- Dec 3, 2013
If you buy it before this October
The brand-new Xbox Wireless Headsetofficially arrives on Tuesday, March 16th, and Microsoft has confirmed that everyone who buys it before the 30th of September will get a free trial of Dolby Atmos for Headphones.
The trial lasts six months, and allows you to access the "premium, immersive audio experience" of Dolby Atmos for Headphones via the Dolby Access app, as pointed out by the headset's architect and product lead Eric Garcia:
"You can download Dolby Access. And literally once you open it up, it will recognise, 'Hey, you have a Xbox Wireless Headset.' And so what you have on the top right hand side, it'll say 'Xbox Wireless Headset' and it gives you an expiration. When you do this for the first time you will get a little toast that pops up saying, 'Hey, congratulations. You now have Dolby Atmos'."
"And so that way you get either Windows Sonic that comes automatically provided, but if you want to have that Dolby Atmos experience, you get to try it for those 6 months. To really try and get a feel for, what do you like? How does each work? And have a great experience."
Dolby Atmos is described as allowing you to "hear stunning detail, precision, and realism in your games, movies, and shows with sound that flows all around you — even overhead and behind you," and some games have been specifically tailored for it, such as Cyberpunk 2077, Call of Duty: Warzone, Gears 5, Forza Horizon 4 and many more.
In regards to the headset, pre-orders are still available at the Microsoft Store (although they're going in and out of stock very quickly), and we're hoping more stock will be released for its official launch this Tuesday.