Xbox One users will get Dolby Atmos support in 2017, Microsoft has confirmed. Despite Xbox One Preview Program members gaining the update this week, the official roll-out of the software update which will bring 3D audio is not set to land on consoles until next year.

Dolby Atmos will work with a range of games, including Overwatch, but users will also be able to take advantage of streaming media or Blu-ray discs which include the format. In addition to Xbox One and Xbox One S support, Dolby Atmos is also coming to Windows 10 PCs and tablets.

Xbox will be the first game console to feature Dolby Atmos, with the console also gaining DTS:X and Auro-3D. Preview Program members can already utilise the 3D audio formats, but it’s currently only supported in the Blu-ray app on Xbox.

To get the most of Dolby Atmos, users will obviously need to have an Atmos-enabled speaker system or soundbar. It’s not a requirement however, as it will be possible to enable virtually any pair of headphones receive the Dolby Atmos experience.

Mike Ybarra, Xbox’s head of platform engineering, comments: “At Team Xbox, we are all gamers first, and bringing Dolby Atmos support to Xbox One and Windows 10 gaming next year will bring you even further inside the action and sound of your favourite titles. A big thank you to the team at Dolby for their partnership; we’re excited to share more with the Xbox community next year.”

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