When you’re chatting in-game in PUBG, the position of other players doesn’t matter. Everyone sounds like they’re coming through a headset (they usually are), but in Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, where stealth, maneuvering, and teamwork are some of the main draws, the audio should be a bit more nuanced.
Luckily, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds developer Bluehole is working on making the aural experience a little more realistic with the implementation of 3D positional audio. With 3D positional audio, you’ll hear other players in relation to where they are compared to your in-game avatar. So if they’re behind you, your speakers or headset will make them sound as though they’re behind you in real life. Not only does this add to the overall feel of the game, but it will also allow you to keep track of player’s positions through the use of sound alone, leaving you free to focus on other things with your vision.
Bluehole is working with Vivox to implement their positional audio technology into PUBG. Additionally, according to Bluehole’s press release, Vivox’s tech will have additional security in comparison with other VOIP services that will protect user info from potential exploitation. This means that user’s IP addresses will most likely be shielded, which will help curb personal denial of service attacks.
We don’t know when Vivox’s 3D audio will be added to Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds as Bluehole hasn’t commented on a firm release date yet.