Microsoft France claims a two-year Dolby exclusive arrangement for the Xbox Series X but swiftly backtracks.

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There is also no certainty that Dolby Vision or Atmos gaming will be available on the competition any time soon.

One disadvantage of huge corporations is that communication lines can occasionally be crossed, especially with international peers. Microsoft seems to be experiencing this issue yesterday, when its French blog administrators wrote “inaccurate information” regarding the Xbox Series X|S having exclusive rights to Dolby Vision and Atmos.

Last month, Microsoft announced that Dolby Vision is coming to the Xbox Series X|S. On Monday, the French version of Xbox Wire claimed that Dolby Vision and Atmos would be exclusive to its next-gen console for two years. However, that does not appear to be true.

Microsoft deleted the post (archived here) on Tuesday before issuing a statement declaring it has no exclusivity agreement with Dolby.

“A blog post was mistakenly published by a local Xbox team that included inaccurate information regarding exclusivity of Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision on Xbox Series X|S,” a spokesperson told The Verge. “There is no exclusivity agreement of either tech on Xbox. We are proud to partner with Dolby to offer Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision to gamers on Xbox and will have more to share about the general availability of Dolby Vision on Xbox Series X|S soon.”

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Of course, just because there is no agreement does not indicate that each feature will be supported by the PlayStation 5 or the Nintendo Switch. Neither Sony nor Nintendo have indicated intentions to incorporate Dolby technology into their products. It is, nevertheless, still feasible.

When viewing Blu-ray DVDs, Sony’s PS5 already supports Atmos. Nothing should prevent it from spreading its support to games. Furthermore, while the Switch presently does not support Dolby Vision or Atmos, its expected Switch update may be a suitable fit for these technologies.

Microsoft’s next-generation consoles already support Atmos for gaming. Although Microsoft has not stated when it would be available, it has confirmed that Dolby Vision has begun alpha testing. So regardless of the lack of the supposed two-year exclusivity agreement, it already has a good headstart on the competition.

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