Xbox One does not support digital surround sound input through HDMI, meaning that signals from cable or set top boxes connected via the Xbox One's HDMI In port will not output surround sound.
Not surprising really. I don't know of anybody who even has surround sound and I'm sure those who do wouldn't want any chance of degradation of the signal anyway. The HDMI is for people with a simple cable or satellite box. Audiophiles would never use it either. *EDIT* Disagrees? You think daisy chaining wouldn't affect quality? It's been shown to induce noticeable lag when another console is connected. Anybody who was serious about the best quality experience wouldn't connect systems together. *EDIT* as for no surround, I can honestly say none of my friends have it.
Pass through should allow surround sound to pass without a problem. Also audiophiles are not the only people that use surround sound. Its great watching hd tv with full surround sound.
So much for it being the all in one solution, this is pretty poor by M$
By audiophiles I was referring to people who would want to use their Xbox in a surround system setup, they probably wouldn't want to connect anything through the Xbox to begin with. I've always heard that connecting directly is the best way. I know people watch tv with surround.
My TV uses arc so will will connect to my TV first then use the HDMI out to pass through the sound to avoid input lag. @element I'd say about a quarter of gamers will use surround sound partly for a better experience and partly because TV speaker are rubbish
People that use this as a strike against the XB1 are fanboys, lol, who are well aware that their console of choice, more than likely, will not even come close to having such a thing. MS has innovated in this area and if you think not, go smack yourself.
So xbox doesn't do surround sound at all? I use a surround sound for my ps3. But I also watch movies on it so... Try using a nuke in fallout3 w surround sound :) Edit:oh looking at other comments it seems xbox has optical? In which case that's good enough for me :) But I'm not getting a xbox for a few years though
It does do surround sound via HDMI in. You have to turn it on in settings. MS said its in beta all you have to do is go to settings and turn it on. Link https://mobile.twitter.com/...
This is for hdmi in. Ie if you connect a 360 or ps3 to xb1 it won't output in sorround sound. Hdmi out and optical do sorround as normal
Almost everyone I know has surround sound. And lag is irrelevant for watching video. As long as the audio and video are in sync it makes no difference whether there is any lag.
Or you plug in the optical cable.... Volia! Surround sound ;)
Please enlighten me as to what a true audiophile would use. This is a dealbreaker for anyone hoping to use the ONE as their ONE media hub. This needs to be addressed pronto. Otherwise its a slightly gimped games machine and a totally useless media center. If you split the audio from the picture before connecting to the one you could end up with serious sync issues. This is laughable.
I use optical outs all ways have :) I find it easier to manage on my app and my sky hd box goes to optical 1 so am still all good!
The problem is as we have seen with other consoles being hooked up to it there is a delay and lag. Using a separate audio output will put the audio out of sync with the picture and you need to introduce a delay to the audio to get it back in sync.
I can change the delay timmings for sound on my amp all good amps do this :)
Yup...multiple cable is the way to go! /s What's the point of having HDMI-in if even surround sound can't go through? HDMI support up to lossless 7.1 sound while optical only 5.1. Let's just hope this is just a software issue amd hope that it will be patched soon because all in one media hub without surround sound in 2013 is a huge joke!
Exactly, you have to change the delay and there is the problem. It's supposed to be the ultimate one in all device that makes things easier, but it doesn't. It makes things more complicated.
Who buys a surround sound system and uses HDMI and not digital optical o_O?
Wow...you do know HDMI is in everyway better than optical for sound compared to optical, right?
Are you joking? Optical only does 5.1, do your homework. HDMI > Optical.
Anyone who want's lossless HD surround sound. Optical will get you lossless HD stereo and up to 5.1 channels at usually 48khz (lame!)
lol, Anyone how wants 7.1 audio. Which is me and plenty of others. Ms should have done better for you guys. Go get yourself a PS4. Greatness awaits. "PS4 Is the First Device in the World to Include New DTS-HD Master Audio|7.1 Decoder"
Maybe because optical can only handle compressed DD and DTS at 5.1. HDMI is the home theater standard and is the only connection that can handle DD True HD and DTS HD 7.1 which is uncompressed and more dynamic. Optical is an old technology. You might want to know what you are talking about before commenting.
repeat after me SOUNDBAR SOUNDBAR
PIONEER PIONEER Get a true Surround Sound Receiver and you will understand the difference from "simulated" surround sound and TRUE surround sound. My receiver alone costs more than the average HDTV, not counting the speakers.
