Microsoft has announced plans to bring Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) support for gaming to Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles, through its Xbox Insider test program. The imminent update brings the feature to games on Microsoft’s latest consoles, first rolling out to Alpha Skip Ahead and Alpha rings of the Xbox Insider program.
Dolby Vision first hits Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S owners enrolled in its bleeding-edge test rings, ahead of a broader release promised for later this year. Microsoft stresses this work-in-progress implementation might not represent its final experience, with plans to improve Dolby Vision support throughout the process.
Dolby Vision is the company’s in-house High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology bringing a wider color gamut and increased contrast ratio across supported content. While Xbox consoles have supported the open HDR10 standard since 2016, Dolby Vision support brings an alternative HDR solution. Dolby Vision, superior on paper, brings improved color tuning, adjusting visuals on a frame-by-frame with dynamic data while pushing more colors and higher peak brightness. The results hinge on the content but it has the potential to upgrade visuals for many games on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.
Xbox consoles have previously supported Dolby Vision for video streaming, limited to select supported apps like Netflix and Disney+. The update marks its long-promised expansion into gaming, delivering similar benefits for interactive content.
Using Dolby Vision requires a Dolby Vision-compatible display, far from guaranteed in the current TV market. While many of the best 4K TVs for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S support Dolby Vision, check with your manufacturer for specifications on your model.