Part of AMD’s announcement of new Radeon graphic cards yesterday included an audio technology that is supposedly a huge step above current APIs like DirectSound and EAX. However it’s hard to get an idea of what to expect from a crappy livestream.
If you want to know what to expect from TrueAudio, check out this demo of AstoundSound in action. This effectively gives you 3D audio with stereo speakers or headphones (works best with headphones). This is a pre-rendered demo – the effects will be in real time when used with a product using AMD TrueAudio.
Note that you’ll want to disable any 3D audio effects you may have running, like CMSS or Razer Audio. Also, make sure the video is set to 480p or above.
I have to say, I was pretty impressed by the demo – I really thought there was an airplane flying above my house, and an indian dance going on behind my monitor!
This will be available on “Hawaii” based graphics cards, such as the R9 290X and R7 260X. The other new cards weren’t said to have this feature, which leads me to believe they are based on current architecture.
At the very least, this gives AMD something unique that will be a treat for players to enjoy, much like how Nvidia can offer PhysX on their cards. It doesn’t exactly change the game you’re playing, but it makes it a bit more fun.