ps5 3d audio


PS5 3D audio is a proprietary object-based system that creates virtual objects around the user in 3D. Sony is finally catching up with the industry standards by bringing upgraded audio capabilities to its console.

Rather than using already available audio options from brands like Dolby, Sony created its competing audio system from scratch. But what is truly being missed is the lack of compatibility with DTS-X and Dolby Atmos.

ps5 audio

The PS5 3D audio technology mainly works by creating artificial objects in the virtual space that helps reflect sound virtually and ensures that the audio is where it should be, considering the position of the player. According to Sony, it provides advanced “presence and locality.”

All this jargon simply means that the player will experience more immersive sound. Since all this is done internally by the console, it eliminates the need for an external sound solution. The 3D audio is also compatible with TV speakers, dedicated 5.1 or 7.1 sound systems, and even with headphones.

PS5 3D audio compatible Headphones

Sony Pulse 3D

A headphone has to be great when it is specifically built for harnessing the full potential of Sony’s 3D audio system. This reason makes it the top choice for this console. The overall design of the headphone is sleek and minimalist.

There is no protruding boom mic, which adds to its classiness. This headphone completely utilizes the 3D audio functionalities, which means that the player will feel as if he is part of the game. 

The audio is also quite clear, and virtual object reflection means that no enemy can lurk without being noticed. This will give the player an edge over the competition.

Finally, we all know that Sony has been in the business of making some industry-leading headphones for quite some time, which makes it a must-buy, especially for gaming enthusiasts. The $99 price tag also justifies the experience that this headphone offers.

How To Test PS5 3D Audio

If you want to test the PS5 3D audio, then some digging in the setting menu is required. To get to the 3D audio profiles, follow the steps below-

  • First, head over to the settings menu of the console
  • Second, look for the sound menu under settings and click on that
  • Third, inside the sound menu, choose audio output and then Output device.
  • Finally, If you have enabled your headphones, you should see an option called Enable 3D Audio, toggle the switch to enable 3D audio.
ps5 3d audio

PS5 3D Audio Profile

To get to the PS5 audio profiles, head over to settings, then go to sound>under the sound, select audio out> select the output device,. There you will find Adjust 3D audio profiles. Under it, you will find pre-loaded presets that offer various audio experiences to choose from.

PS5 3D Audio vs. Dolby Atmos

PS5 3D audio is a proprietary 3D sound system developed by Sony in-house and is still quite new. At this moment, it only comes with PS5 and doesn’t have a wide base. The technology is different in the sense that it creates virtual objects to reflect audio in such a way that the audio gets reflected directly at the user.

This makes the experience immersive and realistic. It allows the user to hear all the bits and nuances crisply and clearly. Dolby Atmos is similar to 3D audio in the sense that the sound moves around you in 3D with the ability to produce 128 iterations of sound.

Under Dolby Atmos, it feels as if the sound is moving all around you in your head, which makes the overall experience quite realistic. Dolby Atmos also has industry-wide acceptability and is compatible with a wide range of devices.

PS5 3D audio settings

  • If you want to tweak the audio settings of your PS5, just go into settings, then into sound and select output devices under audio output, and select an audio device to use.
  • If you want to switch output devices automatically, toggle the option to switch output devices automatically.
  • Under output to headphones, selecting all audio allows for in-game audio effects whereas, chat audio will allow you to hear only chat voices and the other music will come from the output device selected.
  • Toggle Home Screen Music for audio playback in the background
  • Sidetone Volume lets you tweak the loudness of your voice over the headphones.
  • The audio format set the audio output format that the games will be using
  • You can also switch channels, tweak speaker positions and audio effects

List Of PS5 Games With 3D Audio

Sony still hasn’t released any list containing the list of games that will be supporting the 3D audio. But in a blog post, they did confirm 3D audio support for the below titles. As this concept is still quite new, it will depend on the game developers how they want to utilize it.

  • 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

3D sound vs surround sound

In surround sound, for the audio to come from all directions, you need to put speakers in those areas. This is the most commonly used method that people use for surround sound. By placing the speakers all around you, you have a more immersive experience, especially while watching movies.

3D sound, on the other hand, is programmed not only to deliver sound from front and back but also from top and bottom. It is a bit ahead of normal surround. In simple terms, the 3D sound is creating sound as we hear it naturally. This sound comes from all the directions in such a way that you can distinguish between the distance, pitch, loudness, etc.

That's all about PS5 3D audio. I hope this article gave you some insight about the topic. 


Hello, Myself is Antonio. I’m a full-time blogger, Interested in accessories like the camera and other tech accessories. In my meantime, I enjoy writing about it. On my self-testing, I shared many reviews on the tools and gadgets I used. My blog helps you to get your ideal products or accessories at the best quality.

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