PS5 Virtual Sound Will Not Support TV Speakers at Launch

Sony announced that the PS5 can output virtual surround sound through the speakers of a conventional TV. But this feature will only be made available after the new console has been launched.

In a current blog entry, Sony is focusing on the special sound that owners of Pulse 3D wireless headsets and other compatible headphones will be able to enjoy from November. This should sound much more intense thanks to the Tempest 3D AudioTech of the PS5.

The company promises an improved design with its own headset, two microphones with noise cancellation and a range of easily accessible controls. “Headphone audio is the current gold standard for 3D Audio on PS5,” said Sony.

According to Sony, 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

Thanks to the PS5, you can also experience 3D audio with the headphones that you already have: “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.”

Virtual surround sound should also be made possible through the speakers of your TV. According to Sony, however, this feature will only be made available after the launch of the PS5.

“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,” Sony commented on the official PlayStation Blog.

The PS5 will be released on November 12, 2020 in two versions – including the standard console and the digital edition without a disk drive, and the prices are $499 and $399, respectively.