Has Microsoft outperformed Sony just once in the next-generation console war? Dolby today confirmed that the Xbox Series X and Series S will be the first game consoles to be supported both Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos Surround Sound in games.
“Current Xbox One consoles support HDR10 and Dolby Vision for apps, but game support is limited to simple HDR10. Xbox Series X and Series S will be the first consoles to support Dolby Vision HDR format with dynamic metadata for games,” it says on the Dolby website.
This could be a huge benefit for the new Xboxes as they will be able to display enhanced, dynamic HDR on future Dolby Vision supporting discs and streams. According to Dolby, gamers can expect superb contrast and depth that “goes beyond traditional HDR games”
Support for Dolby Vision won’t arrive until 2021, but according to Dolby, both Series X and S Series will support the impressive Dolby Atmos audio format with surround sound when launched.
Which games support Atmos? So far, Dolby has confirmed this open world action adventure Cyberpunk 2077, Call of Duty: Warzone, Ori, F1 2020 and Gears 5 will all be Atmos-enabled for games, although probably all games that Atmos already support via One X and One S (Forza Horizon 4is also played in Atmos via the new consoles, for example.
Neither Microsoft nor Dolby have released full details, but we’re expecting an improved version of the Dolby Vision HDR that is currently supported by Xbox One (in limited form).
All of that brings us to the Sony PS5. So far, Sony has not disclosed the price, release date, or whether the PS5 supports Dolby Vision HDR or the competing HDR10 + format. What we do know is that Sony promises that Sony’s Atmos rival, 3D Audio, will allow PS5 players to “hear single raindrops”.
We expect a big PS5 announcement soon. In the meantime, Xbox fans, the arrival of the Series X seems like a great excuse to buy a new Dolby Vision TV.
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