games use?
    If PS5 games have to be installed on the SSD so they can take full advantage of it, will physical copies transfer all data to the SSD and act only as a license key using virtually the same amount of SSD storage space?
    Will games be able to output at 4K RGB 10Bit natively?

  • There is NO need to buy this headset !!!!Psvr have the same 3d audio chip thing (which is amazing) and I got great audio with a 5 euro simple headphones…..so! :-p

  • What happens to 7.1 setups with upfiring front presence speakers on Day 1? Cerny said no Atmos, not enough objects. So on Day 1, is there no support for 7.1 channels, or is it the default support (meaning you pick the channels you have in the PS5, it allocates object based sound to the speakers you have)? Asking for a friebd.

    • Right and they support atmos/dts for blu-ray…like every other sony blu ray….and streaming services..or do I need to buy a current gen sony bluray to put it next to my “next-gen” bluray, so that I can use my 5.1.4. will they eventually have support for this? I have so many damn questions. Do they support Dolby vision on blu-ray/streaming and later to games. I know it’s not announced but dolby vision is the future. Will they try to sell us tempest AVRs and soundbars in a few years? All when we could just buy an Xbox? Lol. I wish xbox had the dualsense…I thought I might get an Xbox for some games. Looks like until ps5 figures itself out ..the ps5 will be the one I only play sometimes. They are so arrogant. We all just bought TVs with all these features it apparently might not even be able to use because it struggles with ray tracing at 30fps. The Xbox has zero games and a basic controller but everything else we want. I’m sony through and through, all I want is a next gen experience, not a cherry-picked apple vs android b/s especially when their new “apple”-type propietery audio solution doesn’t do anything for anyone who hates headphones. WTF!! WE WANT MASSIVE SOUND. SOME PEOPLE HAVE $200,000 HOME THEATRES (I heard)

  • Do we have a rough timescale for implementation on normal speakers? Have to admit this was one of the more interesting sounding Innovations, so it’s a bit disappointing that it’s not properly going to be implemented at launch…

  • Ok so how is this compatible with my A/V receiver and surround sound? Will PS5 support atmos? DTS?

    Can we just get the basic specs and support? We keep getting PR marketing crap will Microsoft has been very transparent what the Xbox will and won’t do.

  • Should have happen to PS5 when everyone was buying out. Sony buyers are the worse than other buyers of Microsoft and Nintendo.

  • Can I pair two headsets so that I can share the audio with friend/family members while playing together?

  • What is considered a compatible headphone? Wondering if some of my existing headphones will work for it.

  • Unreal, I actually visited this site for the first time in hopes of getting some clarification on how Tempest audio would work with my 5.1.2 home theater only to read comments of so many ppl in my situation. I have a Sony tv, Sony Avr, and Sony speakers and they won’t be supported at launch. Lil info please??

    • Yeah Sony doesn’t seem to realize that not all gamers use headphones. I would prefer to use my Denon AVR! To be left out at launch with no 3D audio support (not eve atmos or dts x to fall back on) is just disappointing!…

  • Some of the games? Wtf isn’t that the whole point in having 3d tempest on board processing it should do ALL games? Not some.

    • It’s not like Sony can force other devs to implement it.
      I’m sure most new big games will support it though

  • What about lossy codecs (legacy DD and DTS), will the ps5 at least support those like the ps4 or you gonna pull a nintendo to save a few bucks and not pay royalties ? I wanna buy a ps5 so bad because of Demon’s Souls but this will actually make me get a series x now and ps5 way down the line.

  • Will ps5 headset connect to ps4 controller

  • Five weeks from launch… I hope PlayStation has some grand month long plan leading right up to launch to divulge all the information people have been asking for including getting the console into western hands for previews, especially people like Digital Foundry so we can start to get a feel for how powerful this machine is.

    Also whilst I’m here… $70 does not equal £70 or €80 – you are, quite literally, charging us $20-25 more even after tax has been factored in.

