Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection is the best example of PS5 3D audio yet

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The Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves collection is a timely reminder of how great Nate and Chloe’s adventures were all those years ago. However, the upgraded collection is also the perfect showcase of how the PS5’s unique features can drastically impact the overall experience. And boy, do they make a difference.

Both games now include a 60fps “performance” mode and a 120fps “performance plus” mode (a first for a PlayStation Studios game) that completely transform the look of each game. satisfactory from the DualSense controller, very fast load times and the ability to import your PS4 save file so you can rewatch all the trophies you’ve previously earned.

But it was the more low-key PS5 upgrade that had the most significant impact on my gameplay. impression of discovering them for the first time.

A real treasure

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If you’re new to Sony’s proprietary spatial audio technology – called Tempest 3D audio – it’s a sophisticated type of virtual surround sound that cleverly tricks your ears into thinking the audio is coming from all around you.

PlayStation 5 3D audio, similar to Dolby Atmos and DTS Headphone:X, can also add pitch cues. This means that a helicopter no longer sounds like it is hovering a few hundred meters away from you, but can instead sound like it is flying directly above your head.

This is a dramatic improvement over the PS4’s 3D audio, which could only play around 50 unique sound sources at a time, compared to the hundreds of sound sources that the PS5’s 3D audio can reproduce – and with superior quality to boot.

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection is the perfect source material for the 3D audio to shine, as it involves countless lines of dialogue that can often come from all directions, lots of verticality during combat, and impressive backdrops. However, I didn’t expect it to sound like this one day real.

Binaural Adventures

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As you scale the face of a cliff, hundreds of meters above the ground, you can distinctly hear the sea pounding violently below you. Move through the lush flora of India’s Western Ghats and insects will buzz in your ears, making you almost instinctively hunt them. Fire a gun and you’ll hear the shots echo across a canyon.

But it’s not just the firefights and death-defying moments in games that benefit from 3D audio. It can also be surprisingly subtle. For example, the auction scene in Uncharted 4 looks noticeably different from what I remember. The auctioneer’s voice echoes through the marble halls, making it sound like you’re standing directly alongside Nate, Sully, and Sam as the auction begins.

Stealth sections of games, which tend to be the weakest parts of any Uncharted game, are also much easier to navigate, as 3D audio helps you determine where an enemy is before accidentally exposing your location. . You can also better understand where treasure is hidden in Uncharted: A Lost Legacy if you have the Queen’s Ruby bracelet, which buzzes when a collectible is nearby.

And then there is the dubbing. It was already sublime, but it’s now crystal clear in the PS5 versions and no longer garbled or drowned out by other noises, despite the bustle of on-screen action. I often found myself hooked on every word, even though I had heard it before.

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Audio is often woefully underrated in video games, and I can’t wait to see more titles invest in Sony’s Tempest 3D audio technology as the generation unfolds. Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection isn’t the first PS5 game to take advantage of 3D audio, of course – Resident Evil Village, Returnal and Demon’s Souls all sound great – but it’s easily one of the best implementations around. of technology I’ve heard yet. Nate and Chloe are a real treat for the eyes and ears.

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