Xbox One S and X receive Dolby Vision support for Netflix Premium members

Jul

12

2018

Microsoft makes the preview of system update 1810 available to users of the Xbox Insiders program. This means that the Xbox One S and X support Dolby Vision with video streams. For the time being, this can only be used with the Netflix app.

Dolby Vision Microsoft reports that the system update adds support for Dolby Vision for both Xbox One consoles, but it does note that users can only experience the Dolby Labs hdr format if they have the Netflix Premium subscription. That is the most expensive and only subscription of Netflix that allows users to view series and films in high dynamic range .

With that, the support for Dolby Vision on the Xbox consoles seems to be limited to Netflix for the time being. Whether it will eventually be possible to view uhd-blu-rays with Dolby Vision on both consoles is not clear. In addition, users of an Xbox One S or One X with the new system update also need a television that supports Dolby Vision; Among other things, the LG OLEDTV have this support as standard.

The preview of system update 1810 is now available to insiders, but not all new functionality is immediately available; it may take several weeks before the new features can actually be used. In addition to the support for Dolby Vision there is also an update of the Narrator functionality: texts that come into view can now also be read in Dutch. Furthermore, users can place an avatar on the dashboard and the search function shows those games that the user owns, whether or not via services such as the Xbox Game Pass or EA Access.

Both the Xbox One S and the One X already had support for Dolby Atmos, an audio format that, just like DTS: X, can handle object-based signals with height information. In addition to the Xbox One consoles, the media players Apple TV 4K and the Google Chromecast Ultra are the only other two devices that support both Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision, even if it is not Netflix.

Dolby Vision offers a better HDR reproduction compared to the widely used HDR10, in particular because dynamic metadata is used with Dolby Vision. For example, the contrast and brightness can be optimized per frame or per scene, instead of being static for the entire video. Dolby Vision also supports 12-bit color reproduction and a maximum brightness of 10,000 cd / m²; with hdr10 this goes up to 10bit color rendering and up to 4000 cd / m².

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