Dolby Atmos is more of a well-known quantity and is already available in some games. In theory, this could improve your game, as each sound is placed in three-dimensional space “so you can pinpoint its position in the game,” said Dolby.
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)
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While current Xbox One models already support Dolby Atmos / Vision, this only works with Netflix and other streaming media, not games. However, on the Xbox X and S series, Dolby Vision and Atmos work with streaming media and supported games.
The Xbox One X technically supported Dolby Vision for games, but the feature never ended in Microsoft’s insider testing phase. You can currently play multiple games on PC with Dolby Vision HDR such as Battlefield 1However, until now there has never been full console support.
Dolby Vision generally provides a better HDR experience than regular HDR10 because it uses “dynamic metadata” that is pre-encoded into scenes. This allows developers to take full advantage of the additional brightness and color accuracy that HDR offers over normal SDR. The disadvantage of Dolby Vision is that developers and hardware manufacturers have to pay a license fee.
Sony hasn’t announced PlayStation 5 game support for Dolby Atmos or Dolby Vision yet. With Dolby Vision only showing up in tests and a few PC games so far, it’s by no means clear how much it will improve the gaming experience. In theory, however, it should offer more benefits than 4K by making games significantly brighter and more colorful.