Microsoft has announced that Dolby Vision gaming launches today on Xbox Series X and Series S, with more than 100 next-gen titles available in Dolby Vision.
Dolby Vision gaming
In addition to Dolby Atmos sound, all Xbox gamers can now enjoy Dolby Vision HDR in games. After announcing the news late last year, Dolby Vision gaming is officially supported on Xbox Series X/S starting today.
- "There are more than 100 next-gen HDR titles optimized for Series X|S that will feature Dolby Vision, and in the future you’ll see more games like Halo Infinite taking full advantage of Dolby Vision," said Katie Slattery, Senior Program Manager.
Games available in Dolby Vision at launch are Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War, DiRT 5, Psychonauts 2, F1 2021, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Gears 5, Borderlands 3, Immortals Fenyx Rising, Metro Exodus, and The Division 2. Halo Infinite will be "taking full advantage of Dolby Vision" when it launches in December 2021.
Dolby Vision on Xbox Series X/S will be compatible with other 'next-gen' features including 120fps, VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), raytracing, and ALLM (auto low latency mode), according to Microsoft. Xbox consoles already supported the base HDR10 format which also supports an expanded range of light and colors. Dolby Vision gaming is not supported on the Xbox One, Xbox One S or Xbox One X.
- "Games in Dolby Vision automatically map to any display that supports Dolby Vision, delivering players the benefit of seeing the best possible picture available."
Ori and the Will of the Wisps looks stunning in HDR10 and Dolby Vision
- "In addition to this curated set of Xbox Series X|S optimized titles, we also wanted to ensure the robust library of games previously released in HDR or Auto HDR would benefit as well. This led us to work with Dolby to bring new visual enhancement capabilities that utilize Dolby Vision technology to deliver an improved visual experience for thousands of existing HDR10 and Auto HDR games. When you are connected to a Dolby Vision enabled TV and Dolby Vision is enabled on Xbox Series X|S, the consoles will automatically enhance your existing games to deliver a rich, immersive experience unrivaled by any other game console," said Xbox.
Your TV must support Dolby Vision
To enjoy Dolby Vision gaming from Xbox Series X or Series X, your TV must support Dolby Vision. You should also ensure that all picture enhancement systems are deactivated in your TV's Dolby Vision mode, especially the TV's motion smoothing system as it causes significant input lag.
Dolby Vision is currently supported in 4K TVs from LG, Panasonic, Philips, Sony and others. Only LG TVs support Dolby Vision at 4K 120Hz.
Also read: No 120Hz Dolby Vision gaming on Xbox? LG, Sony & Panasonic respond
Dolby and Xbox "are working together closely with developers to provide the tools they need so their titles can take full advantage of Dolby Vision".
Xbox is the first game console to support Dolby Vision gaming. Sony's PlayStation 5 does not support Dolby Vision or Dolby Atmos for gaming.
Dolby Vision on Xbox Series X/S
In Microsoft's own words:
Check to see if your display supports Dolby Vision
To check if your display supports Dolby Vision, press the Xbox button to open the guide. Then go to Settings > General > TV & display options > 4K TV details.
Enable Dolby Vision on Xbox Series X|S
For the best Dolby Vision experience, we recommend using automatic low-latency mode (ALLM). To enable Dolby Vision, press the Xbox button to open the guide. Then press Settings > General > TV & display options > Video Modes > Dolby Vision for Gaming
Note: Make sure your Xbox and TV are running the latest firmware for the best gaming experience.