Dolby has confirmed that the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will support Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. This makes them the first game consoles in the world to support the company’s preeminent technologies, which increase immersion through dynamic HDR and spatial surround sound, respectively.
As Dolby explains on its gaming page (which now includes a section for Microsoft’s next-gen consoles), Dolby Vision is an HDR imaging technology that allows for 40x brighter highlights, 10x deeper black levels, and up to 12-bit color depth. That means games on the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S should boast some pretty incredible contrast and lighting.
“When you play in Dolby Vision, you unlock the most realistic and lifelike visuals the game has to offer, with brightness, contrast, color, and depth that goes beyond even traditional HDR games,” Dolby wrote. “Experience the world the way it was meant to be seen.”
On the other end is Dolby Atmos. This is Dolby’s latest surround-sound technology, which improves upon its predecessors (e.g., Dolby Digital, Dolby TrueHD) with a ton of additional channels – 128, to be exact. These include ceiling channels, all of which combine for an incredibly lifelike audio experience that the company dubs multi-dimensional or spatial sound.
“A leap beyond surround sound, Dolby Atmos puts you in the middle of the action by precisely placing each sound all around you in three-dimensional space, so you can quickly pinpoint its location in the game — before it’s too late,” Dolby explained.
You can check out Dolby’s gaming site for a list of televisions that support Dolby Vision. These include LG’s latest OLED TVs, which provide the ultimate in picture quality.