Xbox Series X and S: Dolby Vision HDR support is coming

    Microsoft had long promised it, Dolby Vision HDR support is coming to video games on Xbox Series X and S.

    With the current shortage, it is sometimes difficult to realize that the new generation of consoles really started in November 2020. Several months after this launch, Microsoft and Sony continue to work on the experience on their consoles, in particular, to provide functions already promised. We wait for an example for the possibility to add an SSD to the PS5 for this summer and on Microsoft's side, we have to talk about Dolby Vision support again.

    What games are Dolby Vision HDR compatible with?

    For several years now, consoles have started to integrate HDR support. This technology makes it possible to improve the quality of the display by giving the screen more information, metadata on the contrasts and the brightness of each part of the image to be broadcast. Among the different standards that exist in the world of HDR, Dolby Vision is one of the most demanding with its 12-bit encoding and more rigorous control to keep the image worked on during production until the final rendering at the screen.

    At the launch of Xbox Series X, Microsoft offered Dolby Vision compatibility for video content on services like Netflix or Disney +, but not on Blu-rays or video games. Today, the firm is starting to integrate video games into its HDR offering. This is a first for Dolby.

    The big question now is: how do games transmit HDR metadata to the Dolby Vision system, and therefore which games are compatible? The answer is not yet very clear. Basically, it's up to every game to be updated to support Dolby Vision. In fact, a Forbes article reported by The Verge shows that in March, users were able to discover that all games automatically work in Dolby Vision.

    It should be remembered that Microsoft also offers an “Auto HDR” function for Xbox games, in order to offer HDR even on non-compatible games and in particular old Xbox and Xbox 360 games.

    How to test the Dolby Vision display?

    Microsoft first offers members of the Insider program in the alpha loop to test the Dolby Vision function. Must therefore enroll in the Insider program to take advantage of the moment.

    Dolby Vision will be available for testing starting this week of May 14, 2021. Microsoft warns that for optimal display it may be necessary to update the firmware of the TV.

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