Samsung has confirmed that some of its 2022 4K/8K TVs and gaming monitors will boast support for HDR10+ Gaming, the latest addition to the original high-dynamic-range standard that aims for greater image quality via higher peak brightness levels and wider color palettes.
Unlike HDR10, which enjoys widespread support but is limited to a static level, HDR10+ leverages dynamic metadata to adjust color and brightness frame by frame, resulting in a more accurate and stunning picture. HDR10+ remains the same as its predecessor in terms of color depth and range of colors, however, which measure at 10-bit and 1.07 billion, respectively.
“Samsung’s 2022 TV and gaming monitor lineup will support the HDR10+ GAMING standard by allowing automated HDR calibration that provides stunning picture quality to meet game developers’ demand,” Samsung wrote in a press release, detailing one of the format’s unique features that include variable refresh rates and low-latency source tone mappings. “This translates into one of the most responsive and accurate gaming experiences available to date.”
“By removing the need for manual settings when games are loaded, something previously only possible with movie and television content, the game engine automatically optimizes video game content in real-time. This feature ensures details in the dark shadows and preserves the brightest highlights so that gamers can see and react to everything on the screen. It also configures the display to ‘true reference mode,’ providing better color, also without the need for gamers to spend additional time with game settings.”
“We are extremely proud to announce that the new HDR10+ GAMING standard will be adopted by Samsung’s 2022 Neo QLED line up with the Q70 TV series and above and gaming monitors, allowing users to enjoy a game-changing experience through cutting-edge visuals and richer, life-like images,” said Seokwoo Yong, Executive Vice President and Head of R&D Team, Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung will continue to invest in users’ viewing experiences as technology continues to advance and provide enhanced new features and capabilities.”
“We are very excited to help usher in a new era of video game picture quality. By adopting HDR10+ GAMING, gamers of all ages will enjoy cutting-edge visuals for the best overall gaming experience,” said Todd Hollenshead, Head of Publishing at Saber Interactive. “The HDR10+ GAMING standard is genuinely raising the bar, and we are proud to be at the forefront of bringing it to market with games like Redout 2, the fastest 8K anti-gravity racer ever made, and with Pinball FX, the king of digital pinball, brought to life in a brand-new way.”
“NVIDIA GeForce gamers can enjoy a brighter, more vivid and consistent HDR gaming experience on their monitors or TVs from the support of the new HDR10+ GAMING standard,” said Vijay Sharma, Director of Product Management at NVIDIA.
It’s unclear when (or even if) HDR10+ will be able to match the level of adoption that’s already been achieved by its primary competitor, Dolby Vision. While Dolby Vision involves royalties, movie studios and game companies have seemingly been eager to embrace the format thanks to its benefits over HDR10+, which include the ability to display up to 68.7 billion colors.