Capcom will resolve Street Fighter V's audio issues next week

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Update: Next week's update will fix Street Fighter V's audio issues, hopefully making the game playable for audibly-impaired players once again.

Capcom has outlined a number of fixes for bugs introduced in patch 3.05, and has announced a list of fixes set to arrive in the first week of March. Alongside making sure "stereo" sound plays properly, the hotfix will also resolve a few gameplay issues, and a nasty bug that caused the game to forcefully close when pressing F12 to take a screenshot. 

Original Story: Capcom pushed out an update for Street Fighter V a few days ago which has alienated a chunk of its players: blind gamers.

Patch 3.05 introduced returning fighter Dan Hibiki as well as add a new stage along with other tweaks, but the update also switched the audio from stereo to mono, a change that has had a huge impact on blind Street Fighter players.

Stereo sound allows opponent spacing to be tracked because the sound comes through two separate audio channels. So if your opponent is on the left, the sound will shift over to the left side of the headset. With mono sound, however, everything is centralised, meaning that those who relied on audio cues no longer can.

Popular blind competitive player BlindWarriorSven has spoken out about the change on Twitter, saying "I am no longer able to play this game on a high level," (thanks, EventHub). Fellow FGC member BettyDots also raised awareness of the issue, tweeting "I play Street Fighter V with a lot of blind people and the new update has made all game sounds mono, which makes it impossible to tell the spacing through audio queues.

"If not fixed, this would hurt all sightless players greatly."

It's unclear whether the switch from stereo to mono is an intentional change on Capcom's part, or a hiccup that went unnoticed when patching the game. The latter is more likely since the change doesn't appear in patch notes, and it would be ridiculous to suddenly shutter off a portion of your audience. We've contacted Capcom to ask what's going on, and will update with any response.

Hopefully, an emergency fix is pushed out soon—accessibility in games is still a battle that many players face, and even when it comes to things like building your own PC.

Mollie Taylor
Features Producer

Mollie spent her early childhood deeply invested in games like Killer Instinct, Toontown and Audition Online, which continue to form the pillars of her personality today. She joined PC Gamer in 2020 as a news writer and now lends her expertise to write a wealth of features, guides and reviews with a dash of chaos. She can often be found causing mischief in Final Fantasy 14, using those experiences to write neat things about her favourite MMO. When she's not staring at her bunny girl she can be found sweating out rhythm games, pretending to be good at fighting games or spending far too much money at her local arcade.