Dolby Atmos is the bleeding fringe of house cinema expertise with regards to encompass sound audio. We have coated what Atmos is and the way it works earlier than, however for avid gamers, issues are getting extra attention-grabbing now because it’s doable to get Dolby Atmos on Xbox One, Xbox Collection X and Collection S and PC.
What does that imply for you? Nicely, a extra enhanced and immersive gaming expertise for a begin.
What does Dolby Atmos imply for gaming?
Dolby Atmos permits sound to be projected exactly right into a three-dimensional area, which implies, in concept, you get a greater expertise with regards to positional audio.
That is nice for video games the place audio makes all of the distinction, like first-person shooters for instance. Realizing the place gunfire is coming from or having the ability to precisely estimate the place of your enemy based mostly on the sound of their footsteps can imply the distinction between life and loss of life, successful and shedding.
For different video games, Dolby Atmos merely gives a extra immersive and all-enveloping expertise. You are surrounded by sound and have a new-found sense of the place within the sport area sound is coming from.
What’s required to run Dolby Atmos at house?
Dolby Atmos sounds nice for gaming, does not it? However you is perhaps questioning what you have to get that have in your house. Nicely, the excellent news is it won’t be as sophisticated as you assume.
There are primarily two alternative ways to run Atmos for gaming – that is both by way of a Dolby Atmos succesful A/V receiver and audio system or by headphones. The latter is way simpler to arrange and get into however does not provide the identical degree of expertise because it’s solely digital so maybe not for the audiophiles amongst us.
That is to not say that Atmos over headphones or a superb gaming headset is not good although.
PC Dolby Atmos compatibility
For one of the best expertise, Dolby Atmos assist runs by way of the graphics card on a PC or by way of headphones and is encoded throughout the graphics engine the sport is constructed with. In different phrases, if the sport builders embrace the encoding for the Dolby Atmos within the audio aspect of the soundtrack you then’ll get some severely wonderful encompass sound.
You may get a style of what is doable with Dolby Atmos with this audio pattern that exhibits how even headphones can create a unbelievable spatial sound.
To get began obtain the Dolby Entry app for Home windows, there is a free trial adopted by a small annual price to pay to get entry to the flexibility to run Dolby Atmos via your headset or headphones.
The benefit right here is you do not even want a encompass sound headset (in reality the app recommends you flip any encompass sound performance off). A superb pair of stereo headphones or a normal gaming headset will do. That is as a result of Dolby Atmos is encoded into the video games then the Dolby Entry app applies the required expertise to ship the spatial audio and the Dolby Entry expertise.
A mix of the Dolby Entry app and Home windows 10 or 11 with the most recent updates lets you open up sound settings on your machine and apply spatial sound codecs and digital encompass sound to your headphone audio. That is comparatively easy because the app routinely activates Dolby Atmos inside Home windows sound settings when you activate it.
You then simply want to make sure you have the precise video games to play as a result of each strategies require a Dolby Atmos suitable sport as there is not any upscaling of sound like there may be for HD/4K image. So you will want to make sure you have the precise video games earlier than you consider diving in.
Blizzard’s Overwatch was one of many first video games to assist Dolby Atmos over headphones and we have seen different succesful video games together with Star Wars Battlefront and Battlefield 1 too.
We’ll cowl the total record of suitable video games beneath.
Xbox One Dolby Atmos assist
Microsoft began rolling out bitstream pass-through for Xbox One some time again, in order that console is definitely able to supporting Dolby Atmos for Blu-ray playback. The console can be now able to enjoying video games in Dolby Atmos and we have seen it in motion and might attest that it is definitely spectacular.
In case you have a succesful A/V receiver and suitable video games you then’re good to go. In any other case, very like on PC, you should buy the Dolby Entry app and luxuriate in Dolby Atmos over headphones.
Xbox Collection X Dolby Atmos assist
The Xbox Collection X gives quite a lot of sound choices together with Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Home windows Sonic sound. The console defaults to Home windows Sonic, however in order for you higher encompass sound, then we would advocate switching to Dolby Atmos.
To take action you will have to get Dolby Entry and have both suitable headphones or a Dolby Atmos succesful TV or sound setup. Then activate it via the Xbox Audio settings web page.
Dolby Atmos suitable video games
The present record of Dolby Atmos suitable video games contains:
What about cell gaming?
There are a selection of various cell mobiles which have assist for Dolby Atmos by way of their built-in audio system. Some fashionable telephones additionally assist variations of Dolby Atmos particularly for cell gaming. You’ll be able to normally discover these settings below your telephones sound settings. The record of telephones that present assist Dolby Atmos contains (however just isn’t restricted to):
- Apple iPhone 11 sequence
- Apple iPhone 12 sequence
- Apple iPhone 13 sequence
- Apple iPhone 14 sequence
- Axon 7
- GM 9 Professional
- Lenovo Phab 2
- Lenovo Vibe K5
- Huawei P30
- Nokia 6
- OnePlus 7 Professional
- OnePlus 7T
- OnePlus 8
- OnePlus 9
- Oppo Reno
- Oppo Reno 2
- Oppo Reno 2F
- Oppo Reno 2z
- Realme X
- Realme X2
- Realme X2 Professional
- Realme XT
- Razer Cellphone
- Samsung Galaxy Word 9
- Samsung Galaxy Word 10
- Samsung Galaxy Word 10 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy S9
- Samsung Galaxy S10
- Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy S20 sequence
- Samsung Galaxy S21 sequence
- Samsung Galaxy S22 sequence
- Samsung Galaxy S23 sequence
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
- Sony Xperia 1
- Sony Xperia 1 II and III
- Sony Xperia Professional
- RealMe X
- RealMe X2 Professional
- Xiaomi Mi Word 10
- Motorola G8 Energy
- Nokia 9 Pureview