Microsoft Begins Testing Redstone 5 on Xbox One

Lawrence Kim
July 12, 2018

If you have an Xbox One X or Xbox One S and consider yourself a videophile, like us, then you'll have been wanting this announcement for some time; Xbox is about to add Dolby Vision support to both consoles. It's not yet clear if Microsoft also plans to add Dolby Vision support for Xbox One S & X Ultra HD Blu-ray playback.

Dolby Vision is a high dynamic range (HDR) format for 4K TVs that provides improved contrast, brightness and colour to supported TVs by optimizing the image, "frame by frame". It is supported by streaming services such as Netflix, iTunes, Vudu and Amazon Prime Video. As well as an Xbox, you'll also need a TV with support for Dolby Vision and access to content that can take advantage of it. However, there's a number of competing standards, one of which is Dolby Vision. Dolby Vision enables select TVs to take HDR up a notch with scene-by-scene precision and accuracy versus standard HDR which uses one setting for the entire movie/show you are watching. Not all features will be available to all users on the same day, but should instead roll out to Preview members gradually. In addition, the Dolby Vision process takes advantage of dynamic metadata, allowing it to adjust brightness levels on a scene-by-scene or even frame-by-frame basis to create a more accurate HDR experience compared to static metadata formats like HDR10.

Dolby Vision previously required dedicated silicon but the company has developed a software implementation, which appears to be what is coming to Xbox One. "An Australian version of English" will also be supported.

It should be noted that Microsoft only officially supports their own power supply for the Xbox One.

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