The next generation of gaming consoles are just around the corner with Microsoft revealing the India price and availability of the Xbox Series S and X. Sony, on the other hand, is holding an event on Wednesday night (1:30 AM Thursday to be precise) and is expected to shed light on the price and release date of the upcoming PS5. While the new consoles bring with them impressive hardware under the hood, one feature that will be a first is the ability to play games in Dolby Vision. While games such as Gears 5 (review), Call of Duty: Warzone, Crackdown 3 (review), Forza Horizon 4 and many more games on the Xbox One support Dolby Atmos today, games sadly don't support Dolby Vision on the console. Both the PS4 and Xbox One consoles can play games in HDR, but not Dolby Vision.
Dolby has announced that the next-gen Xbox consoles, the Xbox Series S and the Xbox Series X will be the first consoles to support Dolby Vision. In a tweet, Dolby says, “Introducing the next level of gaming. The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are the first consoles ever with gaming in Dolby Vision (coming soon) and Dolby Atmos (available at launch). @Xbox, welcome to gaming in Dolby.”
Introducing the next level of gaming.— Dolby (@Dolby) September 10, 2020
The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are the first consoles ever with gaming in Dolby Vision® (coming soon) and Dolby Atmos® (available at launch).
@Xbox, welcome to gaming in Dolby. https://t.co/5lkpVT8ntb
So how does gaming in Dolby Vision enhance your gaming experience? Well to begin with, you need to have a TV capable of Dolby Vision. Once that is taken care off, gamers can expect 40x brighter highlights, 10x deeper blacks and up to 12-bit colour depth. When it comes to Dolby Atmos, Dolby says, “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.” Interestingly, Sony has been working on developing its own 3D audio tech to enhance the audio experience from games on the PS5 rather than resorting to a ready-made solution like Dolby Atmos.
The only place where the current console generation - the Xbox One and the PS4 support Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision is from streaming services like Netflix which offers content in both the formats.
Currently, games are available in HDR on the Xbox One S, One X and PS4 but as more and more TVs support Dolby Vision, it is natural for the technology to make its mark in games. It remains to be seen whether we will be able to play games in Dolby Vision on the PS5.
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