In a press release, VATSIM has provided us with details announcing the release date of Audio For VATSIM, their brand new voice technology, which is set to launch on Monday the 14th of October 2019.
VATSIM state that this is the dawn of the next generation of online flight simulation. This will be the biggest and innovative technological change to their well-aged system and the VATSIM community in many years to be rolled out across all pilot and ATC clients.
In order to implement this change, the AFV team will need to do two things. Firstly, the entire network must be taken offline for maintenance for a short period on the 13th of October 2019 at 2000z. Secondly, all VATSIM members will be required to have updated their ATC and pilot clients to be compatible with the brand-new infrastructure.
Some of the innovative features Audio for VATSIM will introduce include:
- State of the art voice quality – a brand new Opus-based voice codec with optional realistic distortion, white noise, VHF and HF simulation.
- Reduced delay – up to 80% reduction in latency, making busy frequencies more realistic and manageable.
- Range simulation – transceivers set up as per real ATC positions, with signal strength dependent on distance and altitude.
- Customisable technology – this upgrade paves the way for future amazing development by the community.