Audio is a highly important part of virtual reality (VR), with spatial sound being used to immerse players even further in virtual worlds. But between the different headsets there’s a number of audio options users can actually experiment with. Head-mounted displays (HMDs) like HTC Vive and PlayStation VR require headphones to be plugged in, while Oculus Rift has them built-in, reducing cables creating a more all-in-one product. These can be removed for users to add their own, but now Oculus has another option, dedicated in earphones.
The current headphones do an decent job in piping sound into users ears, without the hassle of having to use external cans. But they do only rest on a users ears so they’re not that good at blocking out external sound, If there’re other people in the room chatting or watching TV, or loud noises from outside such as sirens can still be heard, breaking that immersive experience.
The new earphones are interchangeable on the Oculus Rift, so there’s still no wires to deal with. One thing earphones generally do better is isolating the user and Oculus has stated they will feature advanced noise reduction for an improved experience. Whether they sound better though is a different matter.
The Oculus Earphones will begin shipping later this, priced at $49 USD. For all the latest news from Oculus Connect 3, keep reading VRFocus.