For anyone who owns a 4K TV and an Xbox One X (or the ‘S’), you’ll know how amazing the picture quality is. As good as the uptick in definition to 3840×2160 is, for me, the biggest improvement is the introduction of HDR. High Dynamic Range (or HDR) allows more colours and a greater contrast range which enables a more accurate representation of an image. There are a few different flavours of HDR, the most common being HDR10. It is this type that is supported by Xbox One (and most TVs). The other most common type of HDR is called Dolby Vision (yes, the same Dolby that are industry leaders in sound technology). There is an increasing number of TVs that support this format and the Xbox One will soon be joining this crowd.
Here’s the official announcement –
Quickly following our news-packed Gamescom Inside Xbox show, we have even more news for our Xbox Insiders as Dolby Vision™ HDR releases today on Xbox! Starting with the Alpha Skip Ahead and Alpha rings, Xbox Insiders with a compatible TV can enjoy Dolby Vision streaming content on Netflix on Xbox One S and Xbox One X.
The team at Xbox is always striving to improve the Xbox ecosystem, and these features will continue to be shaped by fan feedback—we appreciate every thought and idea shared! Enjoy trying out this new feature and providing your valuable feedback as the hype train begins.
There are disagreements about which HDR format produces the best results. Dolby Vision is normally seen as superior to HDR10 but there are examples (eg the Despicable Me 4K blu ray) where the more standard type of HDR is superior. Dolby Vision differs by using metadata that provides frame-by-frame directions to make the colour as accurate as possible. Bascially, Dolby Vision is constantly trying to correct the image where HDR10 is more of a one size fits all.
Do you have a television that is capable of Dolby Vision? Are you looking forward to this update? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section down below.