I hate my Soundbar in the living room compared to my Surround Sound in the basement. There is NO comparison.
I cant believe youre surprised you have disagrees. Youre downplaying a pretty glaring fault with the HDMI passthrough, one of the most touted features and acting like surround sound is a luxury of the super elite. Dude, my receiver was cheap as and makes all the difference in the world over a TV's stereo. How do you even play a shooter in stereo?
Why am I not phased by this? This only has to do with surround sound systems correct? I'm not saying it's not a big deal for other gamers, I just wanna know what this means I can't do.
MS has debunked this stupid article. The Xbox one does do surround sound via HDMI in. You have to turn it on in settings. Here is the link https://mobile.twitter.com/...
This is a poor attempt to damage control a huge fail for what is supposed to be an all in one box. Signal lag is different than signal degradation. HDMI is digital, it isn't degrading much if at all. I have everything hooked up through HDMI and it it's great. I bet you buy Monster cables too.
" I don't know of anybody who even has surround sound" What? You can't be serious. You don't know a single person at all in your life that has surround sound? I have 4 HT setups in my home. I just ordered all new speakers for my gaming room for this new generation. I'm not joking when I say, "I don't know a single person that doesn't have surround sound." Even my in-laws have it and they are old and I mean REALLY OLD. My father in-law farts dusts. Again, this is an all in one box? Great design MS. /s
I am sorry. I don't follow. What do you mean no one has surround sound. To me its not a big deal with TV broadcasts, but I do HAVE as surround sound system. A lot of homes and apartments do.
True, my dad is 52 and has surround sound. Lol. I don't, I never cared much for it. Now if they have a patch coming out ok but flat out refusal is a big deal.
Not a slight towards you man but if you haven't experienced gaming or movies in surround you don't know what youre missing!
Yeah I suppose I am missing a lot by not having surround but then you can't miss what you've never had. I found this tidbit of interesting information: " In home audio, household ownership of audio systems featuring surround sound has declined to 29 percent" https://www.npd.com/wps/por...
Yeah because a lot of people are moving towards, dare I say, an all in one sound bar. Some sound bars don't even require a stand alone receiver. It's just more simplistic. They are less imposing, a lot easier to install and less calibrations. Most people just want room filling sound and some are happy with sound bars. Me? I will always want no less than 5.1. I have mid level HT setups in my home. Some think I spend way to much and others are like bro, that's entry level. It just all depends where you are on the food chain. IMO NOTHING is more immersive than the right speakers in the right room. Room acoustics matter more than the speakers themselves. I can't tell you how many non surrounding owning people I have turned into HT owners, and those that went to a sound bar back to full HT after listening to my setup in my theater. Nothing beats a room filled properly with sound for movies, sports and especially gaming. The only problem I ran into is everyone wanting me to install and calibrate what they purchase. All I have to say is don't go to a high end HT place or else you will know what you were missing and they wallet will most likely come flying out of your pocket.
Did you research that figure in order to bolster your assertion that "no one that you know has a surround set up"? 29% is actually a really high adoption rate for consumer electronics. That figure is based on declining numbers so in years past it was actually higher. Sorry, but all you did was invalidate your own claim.
If you don't already play with surround sound I would recommend it so so highly. It really does make a big difference, like going from 480i up to 1080p for your ears. Also, loads of people do have surround. And finally, the HDMI pass-through has a beta option available for passing surround, it isn't consistent yet but it's a feature that will be available in the near future.
That's without doubt the stupidest thing I've read today! First of all who doesn't have surround sound, this isn't the 90's anymore! Secondly, Microsoft are plugging this as there biggest feature - being able to run everything through 'ONE' device. To say that you cant run surround sound through those connected devices is unbelievable to the extent that I believe this story has to be fake. They really cant be that stupid again!! Same for your post, it's that ridiculous that it has to be some poor attempt at some sort of troll??
@ElementX "I don't know of anybody who even has surround sound" NONE? I would say that about 80% of my close friends/family have a surround sound set up.
