This means that Microsoft’s video game console now joins the relatively short list of devices that support Dolby Vision, including the Apple TV 4K and Google’s Chromecast Ultra — which both also include Dolby Atmos support just like the Xbox One.
Microsoft is currently testing out Dolby Vision with Xbox Insiders running a beta version of the console’s dashboard, though the feature is expected to get a wider release soon. The company says that Netflix will be one of the first apps to support Dolby Vision on both the Xbox One S and Xbox One X. It’s currently unclear if more streaming apps, as well as physical Blu-ray discs, will eventually support Dolby Vision.
As it stands, it looks like Dolby Vision is set to be reserved only for video playback and not games. The Xbox One X is currently capable of supporting both HDR compatible games and video content in 4K, while the Xbox One S supports HDR games and video, but lacks 4K.
Dolby Vision is widely regarded as superior to HDR10, the other competing high-dynamic range format. Dolby’s version of HDR supports 12-bit colour depth and higher peak brightness levels than HDR10, though the difference between both forms of HDR will be negligible to most people.
That said, this is a good move on Microsoft’s part as it helps future-proof the console, especially since Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro only supports HDR10.