Microsoft France claims Dolby two-year exclusivity deal for Xbox Series X but quickly...

Cal Jeffrey

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Facepalm: A pitfall of large companies is that sometimes communication lines can get crossed, especially with overseas counterparts. Microsoft seemed to have had this problem yesterday when its French blog moderators posted "inaccurate information" about Xbox Series X|S having exclusive rights to Dolby Vision and Atmos.

Last month, Microsoft announced that Dolby Vision is coming to the Xbox Series X|S. On Monday, the French version of Xbox Wire claimed that Dolby Vision and Atmos would be exclusive to its next-gen console for two years. However, that does not appear to be true.

Microsoft deleted the post (archived here) on Tuesday before issuing a statement declaring it has no exclusivity agreement with Dolby.

"A blog post was mistakenly published by a local Xbox team that included inaccurate information regarding exclusivity of Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision on Xbox Series X|S," a spokesperson told The Verge. "There is no exclusivity agreement of either tech on Xbox. We are proud to partner with Dolby to offer Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision to gamers on Xbox and will have more to share about the general availability of Dolby Vision on Xbox Series X|S soon."

Of course, just because there is no agreement does not mean the PlayStation 5 or Nintendo Switch will support either feature. Neither Sony nor Nintendo has announced plans to add Dolby tech to their devices. However, it is still possible.

Sony's PS5 already has Atmos when playing Blu-ray DVDs. Nothing should be stopping it from expanding support to games. Additionally, while the Switch does not currently support Dolby Vision or Atmos, its rumored Switch upgrade could be a good fit for these features.

Microsoft's next-gen consoles already have Atmos support for gaming. Although Microsoft has not said when it is arriving, it announced Dolby Vision entered alpha testing two weeks ago. So regardless of the lack of the supposed two-year exclusivity agreement, it already has a good headstart on the competition.

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duckofdeath

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....aaaaand that is why HDR10+ exists.

Dolby doing what they've always been doing. Don't buy products with Dolby Vision sham labels on them. You're only funding a sham that serves no purpose.
 

umbala

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Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital Surround EX, Dolby Digital Live, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby AC-4, Dolby TrueHD. Dolby this and Dolby that. Who needs all this crap? Dolby is just another company that comes out with junk in order to try and cling onto their dwindling profits.
 

Thretosix

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....aaaaand that is why HDR10+ exists.

Dolby doing what they've always been doing. Don't buy products with Dolby Vision sham labels on them. You're only funding a sham that serves no purpose.
Hardly. Dolby Vision and Atmos are a standard, a standard that works. It's nice to have choices. You sound like you wouldn't buy a Sony or LG TV because of this and will only buy a Samsung TV. There isn't much logic in this. I guess if it's a feature you refuse to have then have at it. LG has the best gaming TVs you can buy, not buying one because it supports Dolby Vision doesn't make much sense. This don't buy products post is just petulance at best.
 

Thretosix

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Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital Surround EX, Dolby Digital Live, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby AC-4, Dolby TrueHD. Dolby this and Dolby that. Who needs all this crap? Dolby is just another company that comes out with junk in order to try and cling onto their dwindling profits.
Not really though, they redefined sound in movies and now games / television over time.
 

duckofdeath

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Hardly. Dolby Vision and Atmos are a standard, a standard that works. It's nice to have choices. You sound like you wouldn't buy a Sony or LG TV because of this and will only buy a Samsung TV. There isn't much logic in this. I guess if it's a feature you refuse to have then have at it. LG has the best gaming TVs you can buy, not buying one because it supports Dolby Vision doesn't make much sense. This don't buy products post is just petulance at best.
They're the definition of proprietary IP, forced on an industry with lies and calculated subsidies. There is nothing standard about it.
 

Thretosix

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They're the definition of proprietary IP, forced on an industry with lies and calculated subsidies. There is nothing standard about it.
Standard as per what Dolby licensing applies: something set up and established by authority as a rule for the measure of quantity, weight, extent, value, or in this specific case quality

In order to have that standard, a license fee can be required. Dolby has been involved and we likely wouldn't have had DTS and other competitors for a while if Dolby didn't put the ground work in. It's up to you to make purchasing decisions, saying other's shouldn't because you prefer something else makes no sense. I've never had to pay extra to use Dolby technologies just compatible products, Dolby Vision just works on my TV that supports Dolby Vision with content that has Dolby Vision. So you saved $5 that was likely nullified by a sale price. It's not something to get upset about. '¯\_(ツ)_/¯

HDR10+ is not the same quality as Dolby Vision. You should research dynamic HDR.
 
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Thretosix

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Standard as per what Dolby licensing applies: something set up and established by authority as a rule for the measure of quantity, weight, extent, value, or in this specific case quality

In order to have that standard, a license fee can be required. Dolby has been involved and we likely wouldn't have had DTS and other competitors for a while if Dolby didn't put the ground work in. It's up to you to make purchasing decisions, saying other's shouldn't because you prefer something else makes no sense. I've never had to pay extra to use Dolby technologies just compatible products, Dolby Vision just works on my TV that supports Dolby Vision with content that has Dolby Vision. So you saved $5 that was likely nullified by a sale price. It's not something to get upset about. '¯\_(ツ)_/¯

HDR10+ is not the same quality as Dolby Vision. You should research dynamic HDR.
It's not the same. Sorry, thanks for playing. Do your research.