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Installed Star Wars Battlefront 2 for the first time on my laptop after upgrading from Win 10 to Win 11, and when the game is playing I see what appears to be an "audio visualizer" on the right of my screen:
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This is not part of the game, and was not visible when I was running Win 10.

It is only visible when the game has focus and I'm getting audio - either through the laptop speakers or through a headset. If I move focus to a different window / screen then the game continues merrily (and silently) and the "visualizer" disappears.

I suspect this is something to do with Win 11 (even though I only see it with this title - music, audiobooks, videos, other games do not show similar) but I've no idea what it is and why I'm seeing it.

I am running Windows 11 Home, version 21H2, OS build 22000.376, experience: Windows Feature Experience Pack 1000.22000.376.0

Grateful for any insights, help or advice.
 

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Have you checked if the game is indeed win 11 compatible or if there are any updates for it
 

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Have you checked if the game is indeed win 11 compatible or if there are any updates for it
It is up to date and there are no patches etc. showing as available.

According to a post from a "Champion of Answers" on the EA Answers HQ it works fine on Windows 11 and on Steam it says recommended OS is "64-bit Windows 10 or later" so I feel pretty confident that it is Win 11 compatible.

My issue does feel a bit like it is some kind of system generated overlay rather than anything to do with the game itself, which I why suspect it is a Win 11 "feature" of some kind.
 

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That's good then I suppose it's checking windows settings next especially in accessibility, although I cannot recall seing anything. I do agree with you, it looks like some win 11 feature ( not a hidden feature in the game )
 

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To me it seems to be a display showing where the nearest enemies are.
 

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To me it seems to be a display showing where the nearest enemies are.
It does, but according to the OP it is not part of the game
 

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It does, but according to the OP it is not part of the game

Perhaps upgrading to Win 11 offered an additional gaming benefits.
 

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Perhaps upgrading to Win 11 offered an additional gaming benefits.
@Bastet Could well be, if so there should be something in settings to sort it out
 

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@Bastet Could well be, if so there should be something in settings to sort it out
Yes there should be if it is part of the game. I’m checking the game‘s homepage on EA for anything.
 

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I noticed the blue indicators I the left display seem to be pointing in the same direction as the blue arrows within the left hand display which makes me think the upgrade has also improved gaming.

@Fidney Are you playing a single or multiplayer game?
 

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What sound system does your PC use? It could be a positional audio overlay as part of your audio drivers, as others have said it may be a feature of updated drivers (audio in this case) or is it possible it is generated by your monitor, some monitors have a game overlay option built in, although I am not aware of any providing audio functions.
 

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This is not part of the game, and was not visible when I was running Win 10.

It is only visible when the game has focus and I'm getting audio

but I've no idea what it is and why I'm seeing it.

It could be that the "audio tracker" reflects some kind of basic or earned ability of your in-game character? Like the character has some kind of telepathic force that can pick up faint audio and footsteps around them. I don't have that game to find out, but I do remember seeing similar feature on Deus Ex. If you start game again at level one, with a different character, does the identified "tracker" vanish? Maybe the "tracker" is only visible on the "Easy" game settings - that could be another explanation.
 

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You guys are fantastic, thanks for the help. I've not got an Asus or ROG soundcard, but I do have a Dell which has Alienware Command Centre and part of that is Alienware Sound Centre.

It appears that Alienware Sound Centre has a Sound Radar / Audio Recon which seems to be the Dell equivalent of the ROG Sonic Radar. Can't actually run the Sound Centre app itself for some reason - it doesn't appear in start menu as a separate programme, and search can't find it, BUT the Audio Recon can be toggled on and off using CTRL, SHIFT & S. Guess I inadvertently toggled it on at some point.

I knew I had the Command Centre and I had checked in that when trying to diagnose my problem, but nowhere in that is there any mention of sound or the Alienware Sound Centre so did not think it was anything to do with that. However after all your helpful suggestions I ended up Googling "alienware command centre sonic radar" which turned up a Reddit discussion which mentioned it was a feature of the Alienware Sound Centre and how to toggle it.

End result, I'm now a happy bunny and I have a new toy to play with which I never even knew I had (and I'm not even sure I want).

Thanks again for all your kind assistance.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell G5 5500
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-10750
    Memory
    16 Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 - 6Gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    AU Optronics B156HAN (15.6", 144Hz) / HP EliteDisplay E233 (23", 60Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Kioxia KBG40ZNS512G NVMe (512GB M.2 2230) SSD

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System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Home ♦♦♦22000.675
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® [May 2020]
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE
    Memory
    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
    Sound Card
    (onboard) Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3011 30"
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    2x Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    WD 8TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    LG GH22LS30 CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling 750W Quad EPS12V
    Case
    COOLER MASTER ATCS 840 Full Tower
    Cooling
    CM Hyper 212 EVO (push/pull)
    Keyboard
    Ducky DK9008 Shine II Blue LED
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-100
    Internet Speed
    100/100
    Browser
    Firefox (latest)
    Antivirus
    Bitdefender Internet Security (latest)
    Other Info
    Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
  • Operating System
    Windows XP Pro 32bit w/SP3
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot®
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
    Memory
    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
    Screen Resolution
    up to 2048 x 1536
    Hard Drives
    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
    Lite-On LH-18A1P CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
    Cooling
    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
    Keyboard
    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    100/100
    Browser
    Firefox 3.x ??
    Antivirus
    Symantec (Norton)
    Other Info
    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?183088-5000-B-E-on-M2N32-SLI-Dlx-Overclocked&p=2891724#post2891724
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