Mobile games are getting better and better with each passing week. The visuals from the latest games look great, the gameplay top-notch and most importantly to us, the sound effects and audio tracks impress us too! For gamers to fully appreciate the audio experience in their mobile games they’ll want headphones that truly immerse them in the experience.
Mad Catz know gamers. The company prides itself on making headphones which provide such an immersive sound experience that gamers feel like they’re in the thick of the action. They also realise that more and more gaming is happening on mobile devices and that even at home gamers don’t want to tethered by wires – they also shouldn’t have to compromise on sound quality just because they want the freedom of wireless.
That’s why Mad Catz has specifically chosen CSR’s aptX Low Latency audio codec for its F.R.E.Q.M Wireless Headset. The audio codec enables consumers to watch videos and play games while enjoying CD-like quality wireless audio on mobile devices with no lip or action-synchronisation issues. The inherent latency of standard Bluetooth of more than 150 ms is not ideal for video or gaming applications, but aptX Low Latency circumnavigates this issue by delivering a total end-to-end latency of just under 40 ms. There is no significant time lapse between the sound and video experienced by the viewer, so users will, for example, hear gunshots as they leave the barrel rather than a split-second later.
And the codec retains all the other great features of aptX, so the audio content transmitted over the wireless Bluetooth® link is crystal clear – meaning gamers using Mad Catz headphones can lose the wires without losing any audio impact. The high-quality sound experience also means the headsets can be used for much more than gaming, working equally well for consumers looking to listen to their favourite music, or watch films or videos.
In order to fit within the Bluetooth ‘pipe’ and transmit wirelessly, audio needs to use a bit rate reduction technique. aptX audio technology uses a non-destructive solution to ensure the audio is transmitted over Bluetooth’s available bandwidth. It replicates the entire frequency of the audio, maintaining CD-quality audio over the Bluetooth connection and ensuring that users can hear every sound as it was originally intended.
aptX is fast becoming the industry standard for high-quality wireless audio. The ecosystem is going from strength to strength with over 150 manufacturers, including Samsung, Sennheiser and Philips, now using aptX in a range of devices including smartphones, tablets, wireless headphones and portable speakers. We’re talking to some exciting brands so keep your eyes peeled in the coming months for more news of both source device and accessory manufacturers choosing aptX and aptX Low Latency.
And happy gaming!