Dolby Vision gaming is coming to Xbox Series X|S

jsilva

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In brief: Microsoft has announced that Dolby Vision is coming soon to the Xbox Series X|S, making them the first gaming consoles to feature the technology. Insider Alpha Ring members can experience Dolby Vision gaming now, while the rest of gamers will have to wait for the test phase to end.

A few weeks ago, Xbox Series X|S owners were teased with the upcoming support for Dolby Vision gaming in their consoles. Those who took a look at the Xbox Series X's General 4K TV details were surprised with a check if their TVs supported Dolby Vision at 4K 60/120Hz or not.

Dolby had already announced that the Xbox Series X and Series S would support Dolby Vision HDR, but only now we are seeing it being rolled out to Insiders. With this, Dolby Vision is added to the list of enhancement technologies supported by the new Xbox consoles, which also include HDR10 and Dolby Atmos.

In a way, Dolby Vision is like the next generation of HDR. Although HDR can offer brighter visuals with vivid colors and deeper blacks, it has to be tuned depending on the display, settings, and content. Dolby Vision, on the other hand, automatically sets up as long as you're using a compatible display and watching content created in Dolby Vision, therefore, it becomes more convenient for the end-user.

"Dolby Vision games automatically map to your Dolby Vision display as you play, so you're always seeing the full picture." the company said. In a separate statement, Dolby also informed that it's developing "a new enhancement created by Dolby and Microsoft for HDR gaming content that enables a more accurate HDR gaming experience when connected to a Dolby Vision-enabled TV."

More details about Xbox Series X|S support for Dolby Vision are coming soon, including which games will fully benefit from it.

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jonny888

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It's worth noting that right now Dolby Vision on Xbox doesn't seem to work on many/any TVs when run at 4K 120Hz. It drops back down to 4k@60Hz -
. Something they'll probably fix if they can but might cause a hard no from some who value refresh rate on games that can push it.
 

yukka

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I also saw something about Dolby Vision on Xbox running a generic range rather than interrogating the TV to find the optimal settings. Maybe fixing that is they”new enhancement” they are considering.

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The version of Dolby vision that was running on the Xbox series X at release was low latency dolby vision which is known as “player led Dolby vision”. All the tone mapping etc is done on Xbox rather than by the tv so the results aren’t as accurate because it won’t be allowing a tv with a proper Dolby vision chip to do it’s own tone mapping. Interesting video about how Dolby vision is not supported by the 1X or the Series X on 4K blue-ray because it’s using this version

 
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Thretosix

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It's worth noting that right now Dolby Vision on Xbox doesn't seem to work on many/any TVs when run at 4K 120Hz. It drops back down to 4k@60Hz -
. Something they'll probably fix if they can but might cause a hard no from some who value refresh rate on games that can push it.
Yeah I've been trying to keep up on this myself. I have a Sony X900H and it won't allow Dolby Vision and 120Hz at least at this time anyways and nothing that leads me to believe it will. I'd be fine with Dolby Vision gaming at 60 anyways if it is available as long as it doesn't hinder input refresh rates.

HDTVtest I believe is one of the best if not the best channels on YouTube for this information. I tend to watch his videos even if it doesn't pertain to what I have for equipment. Also known for some great double entendre remarks.
 

yukka

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Yeah I've been trying to keep up on this myself. I have a Sony X900H and it won't allow Dolby Vision and 120Hz at least at this time anyways and nothing that leads me to believe it will. I'd be fine with Dolby Vision gaming at 60 anyways if it is available as long as it doesn't hinder input refresh rates.

HDTVtest I believe is one of the best if not the best channels on YouTube for this information. I tend to watch his videos even if it doesn't pertain to what I have for equipment. Also known for some great double entendre remarks.

With my X900F I’m stuck at 60hz :) great TV but the low number of full speed hdmi ports (2) for 4K hdr is becoming a bit of a hindrance.