• Hey, guest user. Hope you're enjoying NeoGAF! Have you considered registering for an account? Come join us and add your take to the daily discourse.
  • Hey Guest. Check out the NeoGAF 2.2 Update Thread for details on our new Giphy integration and other new features.

Gaming in a loud space?

Fuz

Member
Jun 8, 2009
8,192
9,698
1,255
Cagliari, Italy
You just made me realize why are headphones so popular these days. I actually did wonder that...
But both my houses are in really quite places so I never felt this problem.
 

Moogle11

Banned
Feb 7, 2020
1,657
1,631
565
You just made me realize why are headphones so popular these days. I actually did wonder that...
But both my houses are in really quite places so I never felt this problem.
Also an issue of shared space if you're gaming area isn't isolated from your signficant other/roommates space and noise carries in the house. I'd have to keep volume very quiet to not be disruptive to my wife who is usually either working in the next room (her job is fully virtual for good), watching TV in the living room nearby, or trying to sleep above.

Aside from that, even if I lived alone I simply find headphones more immersive than surround sound (especially with having an old, cheap set up).
 

drotahorror

Member
Mar 21, 2014
7,785
1,163
720
I do 95% of my gaming with a headset, regardless of how noisy it is. They’re great. Dolby Atmos is amazing.

Dolby Atmos, 5.1, 7.1, DTS X, all gimmicks when it comes to headphones man. It might make movies seem like you're in a theatre or something, but for games, 9x (or more) out of 10 it sounds like shit.
 

VHSamurai

Member
Jan 10, 2021
155
294
395
Dolby Atmos, 5.1, 7.1, DTS X, all gimmicks when it comes to headphones man. It might make movies seem like you're in a theatre or something, but for games, 9x (or more) out of 10 it sounds like shit.
It makes a huge difference when I play online FPS games. I’ve messed with various settings and Dolby Atmos makes it so, so much easier to determine where footsteps/gunshots/etc. are coming from.

I’m surprised by your post because the difference is huge. I wasn’t even able to get horizontal locating down without it. With Dolby Atmos I can pinpoint exactly where someone above me is. This wasn’t possible without it.

the difference is major.