Dolby Vision coming to Xbox One X and S
HDR with the X Factor
32The Xbox One X and One S are to receive an update bringing Dolby Vision HDR capability for streaming services.
For the time being that means Netflix, only, for UK customers with no word on whether Microsoft will bring Dolby Vision playback to the Ultra HD disc capable player inside the consoles, or for games. The 1810 update is rolling out now to ‘Xbox Insiders’ – i.e. those on the Preview programme – although Microsoft has pointed out that not all the new features will be available immediately.
Update 15/07/18: Microsoft has confirmed Dolby Vision for UHD Blu-ray playback to come with a later update - probably in Autumn 2018
Dolby Vision enables compatible TVs to potentially take the baseline HDR10 up a level, in terms of video quality, with scene-by-scene, aka dynamic, metadata able to be carried with the signal. HDR10 ‘only’ mastered content, by contrast, maintains the same data - such as MaxFALL (Maximum Frame Average Light Level) and MaxCLL (Maximum Content Light Level) - for the whole show or movie and is therefore referred to as static. How much of a difference that makes to the viewing experience is a discussion for another time and place.
The update should reach those not receiving previews in the coming weeks with Microsoft stating you’ll need ‘a TV that supports the latest version of Dolby Vision and a Premium Netflix subscription’. Whether that means the LLDV (Low Latency Dolby Vision) profile, we guess you’ll have to wait and see.
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