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Short Take: Microsoft opens 3D audio

Microsoft announced its DirectSound 3D 5 specification is now an open standard for independent hardware vendors (IHVs), encouraging a joint development effort to expand 3D audio playback. Microsoft hopes the 3D PC audio, a DirectX API, will make consumer PC audio a more realistic, interactive experience. Users can download the DirectSound 3D hardware emulation layer, and a new version is expected next June.

Microsoft announced its DirectSound 3D 5 specification is now an open standard for independent hardware vendors (IHVs), encouraging a joint development effort to expand 3D audio playback. Microsoft hopes the 3D PC audio, a DirectX API, will make consumer PC audio a more realistic, interactive experience. Users can download the DirectSound 3D hardware emulation layer, and a new version is expected next June.