Dolby Vision Comes to the Xbox One

Posted on August 31, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Games, Xbox One with 5 Comments

If you watch a lot of movies or TV shows on your Xbox, you may be glad to know that there’s a big new feature coming to the Xbox One. Microsoft has started testing support for Dolby Vision with Insiders for the Xbox One S and the Xbox One X.

With Dolby Vision support, Xbox One owners will be able to view content from Netflix in a much richer quality. Dolby Vision support will only work with your Xbox if your TV actually supports Dolby Vision HDR, however. There are more than 400 hours of Dolby Vision-supported content on Netflix, by the way.

“When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver colors never seen before on a screen, incredible contrast, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. The result is a refined, lifelike image that will make you forget you are looking at a screen,” Microsoft said in a blog post.

Dolby Vision support is only available to Xbox Insiders in the Alpha Skip Ahead and Alpha rings, but it will be available to the general public later on.

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5 responses to “Dolby Vision Comes to the Xbox One”

  1. Polycrastinator

    Are they going to support Dolby Vision on 4K disks and from other online sources in the future? I've found a noticeable difference on my set going from HDR10 to Dolby VIsion, so this is a real benefit (to be clear, in my case I have a standalone 4K disk player, I've not used an XBox for this).

    • ZeroPageX

      In reply to Polycrastinator:

      I certainly hope so. I would buy one if they had that. With all the streaming apps I use and certain games available on the store, I could replace my Roku and PS4 with one device and have 4K Bluray support.

      I'll have to go with a stand-alone player if they don't. Which one do you have? Do you like it?

      • Polycrastinator

        In reply to ZeroPageX:

        I have a Sony UBP-X700. I’d love to recommend it but my feelings are kind of mixed. It was sold as Dolby Vision Ready, with an update later to support it which has now come out, but it does this weird thing where when you turn on the Dolby Vision, everything comes out of it encoded that way, and for non Dolby Vision content that’s not great. For disks, that’s ok: it’s quick to toggle on and off, and disks with Dolby Vision are clearly marked, but if you’re intending to use it as a streaming box too, you need to know what has DV ahead of time which can be hard to determine. Other players switch automatically, which is the behavior you want, and it’s weird Sony couldn’t figure that out.

        All of that said, the picture quality is outstanding, the player starts up quickly and works reliably, and the upscaling of standard Blu Rays and DVDs is second to none (which is why I bought it, I have a lot of content on disk and wanted the best possible picture from it). Still, the weirdness with the DV implementation to me feels unforgivable in a $250 player. So... I don’t NOT recommend it. It’s good. But you need to be aware of its behavior and decide if that’s something you can live with for the great 4K playback and upscaling.

  2. Todd Northrop

    But not DTS.

  3. Chris_Kez

    Predictably, the announcement-related Tweet from the Xbox employee is followed by multiple unanswered Tweets asking about support for Dolby Vision discs. Surely the Xbox team knew this question would come. Why can't they just address it right away?