On Monday, Microsoft published a now deleted blog post on Xbox Wire France who claimed that Dolby Vision and Atmos will be Xbox console exclusives for two years. (You can read a cached version of the blog here.) On Tuesday, however, Microsoft said the message contained incorrect information and that actually is not entered into an exclusive agreement.
“A blog post was accidentally published by a local Xbox team with incorrect information about the exclusivity of Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision on Xbox Series X|S,” said a Microsoft spokesperson. The edge. “There is no exclusivity agreement of either technology on Xbox. We are proud to partner with Dolby to bring Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision to gamers on Xbox and will be sharing more information about the general availability of Dolby Vision on Xbox Series X|S soon.”
Microsoft’s statement has been carefully worded to suggest, without confirming, that rival platforms like the PS5 and Nintendo Switch could get the advanced surround sound and HDR technology in the future. Technically, the PS5 already supports Dolby Atmos, but only for Blu-ray movies. While Nintendo has traditionally only offered limited support for surround sound or advanced display output, the company expects to release an enhanced “Switch Pro” in September, where Dolby’s technology may fit better.
The Xbox Series X and S already support Dolby Atmos and support for Dolby Vision could be rolled out widely soon – Microsoft began testing Dolby Vision on the Xbox Series X and S in mid-May with testers in the Xbox Insider “alpha ring” -group . Microsoft also offered Dolby Vision on its Xbox One S and One X consoles, but it wasn’t really used for games; Dolby has been advertising since September 2020 that the Xbox Series X and Series S would be the first consoles to support both while gaming.