Xbox One Optical Headsets Are Stereo-Only, Dolby Digital Coming Post-Launch

Rocky Nov 21, 2013

  1. Ro

    Rocky Guest

    Apparently Xbox One's digital optical output only supports headset audio to be presented in stereo and DTS, but according to Xbox Marketing & Planning man Albert Penello, Dolby Digital is coming via an update post-launch.

    "Optical supports Stereo and DTS. HDMI supports 5.1/7.1 uncompressed and DTS. Dolby is coming post launch," Penello tweeted. He also elaborated more on the issue in a NeoGAF thread.

    “Dolby Digital is coming post launch. This was a SW scheduling issue pure and simple, and I know people are disappointed, but we will have it. Anyone with an HDMI receiver should be fine, as we pass the uncompressed 5.1 and 7.1 through HDMI as well as DTS. Even if you have a Dolby only HDMI receiver (which I’m not sure exists), you will still get 5.1 or 7.1 sound since those receivers should accept uncompressed surround," Penello explained.

    “For the Dolby only headsets, my understanding is that these will work but you will only get stereo audio since we only pass Stereo and DTS through the optical port. I have not tested this myself, but I’m told it works. Regardless, I understand this is an inconvenience, but again we’re going to have Dolby coming.

    “This is unrelated to the HDMI-IN “Surround Sound” beta. To clarify, we default HDMI-IN audio to be converted to Stereo. However, we do have a feature you can access in TV settings/Troubleshooting that enables Surround Sound in “beta” form. If you check the box, and you get Surround, you’re golden. We found some inconsistencies in STB’s during testing and decided to disable it by default to insure a good initial setup experience for people.”

    So that pricey headset you forked out for won't operate to its full capacity until the post-launch Dolby Digital update lands on Xbox One. An exact date for that has yet to be announced beyond "post-launch".


    Source - X360A
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    nesta12345 Newbie

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    mine wont even work.

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