Google Adds Support For Spatial Audio To The Cardboard SDK

By 12:04 Fri, 30 Jul 2021 Comments

Google's Cardboard design is pretty much the cheapest way for anyone to acquire into the whole VR thing. You just buy one of the very cheap Cardboard options (or create your own, or acquire one for free), you add a phone, and that's it - you're now ready to experience VR.

To create things even better, the search giant is now adding support for spatial audio to the Cardboard SDK. This means developers can now create immersive audio experiences in their VR apps. What's more, for end-users this will work with any pair of headphones, no special gear needed.

According to Google, "the SDK combines the physiology of a listener’s head with the positions of virtual sound sources to determine what users hear. For example: sounds that come from the correct will reach a user’s left ear with a slight delay, and with fewer high frequency elements (which are normally dampened by the skull)." Furthermore, the developers can specify the size and material of any virtual environment, which contribute to the quality of a sound. Depending on where you as an end-user seem to be in VR, things will sound different.

The fine news is that spatial audio shouldn't tax your phone's Central Processing Units (CPU) too much, and the SDK allows developers to control the fidelity of each sound - allocating more resources to critical things, and de-emphasizing others. Hopefully this feature will create it to apps very soon.




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