Windows 10 introduced support for DTS: X and more immersive audio for movies and games, while bringing quality surround sound to stereo headphones, although everything is in the background. test.

This feature is provided by the DTS Sound Unbound application that brings DTS: X and DTS Headphone: X support to your PC (and possibly Xbox as well). These new DTS: X technologies work in conjunction with Microsoft's Spatial Sound framework in Windows 10.

A few points should be noted here: the free offer only allows for a simple test, and the app is still running, plus it will need to be a Windows 10 tester.

Currently available to anyone with a version of Windows Insider. Use the Windows Insider audience for a final confirmation before GA. Jul 13, 2019

Specifically, you must be running at least version 18898 (released in May) or higher, which is a preview of the major Windows 10 update destined to land in the first half of 2020.

Once the app is installed, you can enjoy DTS: X playback on your PC and DTS: X headphones can turn any old stereo headset into an immersive surround sound experience. And theoretically this could be put to very practical use in determining where sounds are coming from - above or behind you, for example, which can be vital information in a shooter.

All the helmets don't seem to be working right now, but as we've already mentioned, this isn't surprising as testing is in progress. Ultimately, all wired and wireless headphones should be compatible.

Public launch

In response to a review from the Microsoft Store, DTS Inc. said that a public launch would take place later this year and that it was working closely with Microsoft to ensure that the system was fully perfected prior to launch.

The company said: "We are currently testing that everything works as part of an internal publication, before going to the general public to make sure that when they can access it, we really provide a credible is for games."

Another point to note is that the app currently only supports 48,000Hz 16-bit sample rate, but the developer strives to allow 39; users to access (better) different rates in the future.

Of course, there are already options for Spatial Sound in Windows 10, including Windows Sonic and Dolby Atmos. The obvious hope is that DTS Sound Unbound will outperform these alternative virtual surround solutions, or at least offer another option to explore.

Note that undoubtedly with at least some games where the audio engine has been the subject of a lot of work, it might be better to use the sound of the game in terms of placing the audio rather than a third-party virtual surround case. More options is always better ...

Via recent Windows