XBox One S

Dec 13 2016

News - Microsoft adds HBR bit streaming support to XBox One & XBox One S to Insider build

While it's pretty shameful that the XBox One didn't ship with HBR bit stream support, it wasn't that big of an issue until the next-gen formats found on UltraHD Blu-ray came out, because to get all that spatial goodness they must be decoded in the AVR. Microsoft promised to deliver exactly that a while back, and it looks like the feature is rolling out to the Insider (read Beta) XBox group now. When this feature hits stable, it will solidify the XBox One S as the UltraHD Blu-ray player to get - and if I had a UHD display I would certainly be asking Santa for one.

Thanks to Curt Wilber for the heads up.

Oct 26 2016

News - XBox One S will get Dolby Atmos support

One of my biggest gripes with the XBox One S's support for UHD BD looks to be getting fixed in a future firmware update. When this happens, it should move from "value-with-caveats" to "best value" player for the next-gen format.

Oct 01 2016

News - XBox One S UHD BD Player review @ What Hi-Fi

In the not-so-crowded collection of UHD Blu-ray players the XBox One S stands out because of its price and, um... well that's it. The price difference is nothing to laugh at either, and if you are willing to live with the limitations it is an outstanding value. That said, the gaps are pretty harsh, at least for me. Especially when it comes to next-gen audio formats.

Is the lack of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support a blocking issue for you too?

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