Most of the effort in improving virtual reality focuses on the visuals. But what about audio -- isn't it jarring to hear sound that clearly doesn't mirror the world you're in? Valve thinks it can fix that. It just released a Steam Audio kit that lets developers provide more immersive sound in games and apps, particularly for VR. On top of producing binaural audio (reflecting how your body affects listening), it has a particularly advanced, physics-based approach to generating sound effects.
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Imagine screaming through deep space, swerving through the wreckage of exploding starships in a high-octane scene plucked straight out of a science fiction movie. Suddenly the universe stops, frozen in time as your body continues to hurl through the void at high speed. Your stomach churns at the realization that it's moving but, somehow, the world around you isn't. That's what happened to me this weekend on Six Flags' Galactic Attack -- a virtual reality roller coaster, available at Six Flags' two California parks, that broke halfway through my ride. Twice.
NEW CALDARI - C-Level management from both the Kaalakiota Corporation and its security arm, the Home Guard, have been called before the Chief Executive Panel this afternoon after the remains found inside the quarantine cordon at the Kyonoke Pit were identified as those of a decorated Home Guard pilot.
The pilot in question, Flight Lieutenant Ohmon Kasaras, was a highly decorated young combat pilot who had served with the corporation for two decades. Aged 38, he was in the early stages of what Home Guard CEO Sunmenas Ikydoishin described before the CEP during today's session as a "long and promising career with the State Armed Forces."
When questioned before the CEP regarding Kasaras, his commanding officer, Captain Irma Aatoh, expressed her disbelief at allegations that he would be involved in any form of breach of containment at the Kyonoke pit, remarking that "Kasaras was a patriot through and through. He bled for the State. He was currently on rotational leave for mandatory physical training which began on February 1st, and was due to resume active duty on February 28th. I can not imagine a circumstance in which he would act in a manner that would jeopardize State security. The State Armed Forces were in his blood."
Both the Kaalakiota Corporation and Home Guard gave no further reasoning for the alleged actions of Kasaras, with Home Guard's CEO stating the belief that "Kasaras appears to have acted alone, and at this stage we are entirely unsure of his motives" before adding that "a full investigation will be ordered into his last movements and whereabouts in the days preceding his death. In the meantime, we will be contacting members of his family who are serving tenure with Kaalakiota for additional questioning."