Powerful Dolby Atmos Sound is coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs and tablets gaming begining next year, whicl will make you feel like you’re inside the action as the voices, sounds and music move all around you.
In an article on Wire, Spencer Hooks, Director of Gaming, Dolby Laboratories, talks about how Xbox will be the first game console to feature Dolby Atmos says, “Dolby Atmos is sound so precise you can pinpoint exactly where Pharah is and avoid her wrath,” citing an example of Pharah’s catch phrase from Overwatch ‘Justice rains from above!’, he said.
With Dolby Atmos, “sound moves precisely all around and above, and you can hear where your allies and enemies are in three-dimensional space,” Hooks said. Snipers on the roof? “You’ll hear them over your left shoulder and know where to aim to take them out. The same goes for an attacker with a jet pack hovering behind you.”
For now, the Atmos support for the Blu-ray app on Xbox is already available in preview, and will soon be released to GA, the team said.
To enjoy Dolby Atmos, you can just enable it virtually on any pair of headphones.
Xbox Preview members, as announced this week, will receive “Blu-ray Bitstream pass-through, which includes Dolby Atmos support on Xbox One and Xbox One S.” This feature “enables all Xbox consoles to pass Blu-ray audio data untouched to a user’s audio equipment, allowing your audio receiver or other audio device to produce a high quality, immersive sound experience,” explains Mike Ybarra.
To use the feature, you will need to have your console connected over HDMI to a compatible audio receiver which supports decoding of popular Blu-ray audio formats. “It enables Xbox users who have invested in pro-audio set-ups to experience the best possible audio from their Blu-ray movies,” Yabrra adds.
Here are some tips on how to enable this feature for Xbox Preview member:
- Ensure your console is connected via HDMI to a device that supports decoding of Blu-ray audio formats.
- Make sure you have the latest Blu-ray player by checking the “Updates” tab under “My Games & Apps.”
- Enable “Let my receiver decode audio (beta)” under the “Disc & Blu-ray” settings page.
- Insert your favorite DVD or Blu-ray disc.
- Kick back and enjoy the highest quality audio from your movies and TV shows.
Microsoft also made available a new Xbox One update, which introduces some significant performance improvements involving faster games download speeds. The update also bring in bug fixes and bumps the OS version to “10.0.14393.2152 (rs1_xbox_rel_1610 161208-1218) fre”.
The company says, those with high-speed internet connection of more than 100Mbps, will experience up to 80% faster download speeds. Even, on slower internet connection, an improvement of up to 40% will be experienced. Also, “updates and optimizations to background downloads makes it more resilient to inconsistent internet connectivity.”
Additionally, a firmware update improves performance when playing via wireless controllers. While, general performance enhancements adds “reliability and consistent experiences across steaming music apps”.
To download the latest firmware update, follow these steps: “Make sure your console is connected to the Internet, and then open the guide and choose Settings > All settings,” and than, “Select System > Console info & updates > Update console.”
GameAnalytics SDK for Microsoft UWP is released today is powerful tool for developers to understand player behavior so they can improve engagement, reduce churn and increase monetization.
GameAnalytics is used by more than 30,000 game developers worldwide and handles over five billion unique events every day across 1.7 billion devices.
The tool gives game developers a central platform that consolidates player data from various channels to help visualize their core gaming KPIs in one convenient view. It also enables team members to collaborate with reporting and benchmark their game to see how it compares with more than 10,000 similar titles.
You can set up GameAnalytics in a few minutes and it’s totally free of charge, without any caps on usage or premium subscription tiers. If you’d rather see the platform in action before making any technical changes, just sign up to view the demo game and data.
See the manual installation steps:
- Open GA-SDK-UWP.sln and compile the GA_SDK_UWP project
- Create a Nuget package: nuget pack GA_SDK_UWP/GA_SDK_UWP.nuspec
- Copy the resulting GameAnalytics.UWP.SDK.[VERSION].nupkg (where [VERSION] is the version specified in the .nuspec file) into for example C:\Nuget.Local (the name and location of the folder is up to you)
- Add C:\Nuget.Local (or whatever you called the folder) to the Nuget package sources (and disable Official Nuget source)
- Add GameAnalytics.UWP.SDK package from Nuget packet manager
Once implemented, GameAnalytics provides insight into more than 50 of the top gaming KPIs, straight out of the box. Many of these metrics are viewable on a real-time dashboard to get a quick overview into the health of your game throughout the day.
The real-time dashboard gives you visual insight into your number of concurrent users, incoming events, new users, returning users, transactions, total revenue, first time revenue and error logs.
This dashboard helps you balance the flow of “sink” and “gain” resources in your game economy.
You can find a more detailed overview for each dashboard on the GameAnalytics documentation portal, as well as download the GameAnalytics SDK for Microsoft UWP HERE.