Samsung to Launch Its First HDR10+ Gaming Displays

Select 4K and 8K TVs and gaming monitors will support the new HDR10+ GAMING standard.

Samsung has announced its first displays that will support the HDR10+ GAMING standard. An expanded games-focused version of HDR10 that can also calibrate automatically. The cutting-edge HDR gameplay is going to unveil at CES 2022 along with a list of 4K and 8K game titles, all powered by NVIDIA GPUs.

The tech giant initially announced the HDR10+ GAMING standard in October. But, it has now revealed that its new 2022 lineup of QLED TVs (Q70 and above) and gaming monitors will officially be the first to support the standard.

“We are extremely proud to announce that the new HDR10+ GAMING standard will be adopted by Samsung’s 2022 Neo QLED line up. 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,” declared Seokwoo Yong, Executive Vice President and Head of R&D Team, Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics.

Supported Games

Samsung partnered with Saber Interactive to bring support for HDR10+ to Redout 2 and Pinball FX. CES 2022 is going to showcased both these games.

The games Samsung is touting are in stark contrast to games available on the competing standard –  Dolby Vision gaming. Some of these games are Halo Infinite, Gears 5 and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. The Xbox Series X and S already support at least ten games on Dolby Vision.

What is HDR10+ GAMING Standard?

HDR10+ GAMING standard, developed by HDR10+ Technologies, LLC, provides game developers with the requisite tools. It offers a compelling and consistent HDR gaming experience. Furthermore, it works without the need for manual calibration across various display technologies.

Introduced four years ago, HDR10+ has gained robust support across the industry. It currently boasts 128 partners and over 4000 supported devices. These include TVs, smartphones and tablets. It brings superior picture quality by optimizing brightness and contrast frame-by-frame. This leads to a more accurate color expression.

The standard has more visual metadata than regular HDR10. It targets four times the peak brightness of its predecessor. The metadata provides a flexible reference tone and mapping curve for content creators. This allows them to deliver impactful images exactly as they intend them to be seen. 

HDR10+ also supports variable refresh rate (VRR) and auto-low latency mode (ALLM). Being coy on further details, Samsung also confirmed the standard will work ‘over 120Hz’. This makes for much more visually appealing game details and performance.

Dolby Vision is already providing all of these features, except the 120Hz refresh rate. Additionally, Samsung’s rival LG recently announced its C1 and G1 OLED displays with the Dolby Vision gaming standard.

How to Experience HDR10+ GAMING?

The entire experience of HDR10+, like Dolby Vision, is only executable if your setup is vertically integrated to support the format. This means that in order to experience HDR10+ gaming, your PC will need:

  • An Nvidia graphics card
  • A game programmed with the extra visual metadata
  • One of Samsung’s new displays that can output it

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