Xbox Series S and X to support Dolby Vision and Atmos

Xbox Series S and X to support Dolby Vision and Atmos

Two intriguing new technologies coming to Microsoft's next-generation Xbox Series X console is support for Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision. Together, they make up two of the most in-demand technologies on high-end televisions, making both versions of Microsoft's upcoming console desirable for those with top-tier TVs. Not just for gaming, but TV and movies streamed through the system, too.

Dolby Vision is one form of HDR, and works noticeably better and prettier than HDR10. It's arguably comparable to HDR10+ and is specifically not found on Samsung TVs, but everywhere else you look it's a top-tier HDR feature that can make a real difference to movies, TV, and in some cases, games too.

Dolby Atmos is a surround sound audio technology that typically leverages a greater array of smaller speakers to give individual sounds their own placement within your soundspace. They're not entirely necessary though. Microsoft claims that the two new consoles will support Dolby Atmos in headphones, surround setups, and through soundbars (though in a more limited capacity).

Microsoft claims that the Xbox Series X and S will be the "first" consoles to debut with these technologies, suggesting that they may well be something we see on the PS5 too. That's not been announced as of yet, though, so don't hold us to it.

Does your TV or sound setup support either of these technologies? Would it help sway you towards Microsoft's next-gen systems?