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Missing Xbox One Dolby audio options coming post-launch

The Xbox One will add support for Dolby 5.1 and 7.1 digital audio through a post-launch patch, director of product planning Albert Penello said today.

“Dolby Digital is coming post launch,” Penello said on NeoGAF. “This was a [software] scheduling issue pure and simple, and I know people are disappointed, but we will have it.”

No timetable for the patch’s release was provided. This means that until the Xbox One audio patch is released, Microsoft’s next-generation system is not capable of doing optical audio on the level of the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or PlayStation 4.

Penello explained that anyone with an HDMI receiver “should be fine” because uncompressed 5.1 and 7.1 audio is passed through HDMI and 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,” he said.

For Dolby-only headsets, Penello said he understands that these should work on Xbox One from launch, though users will only receive stereo audio.

“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,” he said.

Headset company Astro, which said previously that its products would work without issue on Xbox One, released a statement on the matter following Microsoft’s announcement, confirming that because the Xbox One will not have Dolby support at launch, there will be ramifications for Astro products.

“While our products do not process DTS signals, we do have on-board Dolby encoding in both our A50 Wireless Transmitter as well as our Wired MixAmp Pro. An Xbox One gamer will need to select Stereo output for game audio, but our MixAmps will process that stereo signal with Dolby ProLogic II and encode it with Dolby Headphone,” the company said.


Source: GameSpot

Rumor: Valve Building a Home Console

“Well, if we have to sell hardware we will.”

That’s what Steam developer and gaming company co-founder Gabe Newell told Penny Arcade.

Anonymous sources told gaming website The Verge that Valve was working on a project that would form the center of what they’re calling “The Steam Box,” a console that could have a Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GPU. The system may be able to bridge the age-old divide between PC games and consoles by putting PC games onto living room TVs. It makes sense: hardware has proved a curious divide for too long.

And most interesting, Valve may not just be gunning against the Xbox and the Playstation. It might also be going after the probable reboot of Apple TV, and by extension, cable itself.

Newell had fighting words against the Apple model of pretty-looking devices and tight control over software, and it seems like they will be pursuing an open model along the lines of Google’s Android.

“They build a shiny sparkling thing that attracts users and then they control people’s access to those things,” Newell told The Seattle Times in a reference to Apple.

With both Xbox and Playstation continually moving away from being pure gaming systems and angling towards being all-in-one entertainment devices, and now Apple and Valve moving into the game as well, the battle for living room entertainment looks like it’s about to get much more interesting.

Source: Forbes