Auro Technologies’ Immersive Sound Format Debuts in VR Gaming with CCP Games’ Launch of Sparc for PlayStationVR
Auro-3D Enhances Player Experience, Offers the Sensation of “Being There”
Mol, Belgium – August 29, 2017 – Auro Technologies, a Belgium-based immersive audio technology company, today announced that its Auro-3D® Immersive Sound format will be available natively in Sparc™ for PlayStation®VR, a unique full-body virtual sport game developed by CCP Games.
CCP Games launched Sparc on August 29, 2017, as an original sport where players’ VR hardware serves as their equipment, enabling them to express and improve their skills through physical actions. From an audio perspective, Auro-3D brings Sparc to life by creating an immersive sound experience through speakers and headphones – allowing players to actually feel like they are part of the gaming environment by capturing the sense of sound originating from both above and all around the player.
“In Sparc, identifying the location, speed, and heading of multiple projectiles in virtual space is absolutely critical,” said Morgan Godat, Sparc’s executive producer at CCP Games. “Auro-3D gelled well with our workflow and enabled the kind of 3D spatialized audio that Sparc needs, allowing players to hear the world all around them so they know exactly where the action is happening.”
The entire premise of virtual reality in gaming is to present a digital alternate reality; however, without true-to-life audio to match the 360-degree visuals, players will not be able to fully buy into the illusion. Auro-3D translates real-time audio mix from Wwise, the most advanced, feature-rich interactive audio solution for games, into an audio experience that is closer to the way humans actually receive and interpret audio in the real world. The Auro-3D concept achieves this by capturing the sense of sound originating from both above and around the listener.
“Sparc, with its high-energy gameplay and fast moving objects, is ideal for the ultimate experience of immersive audio in Auro-3D,” said Iwan De Kuijper, Director Creative Entertainment at Auro Technologies. “It showcases the strength of our product through its incorporation into the Wwise (by Audiokinetic) pipeline for video games and VR productions, whilst giving the players a truly captivating audible emotional experience.”
Sparc will be offered on PlayStation®VR beginning August 29, 2017, available to purchase from the PlayStation® Store. For more details about Sparc, please visit www.playSparc.com.
About Auro Technologies
Auro Technologies is a spin-off of the privately owned Galaxy Studios Group, renowned worldwide for its state-of-the-art leadership in audio innovation for music and sound for film. After 150 years of evolution in sound recording and reproduction, Wilfried Van Baelen (CEO Auro Technologies and Galaxy Studios) revolutionized sound by bringing “Immersive Sound” (Sound in 3D) as an end-to-end solution for all markets with his Auro-3D® format. The addition of the missing and final dimension in sound (“Height”) combined with Auro-3D’s groundbreaking technologies provides a natural immersive sound experience unlike anything you’ve heard before, creating a totally new emotional level of entertainment in music, movies, games, events etc.. The Auro-3D® Technology Suite offers easy-to-use and unprecedented levels of sound reproduction capabilities to the broadcast, digital cinema, home cinema, mobile, gaming, and automotive markets.
About CCP Games
CCP is a leading independent game developer and has been praised for its artistry, game design and unique player-driven, infinitely scalable storytelling narratives. CCP is the creator of the critically acclaimed science-fiction game EVE Online (PC/Mac), EVE: Valkyrie, a multiplayer virtual reality spaceship dogfighting shooter for PCs and the PlayStation®4, and the Gunjack™ series, virtual reality arcade action games for PCs, PlayStation®4, Google Daydream, and the Samsung Gear VR mobile platform. Founded and headquartered in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1997, CCP is privately held, with additional offices in Atlanta, London, Newcastle, and Shanghai. For more information, visit www.ccpgames.com.