If you're an audiophile who wants the most immersive experience while playing games, listening to music or watching movies, Microsoft has some good news in store for you. Starting next year, support for Dolby Atmos sound will be rolling out to Xbox One consoles as well as Windows 10 PCs and tablets.
Emphasizing the gaming enhancements that can be achieved with Dolby Atmos, Microsoft states that gamers will be able to feel sound "moving" precisely around them. They'll be able to navigate snipers on roofs or enemies hovering before them with pinpoint accuracy. The company claims that this will make the gaming experience more intense and realistic.
Microsoft says that among all gaming consoles, the Xbox One will be the first to receive this feature. It is important to note that Atmos support is already available for the Blu-ray app on the console in the Insider Program, and the feature is now headed for general availability soon.
Mike Ybarra, Xbox’ Head of Platform Engineering, had the following to say:
At Team Xbox, we are all gamers first, and bringing Dolby Atmos support to Xbox One and Windows 10 gaming next year will bring you even further inside the action and sound of your favorite titles. A big thank you to the team at Dolby for their partnership; we’re excited to share more with the Xbox community next year.
Beyond gaming on Xbox One and Windows 10, Microsoft also promises a high-quality experience viewing other forms of media on supported devices.
Microsoft says that you'll be able to experience Dolby Atmos in your home theater - provided that you own an Atmos-enabled speaker system. However, even if you don't, you can still enjoy Dolby Atmos sound through virtually any pair of headphones. The company plans to share more details on availability next year.