Updated: Microsoft told Techradar that there is no exclusive agreement for Dolby Atmos or Dolby Vision on Xbox Series X | S. In a request for comments, a Microsoft spokesperson said: “A blog message has been published by mistake by a local Xbox team that included inaccurate information about the exclusivity of Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision on Xbox Series X | S. There is no exclusivity agreement of each technology on Xbox. We are proud to partner in Dolby to offer Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision to Xbox players and will have more share on the general availability of Dolby Vision on Xbox Series X | S sooner “.
This means that nothing prevents Sony from offering Dolby Atmos or Dolby Vision on PS5 in the future, especially not an exclusive agreement between Dolby and Microsoft.
Original story: PS5 could get the support of Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision after all – but maybe we should wait at least two years before the two technologies are available on the Sony console.
So why the wait? Well, it turns out that Microsoft could have a two-year exclusive transaction to keep both Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, which means that neither the PS5 or possibly the Nintendo Switch Pro will benefit from both types of technology until this agreement has expired.
The timed exclusivity agreement has been revealed in a blog on Xbox Wire France, which has since been removed (but a cached version is available). Although this is not a definitive confirmation of such a case, it could explain why the Microsoft console is currently supporting ATMOS and Dolby Vision at that time.
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The question is: If Sony includes Sony Dolby Atmos on PS5, although it was available? Maybe not. The company has chosen to use its own spatial audio technology, called Tempest 3D Audio.
Nevertheless, it would be nice to see that consumers receive more choices, while Dolby Atmos has grown in popularity in recent years with a number of games offering native audio format.
Dolby Vision would also be welcomed on streaming applications on PS5, which do not currently support the format, which is Netflix’s HDR format (and found in small doses on Amazon Prime Video). We still have to see the impact of Dolby Vision on the game, but can assume that it is something that consumers would like at least the opportunity to try.