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UPDATE: Microsoft provided the following quote about this issue:

“A blog post was mistakenly published by a local Xbox team that included inaccurate information regarding exclusivity of Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision on Xbox Series X|S. There is no exclusivity agreement of either tech on Xbox. We are proud to partner with Dolby to offer Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision to gamers on Xbox and will have more to share about the general availability of Dolby Vision on Xbox Series X|S soon.” – a Microsoft spokesperson

Sony PlayStation 5 can’t. And Nintendon’t. And that’s because Microsoft has a two-year console exclusive on Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

News of this exclusivity comes via Engadget, which reported that the French version of the Xbox Wire Blog published a post that mentioned this fact. That post, alas, has disappeared.

But the exclusive has not: Where Xbox Series X|S users support both Dolby Vision, an advanced form of HDR, and Dolby Atmos, which provides immersive 3D sound that goes beyond surround sound, the PlayStation 5 series and Nintendo Switch do not.

Of course, there are some caveats.

Dolby Vision HDR for gaming is only in very early testing on Xbox Series X/S, so it probably won’t appear for most users until late this year. And Dolby Atmos requires a $15 fee, though Xbox Wireless Headset buyers will get that for free through the end of September.

Tagged with Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5

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