Microsoft Brings Dolby Vision to Xbox: Dolby Vision on the Xbox, Explained

Dolby Vision

You may have seen Dolby Vision on TVs and a few other devices; but now, Microsoft is bringing you the first ever game console which supports Dolby Vision through media streaming apps, such as Netflix.  As an Xbox enthusiast, this means you can enjoy incredible contrast, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker without leaving the comfort of your Xbox.

Today, some devices receive a Dolby Vision signal directly to a device with a built-in screen (i.e. TV, tablet, or phone).  As the first game console to adopt Dolby Vision technology, Dolby, in partnership with Microsoft, developed an implementation tailored to game consoles.  This leverages the power of Xbox to process and render Dolby Vision content, before sending over to the TV.  With the Xbox handling most of the processing, this creates a framework to deliver an optimal Dolby Vision experience for our users.

So why do some TVs support Dolby Vision on Xbox while others don’t?   When TVs were originally enabled for Dolby Vision, gaming consoles weren’t part of the HDR ecosystem.  Since then, some TV manufacturers are working to implement support for Dolby Vision on game consoles, and Dolby is working with TV OEMs to update TVs currently in market.  Dolby will continue to list TVs supporting Dolby Vision for Xbox as they are available, here.  Together, Dolby and Microsoft are working diligently to ensure the Xbox eco-system is able to enjoy the benefits of the technology.

As technology evolves, Xbox is always looking for ways to deliver premium experiences to our customers, such as Dolby Vision.  As an Xbox Insider, be sure to check back in for more information on exciting new features.

Note: If your TV is on the list of compatible devices, please check for a firmware update from your TV OEM.  Otherwise, for more information, please contact your TV OEM.