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Where are the promised Season 9 HRTF Fortnite audio improvements?

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Epic Games deployed a few waves of audio improvements into Fortnite during the early stages of Season 9, but have been oddly quiet on the larger HRTF updates. What has happened to these promised upgrades?

Audio in Fortnite has been an uphill battle from the beginning for Epic Games. Not only does Battle Royale inherently demand greater auditory accuracy than other games, Unreal Engine seems to struggle with delivering this level of fidelity.

Before Season 9 began, Epic provided the community with a long list of updates they’d get to before the end of the season. While some of the band-aid solutions have been implemented, where are the fundamental upgrades like HRTF? Let’s take a look at how long it’s been.

HRTF (Head-related transfer function) is an audio solution which seeks to better replicate how humans hear directional audio. For a further explanation, please check out the third section of this article.

Epic promises Season 9 audio improvements in May

Good effort, but where’s the rest? – via Epic Games

Back in May 2019, Epic put out an extensive Reddit post that detailed changes they would be making to Fortnite’s audio. Many professional players and influencers had complained about the poor quality of audio.

The Reddit post included a list of improvements ranging from small patches to extensive reforms/additions. The list’s main points were better ‘tactical’ audio, clearer landing sounds, HRTF, and more. For a full list, please refer to the May 6 article.

Epic then delivered on some of these promises in the Season’s patches. For example, patch v9.10 included a majority of the original list. Epic then released smaller audio updates in later patches. While we are glad to have a better audio experience than Season 8, these solutions amount to little more than band-aids.

The key solution which Epic stated to be working on was the binaural/HRTF (Head-related transfer function) upgrade. But what has happened to this technology in the past month?

What happened to the Fortnite binaural/HRTF update?

Now, before lay into this topic, we want to emphasize the fact that game development is an extremely difficult task. Unlike many other tech jobs, it’s a seamless blend of art and science that involves a human element with design choices and natural errors. We’re critical of the lack of these updates, but we understand the hardships of game design.

Epic Games last mentioned HRTF in June when DanDaDaDanDan replied to a player’s complaint.

From there on out, we haven’t heard anything on this front. We don’t believe that Epic Games has simply given up on creating a HRTF solution, but the silence has us worried.

The audio upgrade would have signicantly improved the quality of Fortnite esports, but the Fortnite World Cup is presumably too close for that to happen. Casual players would also benefit from improved audio accuracy.

But what do HRTF tech improvements really mean for players in a gameplay sense? Let us try to explain the advantages.

So…what is HRTF and why do we want it in Fortnite?

How are we supposed to listen DJ Yonder’s sick beats without HRTF?

Alright, so…HRTF audio solutions. Epic Games mentioned this in the initial list of Season 9 updates. Instead of small fixes or patches, this would constitute an entirely new system upgrade to Fortnite’s structure.

HRTF (Head-related transfer function) is an audio technology that tries to better replicate how we would hear sounds in real life. Regular surround sound (7.1) can’t fully capture the intricacies of human hearing, but it’s good enough for most situations. For Battle Royale games (or tactical shooters), you need something a little more robust.

How many times have you heard a streamer or friend say ‘I thought he has to the left of me, not the right!’ or something similar? It’s not their fault.

When we hear something drop in real life, we hear it with both ears. The fact that the rightward drop’s sound is quieter in the left ear is just as important as hearing it more loudly on the right ear. HRTF seeks to accurately measure the correct difference in volume for each ear to help you pin-point the location of the sound’s origin.

This is what HRTF seeks to simulate better than regular surround sound. And no, you won’t need to buy a new headset to take advantage of this tech (as long as you have a modern headset).

Do you think we’ll see these promised solutions in Season 10 or has Epic abandoned this project due to time constraints elsewhere? Only time will tell that truth, but we hope to see this key improvement finally come to Fortnite in the near future.

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When Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 ends, Season 3 start date

Here is when Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 ends and Season 3 starts. The season is off to a heated start, and it’s only going to get more intense.

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Fortnite Chapter 3 has just entered its second season, and it’s off to a great start. Here is when Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 ends and Season 3 starts.

Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1 ended without much warning ahead of time from Epic Games. In fact, only a day before the Season ended did we get an announcement for Season 2.

Regardless, Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 is off to a hot start. We have new POIs, weapons, and a flashy new Battle Pass. There’s also no building to start and an ongoing turf war.

Whether you love or hate the new season, you might be wondering when the next one will start.

When Does Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 End?

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Fortnite Season 2 will end on June 3, 2022. This means the second season of the new chapter will last a little less than three months making it fairly short compared to Season 1.

This end date was found in the in-game files by data miners. Unlike last season where Epic Games listed two season end dates, there is only one end date this time around.

When Does Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 Start?

New Fortnite seasons usually start within 24 hours after the previous one ends. Players can expect Chapter 3 Season 3 to start on June 4.

That being said, leaker Shiina believes there will be an extended period of downtime after the season ends to prep for Season 3. We will know more about this delay as time draws closer.

Is There a Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 Live Event?

The final update for Fortnite Season 2 is here and we now have confirmation that, yes, there will be a live event!

