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Xbox Series X Has a Killer New Feature that PS5 Can’t Match.

Date: 11 Sep 2020 –
Written By Roland Moore-Colyer –

Xbox Series X Could Hammer PS5 on Audio and HDR thanks to Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision.

Image credit: Microsoft Xbox.
(Image credit: Xbox)

Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will be the first consoles to come with both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos tech, promising high-end high dynamic range HDR and powerful immersive audio. 

Dolby posted an update on its website that noted how the upcoming next-generation Xbox console will launch with Dolby Atmos support and then get Dolby Vision in 2021. That’s pretty exciting stuff, especially when we consider how the Xbox Series X will already be bringing 4K resolution gaming at 60 frames per second as well as immersive ray-tracing capabilities. 

For the uninitiated, Dolby Vision is one of the more exacting HDR standards, in that it demands a certain level of brightness and color reproduction. And Dolby Atmos is an audio format that delivers immersive sound, with physical or virtual systems building upon surround sound by having overhead audio channels. Modern cinemas have Dolby Atmos seeker systems, so you can consider the audio format as one of the best around for immersive sound. 

Bringing all that to the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series means games that support HDR will have “10x deeper black levels” and “40x brighter highlights.” Combined with a touted 12-bit color depth, future Xbox games, as well as those that have basic HDR support, are set to look very impressive.

Image credit: Dolby.
Image credit: Dolby

And Dolby Atmos will ensure that gaming on the Xbox Series X and Series S isn’t just a visual treat but an aural one as well thanks to high-end immersive sound. 

But there’s a rather large caveat in that you’ll need to ensure you have a TV and sound system that are rated for Dolby Vision and Atmos. Such hardware can be rather expensive. But it’s good to know that if you have such Dolby-grade tech available that the upcoming Xbox consoles will be able to tap into it when they arrive November 10. 

As far as we know, the PS5 won’t have Dolby Vision, which could be a big blow for the console in appealing to gamers with high-end TVs or monitors. But on the audio front, Sony is delivering its own take on 3D audio in the form of the Tempest 3D AudioTech. 

Sony’s audio tech will aim to deliver 3D sound not only through the optimized Pulse 3D wireless headset, but also existing TV and speaker setups. As such, the PS5 could deliver high-end audio without relying on expensive sound-and-vision kit. 

All in all, the next-gen consoles look set to deliver the most immersive gaming experiences yet. The leap in graphics fidelity might not be as significant as it once was, but games are promising to be more detailed and realistic in sight and sound. 

Date: 11 Sep 2020 –
Written By Roland Moore-Colyer –
Source: https://www.tomsguide.com

Xbox Series X and S first consoles with Dolby Vision + Atmos gaming support.

Date: 10 Sep 2020 –
Written by: Rasmus Larsen –

With Xbox Series X and S, Microsoft and Dolby are for the first time bringing Dolby Vision support, in addition to Atmos, to console gaming. The first Dolby Vision games will arrive in 2021.

DOLBY VISION AND ATMOS GAMING:
Current Xbox One consoles support HDR10 and Dolby Vision for apps, but gaming support is limited to basic HDR10. Xbox Series X and Series S will be the first consoles to support the Dolby Vision HDR format with dynamic metadata for gaming.  You’ll also experience the same great audio on Xbox Series S that you will on Xbox Series X”.

With Spatial Sound, including support for Dolby Atmos. What’s more, support for Dolby Vision via streaming media apps like Disney+, Vudu and Netflix will be available across Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X at launch, and Dolby Vision support for gaming will come first to our next-gen Xbox consoles in 2021,” announced Microsoft.

Microsoft and Dolby have not provided details on the implementation but we expect it to be based on the same ‘low latency’ version of Dolby Vision that is currently supported on Xbox One for apps. With the low latency version the console/player takes over the heavy lifting (Dolby Vision processing) from the TV. The challenge with the low latency mode is that it is not universally supported by all Dolby Vision-compatible TVs; examples of excluded TVs being 2016 LG OLED models and 2016-17 Vizio models. As a result, Dolby Vision officially became a fragmented format last year.

If you own a more recent Dolby Vision-compatible TV you should be ready for the action, but the big question of course is whether there will be any benefit over standard HDR10 format that already offers expanded luminance and color range? We will not know for sure until we try it but the scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame dynamic metadata of Dolby Vision may improve the HDR presentation on TVs with less capable display hardware.

CYBERPUNK 2077' WILL SUPPORT DOLBY ATMOS ON XBOX SERIES X AND S. PHOTO: DOLBY.
CYBERPUNK 2077′ WILL SUPPORT DOLBY ATMOS ON XBOX SERIES X AND S. PHOTO: DOLBY.

FIRST DOLBY VISION GAMES IN 2021:
We will have to wait a little longer for games with Dolby Vision support to be announced. The first ones should arrive sometime in 2021.

“With support for Dolby Atmos games at launch and Dolby Vision games coming in 2021, the Xbox Series X and Series S will be the first consoles ever to enable gaming in both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos,” said Dolby.

Dolby confirmed that titles like Cyberpunk 2077, F1 2020, Gears 5, Call of Duty: Warzone, and Ori and the Will of the Wisps will support Atmos sound on Xbox Series X and Series S. Current Xbox One consoles also support Atmos for gaming.

Sony has yet to confirm if it will support Dolby’s video and audio formats for gaming although we expect it to support at least Dolby Atmos for apps and UHD Blu-ray. For immersive audio in gaming, Sony has developed its own object-based 3D audio format called ‘Tempest Audio’ that it claims to be better than Atmos in part because it supports more audio objects.

Date: 10 Sep 2020 –
Written by: Rasmus Larsen –
Source: https://www.flatpanelshd.com