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This New Xbox Controller Adds Dolby Atmos To Any Headset

If you've yet to experience Dolby Atmos, then you're going to want to check out the RIG PRO Compact controller for Xbox. This new controller from Nacon is

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StoneyYoshi40d ago

Yeah, theres nothing like having fake dolby atmos playing with your stereo headphones. Especially considering you have to pay to get dolby atmos on the console which is f***ing absurd!

MS- Thanks for buying our console that supports Atmos BUT only if you fork over another $15 sucker!

StoneyYoshi39d ago (Edited 39d ago )

I guess 4 people have no issues paying for something that should already be available after forking over $500 and a $100 headset if you want it utilized right. Its cool you don't have to pay for it if you buy this controller. but why is it a 3rd party company offering this and not MS?

alextdarling39d ago

Dolby decide the price, its propriety software - the access for Dolby atmos through speakers system is standard.

People are disliking your comment because you made an assumption with no prior research.

StoneyYoshi39d ago

@Alex
Would be nice for them to correct me if I am wrong. I have no problem being corrected.

MS could have easily made a deal with them to make it available for all consumers without the fee with all those deep pockets everyone says they have.

I do agree I jumped to conclusions with part of that first post. But I still think it's dumb that MS of all companies being one of the richest ones in the world couldn't include this with the purchase of the console or the Xbox headset with a lifetime license just like this 3rd party company managed to be able to do. Instead the most they can offer is half a year of free dolby atmos access with their headset? If they really want you to experience the full capabilities of their console, why keep a feature behind a paywall like that? They have advertised it but not once have I ever seen them state you need to pay until I went to try it out myself.

Zeref39d ago (Edited 39d ago )

Microsoft has Windows Sonic, which is free, they don't own Dolby, they have no control over the pricing lol

And why would they potentially take on bigger losses per console sold, for a feature that not everyone will use, especially when they have their own free solution already?

TheRealTedCruz39d ago

You realize MS doesn't own the software, right?
I paid the $15 or so they wanted on PC with no issue.

Stop acting entitled.

StoneyYoshi39d ago (Edited 39d ago )

@Zeref

"And why would they potentially take on bigger losses per console sold, for a feature that not everyone will use, especially when they have their own free solution already?"

Because more choices the better? Also their free solution is nowhere near as good as Atmos which is much more accurate and they don't even advertise windows sonic on the XSX/S box but they do have Dolby Atmos listed on there so the average consumer probably wouldn't even know the free solution was an option.

They have no issues pushing Game pass at a loss over the past few years but this would be a concern to them?

A $15 license for us is much higher in cost than if MS made a contract with them to have licenses available for the systems from the start. They can still charge on Windows users but make the Xbox include it. 🤷🏻‍♂️

@Ted
No entitlement here bud. Just my opinion is all...

IDK dude, this is my opinion on it and its clearly hated on here but idgaf. This is how I feel about it.

TheRealTedCruz39d ago (Edited 39d ago )

You are acting entitled, honestly. Not trying to annoy you, but a lot of what you're saying doesn't make sense.
You're blaming MS for not advertising free software they automatically implement.
You call out them as advertising a 3rd party software, when it's obvious that's a paid agreement to bring visibility to said software.

You think MS should just take on the cost of offering this 3rd party content because, yes, apparently you feel entitled to it.

With that said, where does that logic stop? Should companies just license and offer every single audio software on offer, considering tastes vary?

Abbott12339d ago

@therealtedcruz

Yeah I’m still waiting for Microsoft to buy me watch dogs legions because the trailer said it can play it. I didn’t realise I had to pay for software made by other company’s for the Xbox! I mean I’ve paid £450 so surely they can include any and all software going forward.

These greedy company’s.

Gamer7539d ago (Edited 39d ago )

Why should people have to correct you when you go around making false assumptions to begin with

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Master of Unlocking38d ago

"MS- Thanks for buying our console that supports Atmos BUT only if you fork over another $15 sucker!"

Wha---t? For real?

sealava39d ago

Dolby Atmoss an independent serves company just like other Netflix , amazon , Spotify .. etc
if the hardware says it supports Netflix , does that mean you expect Netflix and others to come free .

StoneyYoshi39d ago (Edited 39d ago )

I see where you are coming from but comparing a streaming service to an audio format isn't the best example.

But apparently this controller supports Dolby Atmos and the license comes "free" aside from needing to pay for this specific controller. So if you think of it as just another controller to have, then dolby is a free bonus. Even this companies headset includes a license for Atmos but MS can only come up with 6 months. Its probably because MS wants people to pay so they get a cut of the cost since the license is purchased through their store.

TheRealTedCruz39d ago

Dude, no worries. Read your last response below. At the end of the day, this is N4G. Everyone here is just ranting on the internet, using the comment section as a personal soap box. Everyone on here just wants to feel like they're right lol.
Sometimes both sides are. Sometimes neither side is.