I didn't disagree with you because of your daisy-chaining comment... but rather because of your comment that you don't know of anybody who even has surround sound. Most of my friends and family have surround sound... but I suppose we're all techies and gearheads and audiophiles so maybe we're weird? But we all love us some surround sound. That said, while I'm no expert on this issue so don't take my word for it, I also don't know why daisy-chaining would have any degradation effect on an HDMI signal, considering that HDMI is a fully digital signal, which means that basically either the entire signal arrives in tact at the other end of the wire, or it arrives broken. That's why you either see the picture, or you don't, with HDMI, there isn't this fuzzy/grainy/snowy/noisy middle ground of partial picture, partial crap you can't make out on the screen that you can sometimes get when you have a poor connection or signal over an analog wire such as the old RF connectors.
"I don't know of anybody who even has surround sound" Really? How bizarre. I know of very few who don't, and none of them are gamers.
Your friends are missing out then. Surround sound is one of those things where once you have it, you simply can't go without it.
Sorry, but not being able to pass-through surround sound is a f*cking absurdity for a device claiming to be an all-in-one media system.
It's already working, you just have to turn it on. https://mobile.twitter.com/...
so the other option is optical which doesnt support it either, this is a problem for people with these kinds of setups. it affects a minority but its still a pain
My great grandma has surround sound.
Well I guess I don't know the right people. I really can't have surround sound in my apartment because of the layout. There's nowhere to place the couch where I could position rear channels properly.
"I don't know any people who --" is pretty much the Warcry of people from the X-camp. I just wonder what happened to make these people so devoid of empathy. EDIT: never said you were, but you know what they say about shoes that fits >:P Just found it odd you had so much in common but again, SHOES.
I've had the same problem and I solved it by getting a sound projector.
Oh yeah I must be an Xbot because I own PS3, Vita, and PS4! PSN: IamNate
@MightyNox You just have to add an ignorant sardonic remark to EVERY XBOX article, don't you? Take a break, son. There are plenty of SDF members that will eagerly step in for you.
Ya I don't want my Bose surround to come out crappy. I use optical for audio anyway.
Bose....what a joke.
Say what you want but they put out some damn fine audio. You may not like them but I'm happy with my purchase.
Bose is the Apple of surround system. Expensive as hell!
Yes. Bose were my first surround sound speakers until I became educated. Not that they sound bad,they don't. But they are way over priced. You can get better and less expensive speakers without a doubt
The point is you shouldn't NEED to use optical...the whole point of HDMI is that it handles everything.
Is my understanding correct... Lets say you have TV box connected to your AV receiver / surround speakers via HDMI which outputs to TV (also via HDMI). If you introduce the XB1 and daisy chain the TV box to the XB1 to take advantage of the XB1's TV features, which then outputs to the AV receiver... then you no longer get surround sound from the TV box output? Or if you connect a PS4 to the XB1 and then to AV Receiver / speakers to TV, the PS4 will only output to stereo. If that's true it's a huge deal. It's awesome having movies in surround sound and my setup is entirely digital as I have an HDMI only receiver.
Looks like it.
Well that sucks. I love my 7.1 setup. I guess I won't be sending my cable through x1.
Wft! Seriously. So it's marketed as an all in one "wonder box", but is incapable of something as simple as hdmi "pass through"!! Lols. My $199 pioneer amp is capable of this. Epic fail!! What sound formatt does it pass through? Stereo? I mean come on. Even free to air TV broadcasts are digital surround sound these days.
Yeah this seems like it would be an utter deal breaker for me. Given TV is like 80% of the Xbox One's focus, not being able to support proper sound on it's main feature is kind of atrocious.
Wonder if that's something they can patch because that won't sit well with audiophiles. Suppose there's always optical.
Optical is limited as far as audiophiles are concerned. For lossless audio, it is limited to 2-channel stereo. No uncompressed 5.1/7.1 or bit streaming of DTS-MA or Dolby TrueHD.
I hope that an update will fix this, but this would be a work around if you need the best audio in the mean time....
huge difference between optical and DTS-Master
That's about like saying that the HDMI for some reason can't support video, but you suppose there's always component video cables.
You can still use digital coaxial or optical cables instead.
I'd take optical over HDMI for surround sound 100% every time.