If you’re looking at the new PS5 as a movie player as well as a game machine, we’ve got bad news: it doesn’t seem to have support for both Dolby Vision video. And Dolby Atoms sound.
Mostly brand new FAQ On PlayStation Blog, “Does PS5 support HDR10?” Under the no question, the answer given is “yes, the PS5 will support the HDR10 specification”. There is no mention of Dolby Vision here or anywhere else on the page – unless you come to the comments section, that is, where a lot of readers have cried for its apparent absence.
It’s the same story for Dolby Atoms. “Which audio formats does PS5 support?” Many formats are listed under the question of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio Dio, but Dolby Atoms and DTS: X are clearly absent.
We are tempted to be optimistic and hope that Sony does not choose to list those 3D audio dio formats separately from the other formats listed (for example, Dolby Atmos is delivered via Dolby TruHD or Dolby Digital +), Sony clarifies that the PS5 All formats support Max Out on 5.1 or 7.1 channels, mostly excluding Atmos and DTS.
Of course, the PS5 has its own solution of 3D audio Dio, powered by the Bispoke Tempest engine, but this requires the use of headphones and, to our best knowledge, only works with games. The big disadvantage here is for those who plan to use their PS5 to play video streaming and Blu-ray (although the lack of Atmos for games is also a real disappointment).
It is worth noting that the Xbox Series X supports Dolby Vision through streaming services and is due to meet in certain games in 2021, but does not currently support Blu-ray. Dolby Atmos works across the board, although the free Dolby Access app needs to be downloaded.
It seems, then, that the Xbox X Series X might be a better choice than the PS5 for those looking for a device to cover all their entertainment needs, but we’ll have to wait for our final PS5 review to be confirmed.
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