Einhander197139d ago

Personally think Dolby Atmos sounds fantastic through my headphones.

Bnet34339d ago

I agree 100% I almost cant play without it. If you buy the Astros A50s, you get Dolby Atmos for 2 years thats how Ive been using it. The difference is incredible. For example, when you go to a Destiny 2 vendor and they talk, it feels like their right next to me. Hard to explain, but it's something like that. It's a huge difference.

TheRealTedCruz39d ago (Edited 39d ago )

I have 2 headsets. Astro A 50, and the HyperX Cloud Revolver.
Atmos works fantastic with both, and easily warrants the small buy in they ask for.

StoneyYoshi39d ago

Don't get me wrong, Atmos is worth the cost but my point here is the fact that this company I've never heard of includes lifetime licenses with their controller and their headset. They don't own the software just like MS doesn't but they can include it with the purchase while MS is only giving out a 6 month trial with their new headset.

Am I crazy or do you see how this just seems odd especially considering this company most likely wont sell nearly as much of their hardware compared to MS?

TheRealTedCruz39d ago (Edited 39d ago )

At the end of the day, it comes down to business.
A business is simply there to make money. Both Dolby, and the creators of the controller, obviously came to a deal and found this inclusion financially beneficial to both parties.

The creators of the controller also don't have their own proprietary audio software on offer as an alternative.

At some point, MS spent a lot of money developing Sonic, which comes free within the MS ecosystem. Whether or not it matches Atmos, they've invested a lot of money for their own, personal, alternative to it.
To then spend a bunch more money to license a 3rd party solution for spatial audio makes absolutely no sense on the business end, and I can't fault them for not doing it.

StoneyYoshi39d ago (Edited 39d ago )

"You are acting entitled, honestly. Not trying to annoy you"

Not taking it personally. I've had the license on my PC for over a year at this point. I admit I jumped the gun with my very first comment but it's too late to take it back now lol. Sorry for coming off entitled but I just seemed off to me. I didn't realize you could even act entitled when you pay for something and have an option about how it's offered in other ways.

nickanasty20639d ago

10 dollars extra for games per Sony exclusive to enjoy those games, and 10-15 extra for dolby atmos support depending on if you get a discount, which i did on atmos for Xbox. It does suck that you have to pay for it, but at the same time its only 10-15 bucks one time to get the most out of the expensive sound system you paid a ton of money for. Losing out on 10-15 one time is not that big of a deal to me. Paying 10 dollars extra per exclusive each time is definitely a bigger deal. Just my opinion though, I have both a PS5 and Xbox and my PS5 doesn't even support atmos, so the only way i can take advantage of the 3D audio is to have the game support it which not many do, and to wear my 3D Pulse headset while the game i am playing is supporting it. Each console comes with its own gripes in the end.

StoneyYoshi39d ago

I get that and I respect that but as the years continue, more and more games will support Sonys 3d audio as well just like with Atmos on Xbox.

Either way, my point here is why a company I've never heard of is able to include Atmos licenses with their controllers and headsets but its not possible for MS to do so.

Locutus_of_borg39d ago

I’ve not read the full story, but maybe the 15 is added on top of the price of the controller …. Would the same controller without the licence be 15 cheaper ??

Abbott12339d ago

Your comparison is pointless. You have no idea why or how the company has included the Atmos licence but they have most likely factored in the cost of the licence with the price. Microsoft have their own software to run with their headset. Sony also do not include atmos with their headset and run their own software however it seems you are slating Microsoft allowing choice for their users.
Insanity

STARS39d ago

Except PS5 does support 3D audio, it's just their own version of Atmos, Tempest 3D AudioTech, and may arguably be even better with headphones on. This has already been proven as a non-issue.

https://www.tomsguide.com/f...

nickanasty20639d ago (Edited 39d ago )

Hey STARS,

Not saying that Sony doesn't support 3D audio, what I am saying is that their implementation of 3D audio is only supported by Sony Headsets. For instance, my receiver does not allow me to use Sony's implementation of 3D audio because that isn't supported. When i plug my PS5 into my receiver, none of the Dolby Digital options are available, just multi-channel stereo audio. So what i am saying is, the only way i can get 3D sound from my PS5 is to use the Pulse Headset, otherwise if i don't want to wear a headset, all i get is multi channel stereo from my PS5. Which is essentially just replicating stereo sound to each speaker, instead of giving me true surround sound. On my xbox i can use all variations of Dolby and get true surround sound not being only limited to multi-channel stereo like i am with my PS5..

Destiny108039d ago

by the way, your new headphones doesn't come with sound, that will be extra

this is an outright scam

PlayStation has 3D sound for everyone, while very few will pay for it on xbox

galmi39d ago

does 3d audio work on speakers or just the ps headset?