Xbox One does not support surround sound for devices connected via HDMI in

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.

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ElementX1552d ago (Edited 1552d ago )

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.

forcefullpower1552d ago

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.

amiga-man1551d ago (Edited 1551d ago )

So much for it being the all in one solution, this is pretty poor by M$

ElementX1551d ago (Edited 1551d ago )

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.

nirwanda1551d ago

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

WrAiTh Sp3cTr31551d ago

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.

kreate1551d ago (Edited 1551d ago )

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

NMEMEDIC1551d ago (Edited 1551d ago )

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.

DOMination-1551d ago

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

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kneon1552d ago (Edited 1552d ago )

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.

n4rc1551d ago

Or you plug in the optical cable.... Volia! Surround sound ;)

BippityBoppityB001551d ago

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.

thrust1551d ago

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!

OrangePowerz1551d ago

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.

thrust1551d ago

I can change the delay timmings for sound on my amp all good amps do this :)

badz1491551d ago

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!

OrangePowerz1551d ago

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.

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Blaze9291551d ago

Who buys a surround sound system and uses HDMI and not digital optical o_O?

badz1491551d ago do know HDMI is in everyway better than optical for sound compared to optical, right?

Fz6soldier1551d ago

Are you joking? Optical only does 5.1, do your homework. HDMI > Optical.

BippityBoppityB001551d ago

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!)

Patrick1551d ago (Edited 1551d ago )

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"

cervantes991551d ago

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.

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repeat after me SOUNDBAR SOUNDBAR

UNCarolinaBlue1551d ago


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.

Agent_00_Revan1551d ago

I hate my Soundbar in the living room compared to my Surround Sound in the basement.

There is NO comparison.

Bathyj1551d ago

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?

BX811551d ago

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.

NMEMEDIC1551d ago

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

Fz6soldier1551d ago

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.

Boody-Bandit1551d ago (Edited 1551d ago )

" 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

Eonjay1551d ago

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.

BX811551d ago

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.

bigbri6420001551d ago

Not a slight towards you man but if you haven't experienced gaming or movies in surround you don't know what youre missing!

ElementX1551d ago

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"

Boody-Bandit1551d ago (Edited 1551d ago )

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.

stiggs1551d ago

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.

Volkama1551d ago

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.

1nsomniac1551d ago (Edited 1551d ago )

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??

stiggs1551d ago (Edited 1551d ago )


"I don't know of anybody who even has surround sound"


I would say that about 80% of my close friends/family have a surround sound set up.

callahan091551d ago

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.

MysticStrummer1551d ago

"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.

hankmoody1551d ago

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.

frostypants1551d ago

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.

UnHoly_One1551d ago

It's already working, you just have to turn it on.

hellzsupernova1551d ago

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

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parentoftheyear1552d ago

My great grandma has surround sound.

ElementX1552d ago (Edited 1552d ago )

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.

MightyNoX1551d ago (Edited 1551d ago )

"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.

boing11551d ago

I've had the same problem and I solved it by getting a sound projector.

ElementX1551d ago

Oh yeah I must be an Xbot because I own PS3, Vita, and PS4!

PSN: IamNate

stiggs1551d ago


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.

Crazay1552d ago

Ya I don't want my Bose surround to come out crappy. I use optical for audio anyway.

Crazay1551d ago (Edited 1551d ago )

Say what you want but they put out some damn fine audio. You may not like them but I'm happy with my purchase.

badz1491551d ago

Bose is the Apple of surround system. Expensive as hell!

bigbri6420001551d ago

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

frostypants1551d ago

The point is you shouldn't NEED to use optical...the whole point of HDMI is that it handles everything.

Jdoki1552d ago (Edited 1551d ago )

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.

Highlife1551d ago

Well that sucks. I love my 7.1 setup. I guess I won't be sending my cable through x1.