Samsung launches its first HDR10 + gaming displays

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

Samsung has partnered with Saber Interactive to bring HDR10 + support to Redoubt 2 and Pinball FX, both of which will be showcased at CES 2022 (as long as the game developer doesn’t give up). In addition, Game Mechanic Studios will have its HDR10 + game title Happy Trails and the Kidnapped Princess on the floor.

The games that Samsung touts contrast with the main games available on the competing standard: Dolby Vision games – including Infinite halo, Gears 5, and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Xbox Series X and S already support at least ten games on Dolby Vision.

An unnamed Samsung Odyssey-style curved gaming monitor with the new Pinball FX compatible with HDR10 + games
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HDR10 + Gaming has more visual metadata than standard HDR10 (targets four times its maximum brightness), supports Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and Automatic Low Latency Mode (ALLM) for better looking and more gaming visuals efficient. Samsung also says the standard will operate “above 120Hz” but doesn’t go into details.

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

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