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NetEnt’s quest to push the boundaries of ‘what’s possible’ in online game design to its limits looks set to gather pace in 2016. Fresh from announcing the impending release of two more rock slots to sit alongside Guns N’ Roses, they have also premiered their latest new gaming innovation – 3D Sound. Watch the video above and you’ll see the technology in action. It promises to open up some new possibilities for future concepts.
NetEnt celebrates its 20th birthday this year, and the industry has certainly changed a lot since the company’s inception. As a leading games designer, NetEnt consistently proved themselves to be trailblazers rather then followers, and they seem determined to continue with their philosophy. The premier of their new 3D sound concept came at the annual ICE conference, and we are excited to see how they harness the technology to improve the all round NetEnt gaming experience yet further.
3D Sound is to audio what 3D pictures are to the world of visual entertainment. Known more properly as 3D audio effects, they manipulate the sounds we typically here from stereo speaker or headphones to replicate what we hear in the world. They allow the listener to hear multiple sounds at the same time with a sense of spatial awareness that can make the sounds seem like they are coming from all angles and distances. The effects have a 360 degree scope, so you will sense the sounds just like you would in real life.
As you can hear in the video demo, NetEnt have mastered the technology to make it seem like sounds are being constructed from behind the listener, from faraway distances or even lots of places all at once. They have even replicated the sensation of a voice ‘whispering’ in your ear. And yes, we found that part of the video a bit freaky! The demo showcases how the technology can enhance the experience of outdoor-themed games like Gonzo’s Quest to make it appear like you are genuinely standing in the jungle. It’s one heck of a nifty innovation, and it will be interesting to see what NetEnt do with it.
NetEnt have only just premiered the technology, and there is no word yet as to when we might expect the first NetEnt game with fully fledged 3D sound. We will keep our ears to the ground (no pun intended) and bring you the latest news as and when we have it. Just imagine hearing those NetEnt Rocks slots like the newly announced Jimi Hendrix and Motorhead slots in 3D audio glory, not to mention ‘atmospheric’ style games like Glow and Lights.
The NetEnt design team have developed the technology so it works on computers, phones, tablets and through headpones. So, however you prefer to play your casino games, you will get the chance to fully immerse yourself in the improved listening experience. We can’t way to see and hear the first games that NetEnt release