Dolby has revealed that the upcoming Xbox Series S and Series X will be the first consoles with Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision HDR gaming support. Dolby Atmos #D surround sound will be activated at launch, while Dolby Vision HDR gaming is set to come in 2021.
Dolby Atmos is more of a known quantity and is already available in some games. It could improve the way you play games, as it distributes each sound in three-dimensional space “so you can pinpoint its location in the game,” Dolby said.
With Dolby Vision, the company promises 40 times brighter highlights, 10 times deeper black levels and up to 12-bits of color depth. That will all depend on your TV or monitor, however, as most displays only work with 10-bits of color depth and few come even close to Dolby Vision’s maximum brightness levels.
While current Xbox One models support Dolby Atmos/Vision already, that only supports Netflix and other streaming media, not games. With the Xbox Series X and S, moreover, both Dolby Vision and Atmos will work with streaming media and support games.
The Xbox One X basically supported Dolby Vision for gaming, but the feature never left Microsoft’s testing phase. You can now paly several games on PC using Dolby Vision HDR-like Battlefield 1, but there has never been full episode support of until now.