Thu. Jan 20th, 2022

Samsung has announced its first displays that will support the HDR10+ Gaming standard, an expanded, gaming-focused version of HDR10 that can also calibrate automatically. HDR10+ Gaming was initially announced in October, but now Samsung is revealing that its new 2022 line of QLED TVs (Q70 and above) and gaming monitors will be the first to support the standard.

Samsung partners with Saber Interactive to bring HDR10+ support to Redout 2 and Pinball FX, both of which will be showcased at CES 2022 (as long as the game developer doesn’t drop out). Game Mechanic Studios also gets its HDR10+ game title Happy Trails and the kidnapped princess on the floor.

The games Samsung touts contrasts with the big games available on the competing standard: Dolby Vision gaming – including 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.

An unnamed Samsung Odyssey-esque curved gaming monitor featuring the new HDR10+ gaming-compatible Pinball FX
Image: Samsung

HDR10+ Gaming has more visual metadata than regular HDR10 (targets four times maximum brightness), supports variable refresh rate (VRR) and automatic low latency mode (ALLM) for better looking and performing game visuals. Samsung also says the standard will work “above 120Hz”, but won’t go into detail.

The competing standard, Dolby Vision gaming, already does all of this (except for the 120Hz plus claim). Also in June of this year, Samsung’s rival LG announced its C1 and G1 OLED displays with the Dolby Vision gaming standard.

The entire HDR10+ experience, like Dolby Vision, is only workable if the entire setup is vertically integrated to support the format. This means that to experience HDR10+ Gaming, your PC needs an Nvidia graphics card (with support for GeForce RTX 30 Series, RTX 20 Series, and GTX 16 Series GPUs), a game programmed with the additional visual metadata, and one of Samsung’s new screens it can display.

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