On Monday, Microsoft published a now deleted blog post on Xbox Wire France claiming that Dolby Vision and Atmos will be Xbox console exclusive for two years. (You can read a cached version of the blog here.) On Tuesday, however, Microsoft said that the post had inaccurate information and that it was in fact is not it an exclusivity agreement in place.
“A blog post was incorrectly published by a local Xbox team that contained inaccurate information about the exclusivity of Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision on the Xbox Series X | S,” said a Microsoft spokesman. The Verge. “There is no exclusivity agreement for any of the technologies on Xbox. We̵
Microsoft’s statement is carefully worded in such a way that suggests, without confirming, that competing platforms such as PS5 and Nintendo Switch may get the advanced surround sound and HDR technology in the future. Technically, the PS5 already supports Dolby Atmos, but only for Blu-ray movies. While Nintendo has traditionally only offered limited support for surround sound or advanced screen output, the company expected to release an upgraded “Switch Pro” as soon as September, where Dolby’s technology may be better suited.
Xbox Series X and S already support Dolby Atmos, and support for Dolby Vision may soon be launched – Microsoft began testing Dolby Vision on Xbox Series X and S with testers in the Xbox Insider “alpha ring” group in mid-May. Microsoft also offered Dolby Vision on the Xbox One S and One X consoles, but it was not really used for games; Dolby has been announcing since September 2020 that the Xbox Series X and Series S would be the first consoles to support both during games.