EDIT: Somehow this got moved into Technical Support, I guess by a mod, but I don’t want it to go there. This needs to be kept in front of the Overwatch community so more people can raise flags about the issue. Talking about this major problem in the Bug Forums hasn’t accomplished anything, it’s just been sitting and persisting for months with no action by Blizzard. I want to get more voices talking about it and that’s not going to happen if it’s moved to another forum and left to die like all the others that people have posted about this problem. If I were more cynical I’d almost be convinced Blizzard is intentionally trying to silence discussion on this major bug issue.
I’m at my wits end here. Missing audio and weird volume inconsistency has been breaking this game for me and others over the past few months. This has NOTHING to do with my setup, I’ve uploaded videos of the audio issues directly from my PS4 to YouTube so anyone can hear these issues for themselves on their own systems. Check them out in all their horrible glory.
Here in a quiet area a WB right behind me requests heals, and the only thing you hear is the chat feed sound effect:
Here a Symmetra shoots energy blasts at me from the side point blank, you don’t hear the charge up or the firing and can only barely hear when the shots land. Wait a moment later and in the killcam you can hear these sound effects, but they’re low:
Here a Roadhog uses a jumppad to flank kill me, but the sound effect for the jump is barely audible. In killcam you can hear the sound effect as he uses it, but the volume is absurdly low, but when I respawn and use the jump pad you can hear the sound effect at normal volume.
Here, besides seeing a baby D.Va shooting with no sound effects at all, a Brigitte literally walks up to me from behind and kills me out of nowhere, no footsteps sound effects at all. You can see in the killcam she’s not crouch-walking:
And this time with a Mei who apparently is floating over the ground, even though moments earlier Widow’s footsteps are so loud it’s like she’s tapping her stillettos directly into your ear:
Here I walk right into a venom mine and guess what, no sound when I trigger it:
Here Symmetra’s sentries are firing their lasers at me, but the laser doesn’t make any sound effect at all. You can hear the initial sound effect when the sentry engages and the burning sound as the lasers hit me, but not the laser itself, which means I can’t tell where the attack is coming from:
Here’s a bonus Widow sound effect issue. For some reason her shots make this weird metallic sound when they hit enemies. From a far distance I miss a few shots intentionally to show what it sounds like without the weird sound, and then I land a few hits on a training bot where you can hear the sound, as though it’s right next to you:
Another bonus missing sound issue: lootboxes not playing voicelines when you select them:
Seriously, I’m getting so frustrated with all these audio issues in the game. And these are just the one’s that I personally am experiencing, other people have been complaining about this off and on over the past few months as well. I even made a post listing out all their complaints:
I keep posting about this in the Bug Reports forum and haven’t gotten any feedback, and obviously nothing has been updated on this front as I and others continue to experience these issues.
If anyone else is experiencing these problems, make your voice heard. This is getting ridiculous and needs high profile attention pronto.
[This is a bug report and needs to be posted in the correct location so the correct teams can look into it. Post moved back to Bug Report forum by Forum Moderator.]