Competitive gamers need their audio equipment to support their brains at each of these three steps. Directional audio cues need to be clear and precise, so we know balancing the volume in each ear precisely depending on the player’s facing in game is vital. If the levels are unbalanced, the brain will need to work overtime interpreting inaccurate audio cues.
Even more significantly, competitive gamers need to be able to hear the sound cues that are most important – like player footsteps – with absolute clarity and natural sounding timbre. The quicker the player’s brain orients, focuses and interprets the sound it hears, the faster the player’s reaction times will be and the better their performance.
In the heat of battle, the brain needs to be able to focus effortlessly on team communication – never straining to hear who is speaking, or what they are saying. EPOS uses high quality microphones, positioned optimally, and tuned to capture each team member’s unique voiceprint accurately and clearly. The more natural your team-mates’ voices, the lower the load on your brain – just as it would be if you were talking in the same room together.
The more time we spend with esports teams, the better we get to know their needs and the more we learn about how to support their gaming performance. For example, it’s not just in the match environment that athletes need assistance but at the training camp too. Practicing for long hours is tiring, and artificial-sounding, blurred audio is one of the main causes of listening fatigue. When trying to focus, anything the brain is finding difficult to process subconsciously requires additional effort. Over several hours of practice or in a long day at an event, this can add considerably to the player’s overall level of brain fatigue, leading to miscommunication, poor decision making and slower reaction times.