So by now everyone has seen and heard of the new Xbox One S, Microsoft’s new “slim” iteration of the Xbox One console. The Xbox One S also packs some new features, internal power supply, 4K video and blue ray playback as well. The redesigned console adds support for HDMI 2.0a, so it now supports 4K 60Hz output. HDMI 2.0a has a capacity for deeper color space that allows the use of High Dynamic Range (HDR).

What is High Dynamic Range (HDR)?

High Dynamic Range is the rendering of computer graphic scenes by using lighting calculations done in a larger dynamic range. HDR uses 10 bit color rendering that allows colors to be displayed in much broader range allowing details in a scene with a large contrast ratio to be preserved. Without HDR, areas that are too dark will be clipped to black and areas that are too bright will be clipped to white. In short, HDR provides more natural colors in a scene with deeper blacks, brighter whites and a more natural color pallete in an image compared to standard rendering.

How can you benefit?

The only way you will be able to take advantage of this new rendering technique is to have a TV or monitor that supports HDR. When looking for a display that can take advantage of HDR you want to look for an Ultra HD Premium Certification (UHD), meaning you will have a TV that is capable of meeting HDR standards. Even though HDR (UHD) is almost exclusively seen on 4K TV’s, not all 4K televisions support HDR, so be sure to pay close attention to the features of the display before making a purchase.

What games will support HDR?

According to The Coalition studio head Rod Fergusson, Gears of War 4 will be one of the first games that will use HDR. Playground Games announced that they will also utilize HDR in their beautiful open world racer Forza Horizon 3. As the technology is now available we will have to wait and see what other developers will utilize this new rendering technique into its games to take advantage of this feature. As it stands today, various game engines support HDR and we could expect to see future games implement it now that there is a console supporting it. Some of those game engines are:

We hope this article was useful in explaining what HDR is, what type of displays will support it and what games we may see in the future supporting it. The Xbox One S is a clear step ahead of the original console and for those with displays that can take advantage of HDR, this seems like a purchase worth looking into.


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  1. I dont agree that hdr is as revolutionary as they make su beleive. Especially the demo pictures. The non hdr looks like crap on demos. My 4k sony and vizio 4k produce great contrast and blacks are really black. Ok, its not oled black but since most people cant even calibrate their tv and still have dvd players at home, i say regular 4k is pretty good. I just dislike that they knock the regular 4k and make the hdr 4k look like its going from sd to hd. Bullcrap.

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    • You do realize that you cannot see HDR on your PC monitor or tablet or laptop or regular HDTV? It’s like trying to describe how great a color TV is while showing it on a black and white TV. So no screenshot will do it justice. All these screenshots are fake and an attempt to illustrate the difference.


  2. HDR makes a nice bit of different. Like going from 720 to 1080p difference. I just got a new set with that feature and it makes everything look better. So I can only imagine how much better the newer games look that actually use the feature.


  3. Ultra wide color gamuts have been part of the tv industry for a while now. And it is considered a marketing ploy to trick people into paying more for less. At least when it comes to the reproduction of real images it is an emulated effect that ruins the original image, often with overly bright lighting. This is especially true for any movie experience, where the contrast and color gamut is decided by the filmmakers.

    In cameras it is an emulated effect that traditionally takes several pictures at different exposures and then combine them. The idea being that the emulated effect can get closer to what we see with our eyes, than what traditional camera technology is capable of capturing.

    It is also pretty old technology when it comes to its traditional use in computer graphics. Famously scolded by the PC-market for giving objects in the game world weird glowing effects.

    Now Microsoft has decided to use the same technological ideology to market their new Xbox, but no one seem to address the fact that HDR as a graphics technology is considered a flawed and outdated technology. Is this somehow some kind of “new” form of HDR, and why do they use the same terminology and how is it new?

    To be fair. The scorpio video was filled with marketing words. Like the idea of a true pixel being the highest quality of a pixel. A pixel is a pixel, sure with a higher resolution you get a higher amount of pixels which has the potential to give you a more detailed image, but a pixel is still just a pixel is it not?

    Can someone please explain to me why we all of a sudden should care about HDR and so called “true” pixels?


  4. “It is also pretty old technology when it comes to its traditional use in computer graphics. Famously scolded by the PC-market for giving objects in the game world weird glowing effects.”

    That’s bloom, a separate effect.

    HDR rendering has been used in games for over a decade, and is not going away.

    The only difference now is that we have displays capable of properly displaying the true rendered image.


  5. HDR is fantastic and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. The difference is very obvious. It produces a much wider more realistic range of colors with better blacks and a more realistic tone in lighting in general.

    The only people who would say otherwise are early adopters of 4k TVs who now feel burned because the spec wasn’t final before they bought a tv and they can’t use hdr.

    The price difference between hdr and non hdr is non existent. The only reason sets are more expensive because they are the new models of tvs and new models are always expensive. Hdr itself really doesn’t add to the price of a panel.

    As for the post above about it being thrashed by pc gamers and it creating lighting issues that’s just absolutely false. Microsoft was smart to include it for use in games. Really it was put in there because its not part of the 4k bluray UHD spec so also using that ability for games is quite smart. People with hdr sets will benefit quite a bit.

    If you don’t believe the article or me just go look at a real hdr tv yourself in a store. Then look at a non hdr set. Provided the store isnt stupid and they are using hdr content you will he very pleased and amazed by the difference


  6. I have a 4ktv was impressed till I saw 4k hdr sets come out with even better picture so I’ve upgraded to xd93 65inch 4k hdr screen.Waiting delivery then I’m set for 4k hdr bluray and hdr gaming.


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