Halo Infinite could be one of the first Xbox Series X games to get dynamic HDR
Halo Infinite looks set to support Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos on Xbox and PC, making it the first game in the series to use popular spatial audio technology, as well as the new Dynamic HDR format for gaming.
As spotted by Wccftech, an official game page for Halo Infinite has appeared on the Dolby website showing that Master Chief’s latest adventure will benefit both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos when played on PC consoles. and Xbox.
The page now results in a 404 error – suggesting the announcement was made as a preventative measure – but its existence almost confirms that Halo Infinite will support both formats, which is great news for Xbox Series X and PC gamers.
Support for Dolby Atmos in Halo Infinite isn’t exactly a surprise, as developer 343 discussed the use of advanced audio technologies in March 2021 in a detailed blog post that confirmed the game will use sound. virtual surround via Dolby Atmos, Windows Sonic and DTS. Helmet: X.
“These spatial audio technologies allow us to make sounds appear to be playing behind or above you, when you’re wearing only stereo headphones,” said Chase Thompson, chief audio technical designer, Halo Infinite. “We created a custom setup for our in-game sounds so that you get a clear separation between spatial and non-spatial content. This way whether you are playing on headphones or on a surround sound system, you can very clearly know exactly where your enemies are when you are in combat.
Infinite contrast ratio
The addition of Dolby Vision support is, however, a nice surprise. The HDR format, which has been adopted by Netflix and Disney Plus, is currently being tested by Xbox Insiders and may soon be rolled out to all users.
Dolby Vision promises to deliver highlights up to 40 times brighter and blacks 10 times deeper, and requires no adjustment to get the best picture. Dolby Vision games are automatically mapped to your Dolby Vision compatible display as you play, so you always get the best picture.
Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos are currently only available on Xbox and PC consoles, but there is no exclusivity agreement in place. An Xbox Wire France blog post suggested that Microsoft and Dolby had entered into a two-year agreement to retain exclusivity of the two Dolby technologies for their platforms, but this has since been denied by Microsoft and Dolby.
For comparison, the PS5 does not support Dolby Vision or Dolby Atmos. Instead, Sony’s console uses the HDR10 standard and the company’s proprietary spatial audio technology, Tempest 3D audio.
Put a ring on it
While we still don’t have a solid release date for Halo Infinite, we do expect to see the game in action at this year’s E3 and Summer Game Fest conferences. We expect developer 343 Industries to set a definitive launch date and possibly announce a multiplayer beta for players to try out, as was the case with Halo 5: Guardians.
We have contacted Dolby for comment and will update this article accordingly if we receive more information.