Just wanted to throw this out there for anyone who might be skeptical about buying a nice headset or shelling out extra money for a mixamp.
When I began playing pubg during pre-release, I used my TV's sound. For weeks I could not even get a kill because it seemed like everyone knew exactly where I was and I didn't know where anyone else was, unless they were right in front of me.
After some frustration, I decided to buy a headset and ended up going with the Astro A10's. I paid about 100$ CAD at the time. I've had them for over 2 years without any issues. Simple plug and play type thing. They served me well, but weren't anything special. If anything I felt like they leveled the playing field.
Some time down the line, after a few updates, footstep sounds were completely messed up. Around this time I noticed the audio setting on the xbox that enable Windows Sonic and Dobly Atmos. I tried Sonic with my A10's but didn't notice a difference, didn't want to pay for Dolby Atmos so I ended up sticking with stereo uncompressed.
Fast forward to this weekend when I got my new Astro A40 and MixAmp Pro and I can't believe the difference it makes.
Setup was a doozy. Not user friendly at all. Started with instructional videos, firmware update, initial setup and xbox settings changes. Long story short, after half a day of messing around, I could not get the headset working with game or party chat. I couldn't hear teammates and they couldn't hear me. Frustrated, I eventually gave up and left to watched a movie. Came back an hour or two later to play some Pubg and my xbox hard reset itself. Once it started up, I noticed a message popup like when you sign in, except it says " Headset paired to account " or something similar. I try joining a party and VOILA! suddenly it works.
Sitting in the pre game lobby, I decide to check out the EQ presets for the Mixamp. I ended up using a mix of Dolby Atmos, and Tournament EQ preset. Here's why..
Dolby Atmos gave me the feeling that I was in the center of a very large, extremely quiet room. Kind of like an echo chamber if you will. Game sounds came flowing in from different directions and sounded crisp and clear.
Tournament EQ preset is optimized mainly for footsteps but also gunshots. It seemed to reduce the other in game sounds and really emphasize these ones.
The Mix: Together, these make the holy grail for sound whoring in Pubg. With Atmos, being in the center of a large and very quiet echo chamber combined with the enhanced sound of foot steps was a real game changer for me. Instead of light taps on the ground or in a house mixed with the other sounds in the game, they sounded like an elephant stomping around the echo chamber. Clear, and very loud. The range seems to be extended as well.
The only downside to this mix is that you don't quite get the full range of sound from the game. Some sounds are a little quiet but I don't care. I'm loving this setup and wanted to share with everybody.
10/10 would recommend Mixamp.
Feel free to ask for more info if I haven't covered everything.