Those looking forward to the Dobly experience for their next-gen consoles, it looks like you’ll have to stick with Xbox platforms for a while, as it seems Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos are going to be exclusive to Xbox for two years!
Update: According to Microsoft there is no exclusive deal between the two companies for the either tech.
"A blog post was mistakenly published by a local Xbox team that included inaccurate information regarding exclusivity of Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision on Xbox Series X|S. There is no exclusivity agreement of either tech on Xbox," says Microsoft.
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) June 1, 2021
This was revealed in a now-deleted post on the official France Xbox website, where the following was noted:
The Xbox Series X|S have been Dolby Atmos compatible since their release and Dolby Vision will arrive on these consoles in 2021, both technologies will remain exclusive to the Xbox ecosystem for two years.
Those not familiar with the tech, here’s what Dolby has to say about both:
What is Dolby Atmos?
Take your music and entertainment to the next level with Dolby Atmos. Go beyond the capabilities of stereo and surround sound to unlock a richer, fuller, and more immersive experience. With Dolby Atmos, artists, storytellers, and content creators can now place individual sounds all around you with more space and depth, so you can hear more and feel more. (via Dolby)
Dolby Vision is a set of technologies developed by Dolby Laboratories for High Dynamic Range (HDR) video. It covers content creation, distribution and playback. Dolby Vision include dynamic metadata that are used to adjust the brightness, color and sharpness of each frame of the video to match the display color volume (i.e. the maximum and minimum brightness capability and the color gamut). It allows for the creative intents to be preserved on all Dolby Vision compatible displays. It was introduced in 2014, making it the first available HDR format. (via Wikipedia)
Would this be a deal-breaker for you in terms of deciding which next-gen platform to buy?