Netflix adds support for Dolby Atmos streaming on Xbox One

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Netflix already supports 4K and HDR streaming on Xbox One, and now it's adding another feather to its hat: Dolby Atmos audio. The company has announced that Atmos audio is now supported on Xbox One for titles that support it, beginning with a new film called Okja.

To recap, Dolby Atmos is mean to make the soundscape in content more immersive. From Netflix:

Much like how 4K and HDR bring more stunning and realistic visuals to the screen, Dolby Atmos delivers captivating sound that places and moves audio anywhere in the room, including overhead, to bring entertainment to life all around you, all in the comfort of your own living room.

Do note that the experience does require an Atmos-enabled home theater setup to work. You can also use Dolby Atmos for headphones via the Dolby Access app on the Xbox Store. Content is important, too; Netflix has outlined its initial lineup of Atmos titles will include:

  • Okja (June 28)
  • BLAME! (July 28)
  • Death Note (August 25)
  • Bright (December)
  • Wheelman (2017)

Xbox One and Xbox One S are actually the first devices to support Netflix's Dolby Atmos streaming, though LG's 2017 OLED TVs will also support Atmos on Netflix when they arrive later this year. Just like 4K streaming, however, you will need to to be on Netflix's premium plan that offers Ultra HD support and streaming on up to 4 screens in order to stream Atmos audio.

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