Which Xbox One headsets support Dolby Atmos?

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Which Xbox One headsets support Dolby Atmos?

Best answer: Any Xbox One headset supports Dolby Atmos. All you need is the paid Dolby Atmos license, despite headsets marketed for the technology. If you're looking for a specific option, the LucidSound LS35X is a solid bet.Get the upgrade: Dolby Atmos for Headphones ($15 at Microsoft)Top cans for Atmos: LucidSound LS35X ($180 at Amazon)

What is Dolby Atmos for Headphones?

Dolby Atmos is Dolby's in-house spatial sound technology, promising more immersive audio across digital entertainment. With the help of object-based audio mapping, this means improved precision of positioning, depth, and height. Essentially outputting sounds into a three-dimensional virtual space, the technology differentiates itself from the fixed channels of traditional 5.1 and 7.1 systems. It's a significant advancement in immersion, elevating movies, games, and much more. And it's a critical element of what makes the best Xbox headset.

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While best experienced in a full-fledged Atmos-enabled theater, headphone users can also leverage the technology. Dolby Atmos for Headphones takes a virtualized approach to spatial sound, presenting its benefits inches from your eardrums. Paired with Xbox One support, a growing list of Dolby Atmos games highlight it, while gains also span titles embracing standard high-channel formats.

With Dolby Atmos adoption on the rise, Microsoft offers native support for Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. However, the software requires a one-time payment, available via the Microsoft Store for $15. For a free alternative, don't overlook Microsoft's own Windows Sonic spatial sound technology versus Dolby Atmos.

Which Xbox headsets support Dolby Atmos?

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Dolby Atmos delivers enhancements via software, changing how your Xbox One handles audio. This makes Dolby Atmos compatible with every Xbox One headset, eliminating the need for specialist headsets or peripherals. The license can be used interchangeably between headsets and consoles too.

Dolby Atmos' value will vary based on your hardware and chosen content. Stereo setups often provide a more pronounced difference, ideal for upgrading the average headset. However, the benefits of Dolby Atmos diminish on top-tier hardware (if conceivable) and are sometimes hard to justify. Equally, choosing Atmos-enabled games and videos should provide better audio over standard fixed-channel counterparts.

Third-party headset manufacturer Plantronics boasts an "exclusive" partnership with Dolby, spanning its Xbox One headset lineup. The firm's RIG gaming headsets like the RIG 800LX tout included Dolby Atmos, absorbing the licensing fee into the unit cost. However, this equates to a redeemable code inside, no different from purchasing via the Microsoft Store. The headsets sound great with spatial sound but don't let the "exclusive" marketing mislead you.

Is Dolby Atmos for Xbox One worth it?

Dolby Atmos can deliver real upgrades to Xbox One by altering how the console handles audio. While not revolutionary, it can pull the most from your kit with the right combination of hardware and content. It's just $15 and can pair well with any setup. If you're an audio fanatic, it's one of the best, affordable changes to your setup you can try.

For most, using your current headset highlights its advancements. But if you're in the market for an upgrade, the LucidSound LS35X bests the competition with its wireless audio, including top-tier sound quality, consistent connectivity, with comfort and battery life that won't let you down.

Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.