Samsung has announced the release of its first displays that support the HDR10+ Gaming standard, an enhanced version of HDR10 that can also calibrate itself. HDR10+ Gaming was first revealed in October, but Samsung has now confirmed that its new 2022 series of QLED TVs (Q70 and higher) and gaming monitors will be the first to support it.
Samsung teamed up with Saber Interactive to add HDR10+ compatibility to Redout 2 and Pinball FX, which will both be shown at CES 2022 (if the game developer doesn’t back out). Also on the floor will be Game Mechanic Studios’ HDR10+ gaming title Happy Trails and the Kidnapped Princess.
Major games available on the competitor standard, Dolby Vision gaming, including Halo Infinite, Gears 5, and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, which Samsung is advertising. Dolby Vision is already supported by at least ten games on the Xbox Series X and S.
For better looking and performing gaming visuals, HDR10+ Gaming offers more visual metadata than conventional HDR10 (targets four times its peak brightness), supports variable refresh rate (VRR), and auto low latency mode (ALLM). Samsung also mentions that the standard will work “beyond 120Hz,” but doesn’t elaborate.
Dolby Vision gaming, a competitor standard, already does all of these (save for the 120Hz plus claim). In June of this year, Samsung’s rival LG introduced its C1 and G1 OLED screens featuring the Dolby Vision gaming standard.
Like Dolby Vision, the entire HDR10+ experience is only possible if the entire setup is vertically integrated to support the format. This means you’ll need an Nvidia graphics card (support is coming for GeForce RTX 30 Series, RTX 20 Series, and GTX 16 Series GPUs), a game that’s programmed with the extra visual metadata, and one of Samsung’s new displays that can output it to enjoy HDR10+ Gaming on your PC.