Xbox One X Hands-on: Meet the New 4K Gaming King.

That depends. Today’s LCD and OLED sets have the capacity to display many more colors than older sets, but they didn’t have a way to reach their full potential until HDR came along. Either way, I’m eager to get my hands on the real One X sooner than later.

For Tom’s Guide, he has reviewed televisions, HDTV antennas, electric bikes, electric cars, as well as other outdoor equipment. I had the opportunity to play a couple of levels in Assassin’s Creed: Origins on the new console. By comparison, HDR10 uses a fixed set of metadata, giving TVs less flexibility on how to handle different scenes in a particular movie, for example. And TVs that meet the Dolby Vision specification should be technically superior to HDR10 sets.

Amazon Prime Video and Vudu also have Dolby Vision 4K content and are slowly expanding their offerings. Yes, there is another HDR specification you’ll see called HDR10+. Those instructions are essentially fixed for the entire program.

The system is outfitted with a 1.172-GHz GPU with 6 teraflops, 12 GB of GDDR5 RAM, and a memory bandwidth of 326 GB/s. Xbox One X Hands-on: Meet the New 4K Gaming King. Confusing matters further, not all Dolby Vision-certified sets meet all aspects of the specification. My how far we’ve come.

Dolby Vision is rapidly becoming the de facto HDR standard for 4K TVs. Microsoft has yet to release the One X’s actual measurements, but it’s definitely smaller than the One S. However, the PS4 Pro does support virtual reality in the form of the PlayStation VR headset. The feature can be found in premium sets, like the top of the line LG E7 OLED and Sony Bravia OLED XBR-65A1E down to budget-friendly value picks, like the TCL Roku TV 55P607 or the Hisense 43H6D. From gaming, to streaming to Blu-ray, the One X delivers 4K everything, whereas the PS4 Pro can’t play 4K discs.

It also has less RAM at 8GB. In fact, Dolby’s specification has instructions for how movie production, broadcast TV and TV displays should encode and decode Dolby Vision HDR material. The Dolby HDR format is also used in video production, making it a professional as well as a consumer brand.

There are also Dolby Vision-compatible Ultra HD Blu-ray players available from LG, Sony and others. But what is Dolby Vision, and does it really translate into a better picture? Here’s the 411 on the technology. What’s the difference between HDR10 and Dolby Vision?

The new system can also stream 4K videos, which means it might be a good time to invest in that 4K Netflix subscription. It’s simply a breathtaking experience. Before HDR, sets were limited by an old video specification for HDTV known as Rec. 709, which was based on technical limitations going back to the ’90s. Samsung is now the one major TV maker that continues to shun Dolby Vision, pushing the company’s own rival HDR10+ standard instead.

While you may not be able to see, for example, all those billions of colors, the critical difference is in the transitions between colors, such as in a sunset. However, discs in general are continuing their steady decline as a preferred format. One thing’s for sure, games are definitely prettier on the One X. So the best sources for Dolby Vision movies and programs are the streaming services.

Specific instructions or metadata included in HDR programs tell the display or disc player how to map colors and set brightness levels. What Is Dolby Vision? (And How to Get It) First, no consumer TVs are capable of 12-bit color depth. With HDR content, there’s also a greater dynamism and sense of realism in scenes that have rich colors — think verdant jungles with iridescent birds flying by — and in programs with high-contrast elements — think neon signs along a darkened street. The system can definitely handle 4K gaming, delivering stunning visuals without so much as a stutter. Sony was a holdout that recently joined the Dolby Vision fold, and many Sony TVs that sold without Dolby Vision support initially now can thanks to a recent software update.

It’s also the first console to feature a “liquid-cooled vapor chamber.” HDR10 can be thought of as the open standard for high dynamic range content and TVs. The Best TVs: Our Favorite 4K (Ultra HD) TVs Available Now Hulu. For those desperately holding onto physical copies, the One X can play 4K Blu-Ray discs just like the One S. New TVs and disc players come emblazoned with a myriad of logos and acronyms. The primary feature of the plus format is that it allows for dynamic metadata, similar to what Dolby Vision offers, to improve picture performance and visible image details in different scenes within the same program.

4K Everything! As a refresher, HDR was introduced as a way for TVs to display a greater number of colors (by increasing the color gamut) and more-intense colors (by boosting specific brightness levels). Dig Those Crazy Specs!

Even though I only got to play with the dev kit, I’m excited for the Xbox One X. And for brightness levels, HDR10 displays aim for 1,000 nits or more. But if I was going on power and features, my money’s going with the One X. Netflix has been at the forefront of delivering Dolby Vision flicks, such as The Cloverfield Paradox. What TVs and Blu-ray players are compatible with Dolby Vision? Here are some of the Dolby Vision-equipped sets we’ve reviewed in the last six months: But those numbers don’t tell the whole story.

