IGN reached out to Microsoft to clarify if the final version of the console would include this optical audio port, to which it responded, “No. Xbox Series X will include ports for Networking (Ethernet), HDMI out, Seagate Storage Expansion Card and three USB 3.1 ports.”
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Without an optical audio output, it seems audio will only be available through the HDMI port. HDMI has the benefit of carrying audio and video through a single cable, and we know that Xbox Series X will be utilizing the latest HDMI 2.1 standard.
HDMI 2.1 has more bandwidth for information and can carry signals up to 8K as well as Dolby Atmos, simultaneously.
Additionally, considering that HDMI has become the standard for most, it seems Microsoft has gone the convenience route with this decision as most modern sound equipment utilizes HDMI.Earlier today, Sony finally revealed what the architecture of the upcoming PS5 looks like. During the presentation, PlayStation’s lead system architect Mark Cerny spoke at length about how PS5 will utilize the custom Tempest audio engine and will feature “3D audio” allowing for deeper, more immersive experiences.
He also added that down the line Sony may look to create unique audio experiences that are tuned to an individual’s ears.
Wondering how Xbox Series X compares to PlayStation 5? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We’ve also compared the power between the two machines, and explain why more teraflops doesn’t necessarily mean better performance.
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