Xbox One Consoles Get Dolby Vision Support: Here’s Why It Matters


As promised, Microsoft has finally added Dolby Vision support for the Xbox One X and Xbox One S, which should make any videophile out there who owns either of these consoles pretty ecstatic.

Both consoles already support HDR streaming and 4K Blu-ray playback, but those with TVs capable of playing Dolby Vision content have had to compromise their full enjoyment given the lack of compatibility. To date, Xbox consoles have only been able to play HDR10 content. Until now, that is.

Xbox One Consoles And Dolby Vision

Over at Xbox Wire, Xbox Insider Team Lead Bradley Rossetti says Dolby Vision will be rolling out in the coming weeks. It will provide a wider color gamut and greater contrast experience as HDR10, but the thing about Dolby Vision, unlike standard HDR, is that it doesn't choose a single profile for the entire movie or TV show; instead, it adds an additional profile that can change scene by scene. As a result, viewers are treated to a more dynamic presentation, because Dolby Vision adapts and adjusts depending on how much light and shade there is in a given scene.

Only Netflix has been mentioned to work with the feature thus far, although Microsoft could expand the feature to accommodate Blu-ray and 4K content, too, as many of them support Dolby Vision. Those with Ultra HD subscriptions on Netflix should be ready to go when the feature launches, though. Check out titles on Netflix that support HDR.

Xbox Insiders System Update 1810

Alongside Dolby Vision support, Rossetti also detailed a bunch of other improvements and new features Xbox Insiders can try now via the latest System Update 1810 Preview.

For starters, there are now a lot more accessibility options on the console, including a much-improved Narrator feature that has been updated to support five additional languages.

Microsoft is also resuming tests of the Xbox Avatar Editor. Your own avatars, along with your friend's avatars, are now also visible throughout the Xbox One dashboard.

The Search feature now also includes games users have "Ready to install" or currently own as part of certain memberships, such as Games Pass and EA Access, for example.

As with every preview release, Microsoft is counting on Insiders to give feedback so it can ultimately make the experience better and iron out the kinks.

Are you an Xbox Insider? Any thoughts about the latest System Update Preview so far? As always, if you have anything to share, feel free to sound them off in the comments section below!

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