Dolby Atmos Support finally available for Xbox One S

By: Costea Lestoc
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Dolby Atmos is a surround sound technology that was released in June of 2012, first for Pixar’s Brave. Later, Sony managed to bring support for Dolby Atmos to its PS4, with Xbox One fans disappointed because they felt left out. This year, Microsoft announced that its new Xbox One S console would receive support for this surround sound technology with the Windows 10 Creators Update. Major Nelson, Director of Programming for the Microsoft gaming network Xbox Live, just informed Xbox One S Preview users that the feature would start rolling out this week.

Gamers who are part of the Xbox One Preview Program will receive a new update that adds support Dolby Atmos to the Xbox One and Xbox One S. Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb announced that the feature, which was promised in October, is facilitated via Bitstream pass-through and can be found under Blu-Ray disc options under “Let my receiver decode audio (beta).”

The Xbox One S is 40% smaller than the original Xbox One and supports 4K TVs thanks to the new HDMI 2.0 standard which makes it possible for films and TV shows to be streamed at 60Hz. Also, the console has two USB ports, IR out on the front, optical audio out, as well as Ethernet while getting rid of the Kinect port. The device is available in three storage options: 500GB, 1TB and 2TB and is powered by an octa-core AMD custom CPU running at 1.75GHz, all of which is coupled with a Radeon GPU (increased from 853MHz to 914MHz) and 8GB of DDR3 RAM.

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