Microsoft has announced this week to bring Dolby Vision to Xbox One S and Xbox One X consoles via an update. This means that users of these game consoles can view Dolby Vision content via streaming services such as Netflix.
Dolby Vision to Xbox One X and One S
The Xbox One X and Xbox One S already support HDR10 (the most commonly used HDR standard), but users’ responses also showed that much demand is for support for Dolby Vision, the HDR format from Dolby. Microsoft has listened because the support will soon be added through a software update. Initially, Dolby Vision support will only be available for streaming video – not for gaming or Blu-ray. In the first instance, this only concerns Netflix – Amazon and Vudu are not yet supported. The update will be rolled out in the coming weeks.
Dolby Vision uses dynamic metadata to optimize the HDR representation per scene. This is in contrast to HDR10, where there is one HDR setting for the entire film or broadcast. It is striking that Microsoft adds the support through a software update since Dolby recently indicated that Dolby Vision can only be supported on a specific chip. It now seems that Dolby has found a detour via software.