Sony PS5 Update Now Brings Dolby Atmos Gaming

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For those who’ve watched movies in cinemas before, there’s a high chance that you’ve come across Dolby Atmos. It’s a surround sound technology that elevates the whole experience by amplifying sound and immersing the viewer in an auditory omnidirectional space.

I remember that it was a big consideration when moviegoers looked into where to watch Oppenheimer. Yes, it makes that much of a difference.

That’s why Sony PlayStation 5 owners will be pleased to know that a Beta update will bring Dolby Atmos to the console in more use cases than ever before. We’re saying this because the technology was already present in the gaming console prior to this update, but only for activation during 4K Blu-ray disc playback.

Now, Dolby Atmos technology will be made available to enhance the audio of even games.

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The update lets you select Dolby Atmos as Audio Format in the Settings | Sony

How Dolby Atmos Gaming Works with the Sony PS5

Here’s how it works.

The newly-installed Dolby Atmos Gaming technology will make use of the currently-existing Tempest 3D Audio found onboard the console. It’s the same foundation that was used to enable the revolutionary Sony Pulse 3D Wireless Headset alongside PS5 3D Audio. 

To those who aren’t familiar, this software gives users the ability to pinpoint the direction and distance of a sound within a virtual space.

With this, the Sony PlayStation 5 can search around the vicinity for a Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbar or speaker system and then adjust the audio accordingly. It’s a feature that game developers also need to take into consideration, which is why the library of supported titles is still limited but growing. 

Familiar titles include Gran Turismo 7, Spiderman: Miles Morales, Horizon: Forbidden West, and a bunch more.

Titles can either be updated with Dolby Atmos Gaming support over the cloud, or those currently in development can also ship the feature straight out of the box. 

How to Activate Dolby Atmos Gaming with the Sony PS5

Keep in mind that the Dolby Atmos Gaming feature is only available with Beta software for now. Access to this is currently limited to specific places in the US and Canada, although the brand has plans for a global release sometime later this year. 

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Exciting update to be released later this year | Sony

Also, since this is still Beta software, stability is still in testing.

Once you’ve updated to the version in question, then you must pair your soundbar or audio system and the console via an HDMI 2.1 connection. Finally, on the console, you can go into Settings, Sound, Audio Output, Audio Priority, and finally select Dolby Atmos.

There are rumors that Dolby Atmos Gaming support for the Sony PS5 may also come to streaming apps such as Netflix and Disney+ in the future.

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What do you think of this update? Let me know in the comments!

As someone who is very passionate about all things tech, Nath loves breaking concepts down into simple terms for even beginners to understand. In his free time, he travels, indulges in his automotive hobbies, or simply looks for new jams to listen to.

This post was last updated on 2024-05-20 / Some images from Amazon Product API & some links may be affiliate links which may earn us a commission from purchases.

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