Ambient Noise

Options to Include Ambient Noise as Text Output

Capturing ambient noise improves the quality of experience for those with hearing impairments.  The environment is often key to the overall feel of the gaming experience, when that element is left out, the Deaf gamer may be missing the mood you are looking to set. Extending the closed captioning system above to let players turn on and off text cues for certain levels of ambient noise allows the gamer to customize the level of immersion they want


A deaf man tries out the newest zombie game, but is unable to successfully play because the developers have designed the noise the zombie makes to be an early warning system of an attack coming out of a blind spot is about to happen. If the ambient noise was captured in the subtitles -- for example, [you hear a groan coming from the right] -- the gamer would be able to continue playing with full situational awareness.