We present preliminary results of an experiment to assess the impact of individualized binaural rendering on player performance in the context of a VR “shooter game”, as part of a larger project to characterize the impact of binaural rendering quality in various VR applications. Participants played a game in which they were faced with successive enemy targets approaching from random directions on a sphere. Audio-visual cues allowed for target localization. Participants were equipped with an Oculus CV1-HMD, headphones, and two Oculus Touch hand tracked devices as targeting mechanisms. Participants performed two sessions, once using their best and once their worst-match HRTFs from a “perceptually orthogonal” optimized set of 7 HRTFs . Results indicate signi?cant performance improvement (speed and movement ef?ciency) with best-match HRTF binaural rendering sessions.
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