Originally Posted by Daekwan
What irks me is that we are now entering 3rd generation for MS (and the 12th year in the console race) and we still have suck azz wired solutions.
Supposedly, the new audio controller in the XB1 will be able to stream 4 DIFFERENT 48khz/24-bit surround sound mixes to 4 different controllers at the same time. Basically making our Mixamps obsolete in many cases. (Which I have NO problem with, reducing that rat's nest going to/from my Mixamp to one wire to the controller would be AWESOME)
For a VERY detailed technical overview: http://www.vgleaks.com/durango-sound-of-tomorrow/
As for the headset not being included... let's wait and see how the beam-shaping technology on the new Kinect works first:
(Start at 4:10 for the audio isolation demo): http://youtu.be/6Dcn6wWhiv0?t=4m10s
If it works as well as this demonstration implies, I will gladly use it, so I can hear my full 11.2 DSX surround sound system without one ear muffled with a headset and boom microphone.
It supposedly has much better audio resolution than the old Kinect. Also, with the new visual fidelity and IR markers (invisible versions of the lights on the new PS4 controllers) the new Kinect will pinpoint exactly who is talking, in theory making this technology good enough to make headphones unneeded.
Of course, with Microsoft's pathetic PR
, hardly anyone know anything about all this. All they know is a headset isn't being included and the Kinect is. WTF.
And here is a quote from one of the developers of the new audio processor in the XB1, named SHAPE:
As far as SHAPE is concerned, it can mix thousands of channels, do a filter and volume change on thousands of channels, run an equalizer and compressor on hundreds of channels, and sample rate convert 512 channels per audio frame. And that's just one of the 5 components in the chip. Any one of the other 4 could easily equal what the xfi does.
(he's referring to the SoundBlaster Xfi)
He has a lot of posts over at the Beyond3D forums. Look up user "bkilian" over there. He is saying that the audio processing on the XB1 will be incredible, and will free up a lot of CPU time from the main processor.