The Season 2 live event will likely focus on stopping the new Doomsday Device from going off at Loot Lake. It is a very similar tower to that of Midas’ Doomsday Device in Chapter 2 Season 2.

What Season is Fortnite on?

Fortnite is currently in Chapter 3 Season 2. This is the second season of the third chapter which started after Chapter 2 Season 8. While most players refer to this season as “Season 2”, it’s technically Season 20.

There were 10 seasons in Chapter 1 and 8 seasons in Chapter 2.

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For now, that’s everything we know about Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2. This chapter will likely span the next year or so and will be filled with exciting events.

We will keep you updated on when Fortnite Season 3 starts. For more Fortnite, check out the best controller settings for Chapter 3, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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Fortnite Omni Chip locations: how to upgrade Omni Sword in Season 2

Fortnite Season 2 introduces a pickaxes called the Omni Sword that players can customize using Omni Chips. Here’s how to get them!

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Epic Games has introduced Omni Chips in Fortnite Season 2 which players can use to customize the new Omni Sword.

With each new Fortnite season, players can look forward to a new form of currency used to unlock different cosmetics. In seasons past, players had to collect feathers, paint cans, and alien artifacts.

Now, Fortnite Season 2 introduces Omni Chips. This seasonal currency can be used by players to unlock customization options for the Omni Sword.

Here’s how to unlock the Omni Sword and where to find Omni Chips in Fortnite Season 2.

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Where to find Omni Chips in Fortnite Season 2

In order to start collecting Omni Chips, players first need to unlock the Omni Sword Pickaxe. This is on page one of the Battle Pass and can be purchased for 7 Battle Stars.

Now that players have the sword, it’s time to start collecting Omni Chips. Each week, players will be given a new set of Omni Sword quests that reward them with Omni Chips once completed.

The quests are as simple as visiting specific locations and collecting Omni Chips. The maps below will show where that week’s chips are located starting with week 1.

Week 1 Omni Chip locations

Collect Omni chips at Greasy Grove, Logjam Lumberyard, and Mighty Monument:

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Week 2 Omni Chip locations

Collect Omni Chips at Loot Landing, The Temple, and Chonkers Speedway.

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Week 3 Omni Chip Locations

Collect Omni Chips at Synapse Station, Sanctuary, and Camp Cuddle.

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Week 4 Omni Chip Locations

Collect Omni Chips at The Daily Bugle, Condo Canyon, and Windbreakers.

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Week 5 Omni Chip Locations

Collect Omni Chips at Rocky Reels, Launchpad, and Shifty Shafts.

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Week 6 Omni Chip locations

Collect Omni Chips at Seven Outpost II, Crispy Crater, and Tumbledown Temple.

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Week 7 Omni Chip Locations

Collect Omni Chips at Sleepy Sounds, Command Cavern, and Cuddle Cruisers.

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Week 8 Omni Chip Locations

Collect Omni Chips at The Joneses, Shell or High Water, and Coney Crossroads.

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It’s important to note that while the challenges are released weekly, they won’t expire until the end of the season. Meaning you can wait until the last minute to collect all of the Omni Chips.

For more Fortnite, check out how to unlock Prowler in Season 2.

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How to unlock Marvel’s Prowler in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2

Fortnite Season 2 introduced Marvel’s Prowler to the Battle Royale, and players can unlock him via the Battle Pass and a few challenges.

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Fortnite Season 2 adds not one but two Marvel characters to the game via the Battle Pass, but players might not be familiar with Prowler.

Season 2 started off hot with an amazing battle pass and a shocking removal of the game’s iconic building mechanic. Players were even more excited to see the Battle Pass had two crossover characters.

The first is Doctor Strange who has a new movie releasing in May. However, players may not be super familiar with the second crossover character. And it was surprisingly released alongside the Fortnite v20.20 update.

Prowler is an alias used by a number of people in the Marvel universe. But he most recently appeared in Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse as Miles Morales’ uncle. And the in-game skin is a similar depiction of the character.

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Unlocking Prowler in Fortnite Season 2

As mentioned before, Prowler was locked behind a time gate. Players can unlock him by completing special challenges starting on April 19.

There are nine cosmetic items in the Prowler set, and the skin comes in two styles. Players can unlock an emote, pickaxe, glider, and more in a little over a month.

His unlock requirements are identical to that of Superman or The Foundation. Once the timer runs out, players can complete Prowler-specific challenges to unlock each piece of the set.

Here are the Fortnite Season 2 Prowler challenges and rewards:

  • Headshot opponents with a thermal weapons x 3 – Mark of the Prowler wrap
  • Use a spray at The Daily Bugle – Prowler Tag spray
  • Collect 300 Bars – On The Prowl loading screen
  • Collect three different weapon types of Epic Rarity or higher in a single match – Prowler Banner Icon
  • Damage Opponents while crouched or sliding x 500 – Energy Claw Pickaxe
  • Mod a Vehicle, then drive it 500 meters in a single match – Prowler’s Grasp Emoticon
  • Complete 3 Prowler Quests – Prowler skin
  • Complete 7 Prowler Quests – Slash and Smash Emote/Sky Prowler Glider
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For more Forntite, check out when Chapter 3 Season 2 ends and Season 3 starts.

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