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Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie update brings separate Dolby Atmos gaming option

One of the first new features that we wrote about when Samsung released the Android Pie beta for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ was a Dolby Atmos mode for gaming. This feature didn’t make it through to the last beta, and it was nowhere to be found when the stable Galaxy S9 Pie update started rolling out. Well, it turns out the Galaxy Note 9’s stable Pie update does include a gaming option for Dolby Atmos, but the way it works is a bit different.

Instead of being added to the existing Dolby Atmos listening modes (auto, movies, music, and voice), there’s a separate toggle called Dolby Atmos for gaming in the sound settings on the device. And it’s the right implementation in our eyes. With a separate option, Dolby Atmos can be enabled for gaming without having to modify the primary Dolby Atmos setting, so you can simply stop playing a game and use the phone for movies or music without having to constantly switch between the different Dolby Atmos modes.

As expected, the major difference Dolby Atmos for gaming seems to make is to increase the overall volume, with the effect more pronounced over wired audio. What isn’t clear is why the Galaxy S9 does not have the Dolby Atmos for gaming feature even on the latest Pie release. We’re guessing this is another hint that Samsung has rushed these updates out the gate and can only hope the company brings improvements and consistency across both of its 2018 flagships as far as Android Pie features are concerned.

You can find the Dolby Atmos for gaming option in the Sounds and vibration » Advanced sound settings » Sound quality and effects menu in the Settings app. Check out the GIF animation below for a quick visual guide (tap/click the image if it doesn’t start playing automatically).

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locarno
locarno

But normal Dolby Atmos will be disabled if we enable DA for gaming ?

siaho
siaho

Two things about the dolby for gaming: 1) there is a bug: if dolby for gaming is on and dolby is generally on, dolby will turn off after exiting the game. If you turn on the dolby for gaming, dolby will stay as it was before starting the game. This was reported to samsung and they didn’t fix it (one would think it’s not that hard to fix that…) 2) overall I like the sound it produces, BUT wtf with the sound unbalancing? Firstly at 30% volume it sounds like 80% with dolby off, secondly some of the sounds in… Read more »

Samarasx
Samarasx

Thanks for the insight, I was hesitant to upgrade to Pie since I saw how inferior Bixby 2.0 is compared to Bixby on Oreo. Now i know for sure i won’t upgrade until Samsung fixes what they broke. Note Without multitasking? No thank you.

Cyril692
Cyril692

The same for me

He2debnath
He2debnath

My Samsung Galaxy s9 suffering from black crush issue from past couple of days 😞

vanillasky
vanillasky

Did you sideloaded this software? Wipe your phone. Just checked in 5 games, trying every Dolby Atmos setting on 5 games and it always stays on even when Dolby Atmos for gaming is ON. There is no such a bug, I had a feeling that something is turning off my Dolby Atmos but did thought it’s a game. I wiped the phone after sideloaded the last release for Germany and all works fine.