The Xbox One, according to a few reviewers of the console, has a few missing audio options. Namely these options allow gamers to output Dolby 5.1 or 7.1 digital audio through the audio jack, which will render gamers with Dolby-only headsets out of luck until a fix comes.
A fix is coming, though, according to Microsoft’s Penello. He stated, “Dolby Digital is coming post launch. This was a SW scheduling issue pure and simple, and I know people are disappointed, but we will have it.”
He went on to add, “Anyone with an HDMI receiver should be fine, as we pass the uncompressed 5.1 and 7.1 through HDMI as well as 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.”
Finally, he wrapped up by stating, “For the Dolby only headsets, my understanding is that these will work but you will only get stereo audio since we only pass Stereo and DTS through the optical port. 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.”
What do you think of this curious lack of Dolby support through the headphone jack?
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