If you’re looking at the new PS5 as a movie player and games machine, we’re got some bad news: it seems to have no support for Dolby Vision video. And Sound of Dolby Atmos.
In the new that seems comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions On PlayStation Blog, “Does the PS5 support HDR10?” Under the question, “Yes, the PS5 will support the HDR10 specification.” There is no mention of Dolby Vision here or anywhere else on the page – until you get to the comment section, which means many readers are lamenting its apparent absence.
This is a story similar to Dolby Atmos. “Which audio formats does the PS5 support?” Under the query, several formats are listed, including Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio, but Dolby Atmos and DTS: XX are not clear.
We’re tempted to be optimistic, and Sony’s chosen not to list 3D audio formats separately from other formats listed (Dolby Atomos is distributed by Dolby True HD or Dolby Digital +) PS5 supports all formats over 5.1 or 7.1 channels, with maximum SOS support: And X are completely discarded.
Of course, the PS5 has its own solution for 3D audio, provided by the bespoke tempoest engine, but it requires the use of headphones and, to our knowledge, only works on games. Those who want to use their PS5 for video streaming and playing Blu-ray are at a huge disadvantage here (the lack of Atmos for games is also a real disappointment).
It should be noted that the Xbox Series supports Dolby Vision through X-streaming services and that it will be available for specific games in 2021, but currently does not support Blu-ray. The native Dolby Access application needs to be downloaded first, but Dolby Atmos runs across the board.
For those looking for a device that meets all their entertainment needs, the Xbox Series X may seem like a better choice than the PS5, but we’ll have to wait to confirm our final PS5 review.
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