Originally Posted by Murlocke
It's more about if you have the equipment to utilize it not if your ears can hear the difference. On ~$1000+ speakers, the difference is like apples and oranges. I am able blind test lossy vs lossless with 100% accuracy on blu-rays and it's not even a challenge, and I actually consider my hearing to be pretty bad. Lots of concerts have done their damage.
I do agree it should be optional though, install the game and optionally install the lossless audio pack or something. Much like Skyrim did with high resolution textures. Forcing it on people seems unnecessary.
I don't have $1000+ speakers, but with a Xonar STX + HD558 (SP2500 speakers) it's literally impossible to differentiate between lossless FLAC and 320kbps MP3 (LAME encoded). I'd say I have decent hearing
Other people have done blind tests with higher-end equipment like Asus Essence One + HD650's, still can't tell the difference. Only in studio setups the difference starts becoming noticeable I think.
Adding to it, I haven't heard any player reviews squealing about Titanfall's sound quality compared to say...BF4, the one game known
for mind-blowing audio immersion (doesn't have ridiculous audio file sizes). Nobody has mentioned audio quality and I've been watching tons of player reviews.
Anyway Respawn said that they primarily did this to reduce CPU overhead on junk-level computers, not audio quality purposes.Edited by Tippy - 3/11/14 at 6:43pm