In a premiere for consoles, Dolby’s audiovisual pioneers announced that the upcoming Xbox S and X series will offer both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos for games.
According to the Dolby website, Microsoft’s new consoles will launch three-dimensional Dolby Atmos audio for games. Support for Dolby Vision games is expected to be available in 2021.
The website also states that Dolby Vision “delivers brightness, contrast, color and depth beyond traditional HDR games” by adding “40x brighter highlights”, “10x deeper blacks” and “up to 12-bit Color depth “offers”
Introduction to the next level of play. The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are the first consoles with games in Dolby Vision® (available soon) and Dolby Atmos® (available at launch). @ Xbox, welcome to play in Dolby. https://t.co/5lkpVT8ntbSeptember 10, 2020
While Dolby Vision HDR was technically supported for games on Xbox One X, it was only made available to testers as part of the Xbox Insiders program.
Although Dolby Vision games have never been publicly offered on a console before, it is possible to play selected games in 12-bit HDR format on the PC. EA’s Mass Effect Andromeda and Battlefield 1 both got Dolby Vision support on PC.
What about PlayStation 5?
Dolby’s confirmation of support for Dolby Atmos and Vision on Xbox Series S and X will likely deal a blow to PlayStation fans – Dolby Atmos won’t be supported on the upcoming PS5, and Dolby Vision support isn’t expected either.
Instead, Sony’s next-generation console will use a new proprietary ‘Tempest’ 3D audio format that the company developed in-house, believed to exempt the company from paying Dolby royalties.
For HDR, PS5 is expected to only offer standard HDR10 support as the company has taken a tough stance on Samsung’s HDR10 + format. Sony President and COO Mike Fasulo told TechRadar, “Our priorities are on other technologies and delivery systems and on us.” I will stay focused there. “