HDR content offers better brightness and color capabilities compared to traditional content (sometimes called standard dynamic range [SDR] content). Traditional content typically shows details in a bright part of a scene or a darker part of a scene but not in both parts at the same time. For example, if the shot focuses on a bright window in the scene, details in the shadow are lost.
Whereas HDR can show a wider range of colors and light and more details in between the extremes. Colors are more vivid and unique in HDR content. Additionally, bright parts of a scene are brighter while dark parts can be darker, and you don’t lose any details.
In video games, the increased range of color and luminance of HDR enables a more immersive, realistic experience. You’ll be able to see the details of haunting movement in dark shadows rather than just black. The bright sun will be a more radiant, warm yellow rather than a flat saturated white, but unless the game is displaying on your monitor with that improved dynamic range, you won’t get the benefits of a more immersive experience even if you have an HDR capable monitor.
While some game studios develop for HDR gaming PCs by mastering their game natively for HDR, Auto HDR for PC will take DirectX 11 or DirectX 12 SDR-only games and intelligently expand the color/brightness range up to HDR. It’s a seamless platform feature that will give you an amazing new gaming experience that takes full advantage of your HDR monitor’s capabilities.
- What is Windows HD Color? | Microsoft Support
- Auto HDR Preview for PC Available Today | Microsoft DirectX Developer Blog
- Windows 2021 HDR getting started guide | Microsoft DirectX Developer Blog
It is required to turn on Use HDR for Auto HDR to be available.
Turning on or off Auto HDR will affect all displays you have Use HDR turned on.
Turn On or Off Auto HDR for Games on Xbox Game Bar
Press the + keys to open the Xbox Game Bar.
Click/tap on the Settings (gear) icon on the game bar. (see screenshot below)
Click/tap on Gaming features in Settings.
Check (on - default) or uncheck (off) Use Auto HDR with supported games for what you want.
Turn On or Off Auto HDR for Games in Settings
Open Settings (Win+I).
Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Display on the right side. (see screenshot below)
Click/tap on Use HDR on the right side. (see screenshot below)
Turn On (default) or Off Auto HDR for what you want.
You can now close Settings if you like.