Dolby announced that the upcoming Xbox Series X and S are set to get both Atmos and Vision gaming support in 2021. For those who don’t know, Dolby Vision and Atmos aim to elevate TV and film by providing better viewing and sound experiences.
Dolby Vision acts as a more enhanced HDR experience that pushes a wide colour gamut to supported TVs that goes beyond traditional HDR. Vision allows for more brightness and contrast than HDR meaning more areas of the screen can get darker and lighter. In addition, Dolby Vision allows for the game to automatically adjust the TV settings as you play so there’s no more brightness menu to try and fiddle with.
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
As for Dolby Atmos, this is a sound feature than enhances audio in certain media. The license aims to put you in the middle of the action by precisely placing sounds around the user in a three-dimensional space. This is done without headphone in certain cases too. All you need is a supported soundbar or surround sound system.
The same goes for Dolby Vision. Those of you who want to experience this visual enhancement will need to own specific TV sets in order to do so. At the moment, only certain LG and Sony TV sets include it. LG and the OLED range and Sony in its Bravia range. Samsung makes use of HDR and HDR+.
With that being said, the Xbox Series X | S is the first console to incorporate Doby Vision and Atmos into video games. However, the feature set is available on the Xbox One X and S but only through dedicated streaming apps. Not in video games. It will be interesting to see how this feature set looks in gaming when it arrives sometime in 2021. Find out more about it here.