Can Dolby Atmos take VR audio to the next level?

Dolby has announced its Dolby Atmos surround-sound technology is making the leap from the movie theatre to virtual reality headsets.

The awesome 3D audio technology, which has been used in a number of recent blockbusters, will be part of the Littlstar VR application available on all of the major VR headsets.

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Littlstar is available on iOS and Android for use with Cardboard headsets too.

The first VR experiences to feature the groundbreaking spatial audio tech will include Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension 360, Rapid Fire: A Brief History of Flight and finally Bob’s Burgers 360-Dancin’.

Other developers will also be able to get involved via the Dolby Atmos for VR Applications SDK, which includes the VR-specific Dolby Atmos decoder and headphone renderer.

This will enable devs to place audio objects and move sound anywhere within a scene. They’ll also be able to choose options for head tracking, which Dolby says will “guide viewers through a more compelling story.”

Related: Dolby Atmos on TV

Of course, the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and the Samsung Gear VR are equipped with the ability to supply spatial audio.

We’re looking forward to seeing how this top notch cinematic tech translates to VR. Anything that makes the experience more immersive is alright by us.

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