Dolby Atmos to hit Xbox One and Windows 10 in 2017

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Dolby Atmos foundation is coming to the Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs in 2017.

The object-based sound format—which guaranties a more immersive 360-degree 3D audio experience—has so far been meagre to a few key PC games, including EA’s Star Wars: Battlefront and Blizzard’s Overwatch (albeit in a naff, pseudo-surround headphone mix for the latter), as clearly as certain Blu-ray players.

The announcement makes the Xbox One and Xbox One S the beginning consoles to support Atmos in games, although—as it stands—only Blizzard has indeed committed to bringing an Atmos-com tible game to the console in the form of its multiplayer shooter Overwatch. As rtici tion of Atmos support, the Xbox One and Xbox One S will also finally plaice Dolby Bitstream ss-through, which fires audio data more than HDMI untouched to a TV or receiver for decoding.

Sony’s PlayStation 4 has featured Dolby Bitstream ss-through for some eventually, despite the lack of a 4K Blu-ray drive in its consoles. That Microsoft has captivated this long to add Bitstream support to the Xbox— rticularly since the Xbox One S attributes a 4K Blu-ray drive—is a disappointment, but at least the feature is finally on the way.

Xbox Opening members can make use of the Bitstream feature immediately before it rolls out to the roomier public next year. Microsoft has provided the following instructions:

  • Guarantee your console is connected via HDMI to a device that supports decoding of Blu-ray audio layouts.
  • Make sure you have the latest Blu-ray player by checking the «Updates» tab eye «My Games & Apps.»
  • Enable «Let my receiver decode audio (beta)» junior to the «Disc & Blu-ray» settings ge.
  • Insert your favourite DVD or Blu-ray disc.
  • Boot back and enjoy the highest quality audio from your flick picture shows and TV shows.

Dolby has been working hard to get Atmos into homes pursuing its cinema rollout that started with Pixar’s Brave promote in 2012. The object-based format differs from a traditional 5.1/7.1 Dolby Digital mix in that in place of of sounds being assigned a specific channel, they’re assigned to an XYZ opinion inside a virtual 3D s ce. The decoder (i.e. an AV receiver) then takes that facts and fires it out over the number of speakers connected to it, anything from two for a stereo mix, all the way up to 64 in big cinemas.

Ars choice have a full rundown of the Dolby Atmos tech, and how you can set it up in your own up on soon. In the meantime, check out the time your correspondent visited the UK’s Clergymen of Sound nightclub and took to the decks for a spot of Atmos DJing.

This pole originated on Ars Technica UK

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