At the October Surface Event where Microsoft announced the new Surface Book – which by the way, is now available in Australia and New Zealand – and the Surface Studio; the company also revealed some of the things that would be coming with the Windows 10 Creators Update.
Microsoft has been unifying all of its hardware products under one roof – everything works on Windows, so every product shares all of their features with every other product. That’s why the upcoming Creators Update for Windows 10 isn’t just significant for PC and Mobile – it plays an equally important role for the folks on Xbox One.
Support for Dolby Atmos on the Xbox One and Xbox One S was announced back in October as part of the Creators Update – we mentioned the announcement in our original coverage.
Now, Major Nelson of Xbox has announced on Twitter that the Dolby Atmos support for Xbox One will be rolling out to the Xbox Insiders on Xbox One and Xbox One S this week.
Calling all audio aficionados. Rolling out to Preview this week: Blu-ray Bitstream pass-through including Dolby Atmos support on Xbox One/S
— / Larry Hryb / (@majornelson) December 12, 2016
Dolby Atmos will allow Xbox One and Xbox One S to output cinema-like audio with their home theater systems, as long as the Blu-ray media supports it.
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The Xbox One and Xbox One S are quickly turning into the cheapest (and perhaps the best) Blu-ray players you could buy – the Xbox One S even supports 4K playback and has full support for HDR.
Microsoft’s original efforts to turn Xbox into the media hub in your living room weren’t very effective – in fact, they caused a backlash; however, the renewed efforts are more subtle, and focus on what the users are asking for, rather than forcing them to adopt something they aren’t comfortable with.
The Xbox Insider program is also helping Microsoft adopt this policy – the feedback gathered from the Insiders is invaluable, and helps keep the company focused on what users need.