  • I feared it since since the first reports about Tempest 3D and now it is official: PS5 is incompatible with any decent AVR on the market as it will not support Atmos or DTS-X encoding so by no means it will drive the height speakers at least – I would even suspect that it will not support 5.1/7.1 PCM output. It will fob off consumers with another “virtual surround” technology and it is not the first one that will turn out to be nothing but a gimmick. Nothing compares to a real surround speaker setup.

    Owners of decent home cinema setups are left out with PS5. Not only because of inferior 3D sound but also because it is only available in white – another bummer for home cinema lovers with residual light optimized rooms.

    After owning a PS3 and a PS4 I have to say that this time XBox Series X is a better fit for me. Will probably return once

    a) Tempest provides conversion to Atmos/DTSX
    b) pure black console and controller
    c) VR 2

    Looking forward to my XSX now ;-)

    • if all your comments are true, then why does it have Dolby logo on the bottom of it?

    • Where did you confirm this? How do you know they don’t support atmos/dts for their blu-ray like every single other sony blu ray? Also for streaming? I’m genuinely asking, because I hate headphones, and have spent a ton on a home theatre. Sony did announce it would be capable no matter what speakers we had, eventually. Didn’t they?

    • CBlan1224, the early pics of the console that leaked had DTS and Dolby logos on the bottom of the unit. Sadly, in this new teardown video, the logos are not visible. I am like you, i will not use headphones because i have a nice theatre setup. I’m a bit surprised Sony has not made any announcement about these capabilities, as if they don’t care.

    • @SCoopat where is the Dolby logo? on the bottom of what? As far as I can tell, they didn’t license Dolby anything because they decided to reinvent the wheel…its going to be interesting to see how the PS5 deals with Bluray movies that support Dolby Atmos or DTS:X…

  • Dies anyone know what size the actual speakers of the Pulse are? Usually it 40 or 50mm

  • I’ve got turtle beaches, are they going to be compatible?

  • Ok, i am very worried now, on the new teardown video, i do not see DTS or Dolby logo on the bottom of the unit but it was there in some of the leaked photos.

  • Good thing we all just went out and spent thousands of dollars on 3D audio home theatres, for no reason. Are you going to have support for home theatres or expect us to buy a special sony receiver and special sony speakers next year

    (Not to mention tvs with 4k-120, hdmi 2.1, vrr&allm when it can barely even hit 30fps in 4k hdr with 1080p ray tracing, no mention of dolby vision for gaming/streaming or atmos/dts for blu-ray/streaming. You can’t really expect us to play at 30fps in hdr10, that’s not next gen. That’s not even current gen. Don’t make us switch back and forth between apple tvs just to stream something with atmos. This system better have everything I just mentioned within 18 months…because the other one definitely will. Although they lack your games, and innovation, their system smashes this one to pieces, so you better give us the best overall experience, and start talking about how you’re going to make that happen, before we all switch)

  • So I’ve tried looking but can’t see an answer.
    I’ve got the ps platinum headset which would be better? I know they will work but will the quality be better on the new or the old. Going by price point it will feel like a down grade.

  • I’m a bit worried and confused now… When they say you can use the 3.5mm headphone jack or a USB dongle for your headset, they don’t mention Bluetooth… Is this going to be another generation of PlayStation where I don’t even get to use my SONY brand headphones with the SONY brand PS5? Kinda makes me sad tbh…

  • So will it work with my existing Home Theatre? Will it decode properly for 7.1 surround (I know it wont be Dolby Atmos, but will this be comparable on a proper sound system)? Too much is vague regarding this feature…not everyone uses a headset to listen to our games.

    • Mark Cerny said AVR’s will be the very last to get support sadly. I’m not a fan of headphones. I’m hoping third party games will at least have dolby atmos in the audio settings as a secondary option.

