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Xbox One Doesn’t Support Dolby Digital at Launch


Here’s some fantastic news for gamers who care about their home gaming audio setup.

Looks like the Xbox One doesn’t support Dolby Digital as of yet. (Was this that big of a mess to not have a launch?) According to¬†Microsoft director of product planning, Albert Penello, the lack of Dolby Digital support at launch “was a [software] scheduling issue pure and simple, and I know people are disappointed, but we will have it.”

He did try to remedy the bad news by letting us know that Xbox One owners with an HDMI receiver should be unaffected because new Xbox One passes “the uncompressed 5.1 and 7.1 through HDMI as well as DTS. Even if you have a Dolby only HDMI receiver (seriously…who the fuck owns one of these?) you will still get 5.1 or 7.1 sound since those receivers should accept uncompressed surround.”

I’m trying to look past all the launch hiccups but come on guys.