Microsoft is starting to roll out Dolby Vision gaming to Xbox Series X and S consoles registered to users that are a part of the Xbox Insider’s program.
Microsoft’s Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hryb announced the news in a tweet today. According to Microsoft, the new feature means “brighter highlights, sharper contrast, and more vibrant colors” in games, as long as your next-gen console is connected to a TV that supports Dolby Vision.
Get ready to transform your gaming experience with full-spectrum visuals! Rolling out to Xbox Insiders this week: Dolby Vision for gaming on Xbox Series X|S. pic.twitter.com/iU2RktHvPG
— Larry Hryb (@majornelson) May 14, 2021
Dolby announced in September, ahead of both Xbox Series consoles’ launch, that X and S would be “the first consoles to support the Dolby Vision HDR format with dynamic metadata for gaming” sometime in 2021. Both consoles already support HDR, but it’s HDR10 – a less advanced standard for HDR video.
Users enrolled in the Xbox Insider program will want to check the specs to make sure their TV supports the Dolby Vision HDR format, in addition to making sure their TV has installed the latest firmware update to take advantage of the features.
This is not the first time members of the Xbox Insider Alpha ring have received access to test out the feature. In March, Forbes reported that Xbox Insiders noticed all HDR games were outputting Dolby Vision instead of only a select handful of games that were supposed to support the feature, with testers noticing improvements to various things brightness and color saturation in HDR games.
Still, the feature was limited to a refresh rate of 60Hz, but the publication noted that TV manufacturers are working with Dolby to enable the standard to work at 120Hz. But it’s unknown which games will currently support the feature during the initial alpha testing, and Microsoft has yet to say when the Dolby Vision standard will be available to all users.
As with most Insider updates, the feature will be rolled out to select users first, with a general release likely to come a little way down the line after mass testing. We’ve recently seen Xbox roll out new Quick Resume features, as well as dropping certain Xbox Games With Gold requirements for Insiders before committing to the idea wholesale.
Taylor is the Associate Tech Editor at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.
Source: IGN Video Games All