  • Looks like everyone who prefers a full home cinema experience via an AVR will be the very last to get support added. :(

  • So my Beats X wireless earbuds cant get 3d audio because it’s not being plugged into the Dual Sense or via usb? Can’t I just pair them to the console via bluetooth?

  • Will the disc drive play DVDs & CDs or just Blu ray & UHD Blu ray?
    My guess is CDs & DVDs aren’t supported.

  • I’ve been trying to preorder a pair of these but am not having any luck! I’m glad I’ll be able to use my Platinum headset but I really want to get my hands on this new set.

  • I’m hoping that the Bose 700s and many other “high-end” consumer headsets are compatible.

  • Shall platinum wireless headphones compatible with PS5 or not?
    Can we get same 3d Audio experience in platinum wireless headphones as well for PS5 games?

  • Will the New steel series arctis 7s for ps5 support the 3D audio? or do i need the Playstation headset?

  • I would also really like to know about surround sound setups will it have 3D audio. I have a 5.1.4 setup and it would be awesome if that’s supported. I like that I have it for my headset as well but most of the time I’m playing a single player game I’m on my surround sound.

  • Will you guys have more on launch day?

  • true 3d audio is different from simulated audio, and most headsets nowadays use simulations. It looks like they went all in with the hardware this time. i’ll have to see for myself I ordered the pulse.

  • I have multiple Playstation Headphones and from what I’ve noticed is the earmuffs tend to start flaking from little wear and tear, may I suggest leather or fabric.

  • I’m excited to check this out. Even though the 3D audio isn’t compatible yet with TV speakers, I wonder if there are advantages or upgraded surround for 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound systems.

  • These headphones look great BUT will I be able to use my over the ear Beat Studios via Bluetooth for sound and as a mic? And If not how is it that we are in 2020 and Sony is still making us use a USB dongle or a cable to connect to the controller to use Bluetooth headphones?

  • Hi, someone can confirm if the Astro A50 with base, are compatible with tempest engine /3d audio?

  • This seems to be the one obvious problem child Sony hasn’t addressed. What’s going on with a proper surround sound and receiver support. And no, a headset will never beat that…

  • I don’t use headset and got my ps4 connected through my q90r Dolby atmos soundbar.

    It’s not even funny that you guys don’t even support atmos. It’s the reason for me to cancel my pre order and refuse to buy one.

  • Sony went back to ps3 area where they became way too xocky after ps2.

    Such a shame.

  • So, I’m an audiophile. I have awesome headphones and some are hard to drive. How much power will the remote push out? Same as the ds4 or more considering the push for audio? Any guesses?

  • Are you adding bluetooth support for non-pulse headphones? Will my new Sony Wh1000xm4 work with the ps5?
    I thought you’d at least have support for other Sony products.
    If not, will the headphones’ mic work while plugging the 3.5mm jack given in the box of the xm4s?

  • Not sure the expense of the UHD Blu-Ray player element is worth the extra on the PS5, as it doesn’t appear to support the Film industry audio established standards for UHD Blu-Ray Movies.
    Looking at photos on the side on the New PS5 posted online, looks like it supports DTS-HD – Not DTS-X. There is a Dolby symbol, not very clear, however the fact their PS5 brief to push their own NEW Tempest 3D, sound likes it doesn’t support Dolby Digital Atmos. Looks like the NEW PS5, won’t support Sony own Studios UHD Blu-Ray movies audio format – that have DTS-X audio, it will only play it at DTS-HD = no height channels. The PS5 will play UDH 4K movies but not with object based sound, such as Dolby Atmos or DTS-X (Sony studio supported audio format, such as UDH Blu-Ray, Bad Boys for Life). This appears to make the NEW PS5, not compatible with any (including Sony?) high end Soundbars or AVS systems set up for height audio channels. So I currently see (before release) the NEW PS5 as no object height channel audio games console / UHD Blu-Ray player, unless you use headphones. Obviously have to wait and see, before ordering.

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