Does Dolby Vision make any difference in picture quality? John R. Fast forward to now and you’ve got something that isn’t smaller than a breadbox, but it’s definitely smaller than its predecessors. However, not all Dolby Vision TVs are created equal. This standard lays out the basics of the format so that an HDR TV can read and properly play HDR material. One X or Playstation 4 Pro?

The countdown to the Xbox One X has begun and you’re probably wondering if it lives up to the hype. Conversely, Dolby Vision lays out many more specific instructions for compatibility with its format. It is supported by Samsung and Amazon, among others, and seeks to address some of the shortcomings of HDR10.

Furthermore, Dolby’s maximum spec for consumer TVs goes up to 12-bit color depth for a possible 68 billion colors (versus the old Rec. 709 8-bit color depth that renders just 16.7 million possible colors). Despite the demands of rendering super high-resolution graphics, I didn’t see any kind of tearing or stuttering. Ultimately, the gating factor is the TV itself, not simply whether it supports Dolby Vision. What about HDR10+?

You may also notice that Samsung is conspicuously absent in the list above. The blood flowed freely even as I was battling four warriors simultaneously. On the brightness side, Dolby Vision allows for levels reaching 4,000 nits or more. The collection of Ultra HD Blu-ray discs available in the Dolby Vision format is paltry, and that’s being generous.

When the OG Xbox launched, it weighed a healthy 8.5 pounds and measured 12.5 x 4 x 10.5 inches. To date, Microsoft has yet to say whether "the world’s most powerful console" will be able to support any of Microsoft’s upcoming VR ventures. I had the chance to go hands-on with a dev kit of the nascent system and I have to say that I’m impressed. To use the Dolby Vision logo on a TV or Blu-ray player, manufacturers must pay to certify their products and license the name. Quain has been reviewing and testing video and audio equipment for more than 20 years.

While the One S enhances your view with High Dynamic Range (HDR), there’s nothing like playing your favorite games in 4K. Dolby Vision provides for instructions or metadata that can change from scene to scene, telling the TV when push contrast or boost a particular color. Bottom Line.

All the major manufacturers, from LG to TCL, offer sets that are compatible. I was immediately taken in by the level of character detail, like my character’s eyeliner or the scales and ridges in the crocodile pelt my target was wearing. If you aren’t sure whether your set has upgraded to Dolby Vision without your noticing, you may want to check the manufacturer product support page, or even call the company’s customer support line to find out if such an update has been made, and how to make sure you’re able to use it.

The Tiniest Xbox. Second, the brightness requirements are malleable in both Dolby and HDR10 formats. HDR10 also stipulates a 10-bit color depth for up to 1.07 billion possible colors. HDR10 is also open in the sense that it doesn’t dictate how, for example, movies should be encoded or compressed.

What is Dolby Vision? Curious about what Dolby Vision is and what it does? Wondering how Dolby Vision differs from other HDR formats, or just want to know where to get shows and movies that are Dolby Vision compatible? Get the scoop on the leading version of HDR. I even saw the individual feathers of my eagle as it soared overhead scouting my enemies.

Dolby Vision is the brand name for a high dynamic range (HDR) 4K video format developed and promoted by the folks that brought us Dolby Surround and all its subsequent permutations. He is currently a contributor to The New York Times and the CBS News television program. All HDR-labeled sets (or Ultra HD Premium sets) should be able to handle HDR10. Where the One X has a 1.2-GHa GPU with12GB of high-performance memory and teraflops to spare, the PS4 Pro just increased the clock speed on the original PlayStation 4. Where can I find Dolby Vision content?

Which is better, HDR10 or Dolby Vision? The Xbox One X is coming soon, and based on our initial play session, it will be the console to beat. Yes.

Individual 4K sets may have a different number of individual brightness-control zones, for example, which can significantly affect picture quality. I was immediately taken in by the level of character detail, like the the individual feathers of my eagle as it soared overhead. With fewer colors you see banding or lines across the screen instead of the smooth color gradients that HDR sets can create. If you look strictly at the specifications, Dolby Vision sets should deliver a more dynamic, brighter and livelier image.

Recently added to the long list of features is Dolby Vision, which you’ll see stamped on a growing number of the best TVs. So the apparent Dolby Vision superiority in color depth may be realized only at some point in the future. It’s simply a breathtaking experience.

Just to recap, Microsoft is calling the One X "the world’s most powerful console." And truth be told, the company is probably right. For $499, the system doesn’t skimp on the 4K — offering up 4K gaming, streaming and Blu-Ray capabilities as well as HDR. OLED sets, for example, cannot top the brightness levels of LCDs, but because OLEDs offer better contrast at lower light levels, they still qualify as HDR10- and Dolby Vision-compatible sets.

So which system should get your hard-earned dollars? In terms of power, the One X beats the $399 PlayStation 4 Pro hands down. In terms of TVs, Dolby Vision is more technically demanding than HDR10 — with some important provisos (see below).

And to know that Microsoft managed to fit all that power into something that’s small enough to sit in my entertainment center and sexy enough to deserve the privilege is definitely impressive.

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