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Microsoft is testing Xbox’s Auto HDR on PCs

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Microsoft brings the Auto HDR sound characteristic Xbox Series X and S series consoles to PC, reports Windows Central. With Build 21337 and on top of Windows 10, PC gamers can try out the feature to add improved tone mapping to over 1,000 DirectX 11 and 12 games that weren’t mastered to support HDR in the first place. According to Microsoft, Auto HDR will intelligently add color and brightness information to your games, provided you have a compatible monitor.


You can see how the feature works in the comparison above. Microsoft uses grayscale to display the parts of the image that a non-HDR screen can successfully replicate. The native HDR presentation of Gears 5 has the most detail in its shadows and reflections, but even the Auto HDR presentation has a lot more information than its SDR counterpart.

As long as you’re a Windows Insider, you can enable the feature by going to the Windows HD Color Settings page. It will be interesting to see how this affects the HDR landscape on PCs. The format is notoriously messy on Windows 10. Also, not all HDR-capable monitors are made the same. The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has six different levels for its DisplayHDR certification. With a focus on high refresh rates, most gaming monitors fall into one of the lower categories if they qualify. This makes it difficult to take advantage of technology the way you can do it on consoles and televisions.


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