According to Dolby Laboratories, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft will feature the new Dolby Interactive Content Encoder, technology that dynamically encodes multi-channel audio into Dolby Digital 5.1.
The first encoder of its kind, the Dolby Interactive Content Encoder enables real-time Dolby Digital encoding in game consoles and allows gamers to experience explosive, cinematic audio using high-quality home theater systems. The Xbox, upon its release in the United States and Japan in the fall of 2001, will be the first gaming industry product to feature this technology. Previous video game systems could utilize Dolby Digital 5.1 only during non-interactive “cut scene” playback. In contrast, the Dolby Interactive Content Encoder enables the Xbox to provide interactive Dolby Digital 5.1 during actual gameplay.
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