Dolby’s hotly-anticipated Xbox Series S and Series X will be the first consoles to come with Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision HDR gaming support.
Dolby’s much-awaited Xbox Series S and Series X will support Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision HDR gaming, the company that specializes in audio noise reduction and audio encoding/compression has announced. Dolby Vision HDR gaming is slated to arrive next year, while Dolby Atmos 3D surround sound will be enabled at launch.
With Dolby Vision, the company is promising 40 times brighter highlights, 10 times deeper black levels, and up to 12-bits of color depth. This will primarily depend on your monitor or TV, however, since a large number of displays only support 10-bits of color depth and few even come close to Dolby Vision’s maximum brightness levels.
Introducing the next level of gaming.
The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are the first consoles ever with gaming in Dolby Vision® (coming soon) and Dolby Atmos® (available at launch).
@Xbox, welcome to gaming in Dolby. https://t.co/5lkpVT8ntb
— Dolby (@Dolby) September 10, 2020
Dolby Atmos is already available in some games, and it is likely to enhance your gaming in theory, as it puts each sound in three-dimensional space, allowing avid gamers to pinpoint its location in-game, Dolby explained.
The Xbox One models that are currently available on the market support Dolby Atmos/Vision, but works only with streaming media such as Netflix, not games. Both With Xbox Series X and S, both Dolby Vision and Atmos will work with streaming media, as well as supported games.
Although the Xbox One X technically supported Dolby Vision for gaming, the feature did not get out of Microsoft’s Insider testing phase. PC gamers can currently play Battlefield and several other games using Dolby Vision HDR, but full console support is still unavailable.
Dolby Vision offers an enhanced HDR experience as compared to regular HDR10 as it uses dynamic metadata, which is encoded into scenes in advance. This allows creators to take full advantage of the color accuracy and extra brightness that HDR offers over regular SDR.
On the downside, Dolby Vision requires creators and hardware manufacturers to pay a license fee. Sony hasn’t announced PlayStation 5 gaming support for Dolby Atmos or Dolby Vision.
Since Dolby Vision has only appeared in testing and some PC games, it is unclear how much it will improve the gaming experience. In theory, it should be able to offer more benefits than 4K by making games more colorful and considerably brighter.