Samsung’s 2022 televisions and monitors will support the recently unveiled HDR10+ Gaming standard, the company announced. That means they offer gamers a variety of features, such as variable refresh rates (VRR) up to 120 Hz and automatic HDR color correction on a game-by-game basis.
The stand will be used by Samsung’s 2022 Neo QLED lineup with the Q70 TV series and above, along with gaming monitors, the company said. It didn’t name any models, but it showed a widescreen gaming display (below) and what could be a 2022 Neo QLED TV with very thin bezels.
HDR10+ Gaming slipped under the radar when it was first announced, but it appears to be a move to counter Dolby Vision HDR for gaming on Xbox Series X/S consoles. It offers a “consistent HDR gaming experience without the need for manual calibration across a variety of display technologies for different input sources, including consoles, PCs and more,” according to Samsung.
The idea of HDR10+ Gaming is that you don’t have to use manual settings, because the game engine itself automatically optimizes the color calibration in real time. It is designed to show details in dark shadows and highlights, while the screen is configured in a “true reference mode” so that colors are displayed as intended by the developer. It also supports VRR up to 120 Hz along with tone mapping that adds no extra latency to the game signal.
As with HDR10+, the challenge for Samsung is to get developers to adopt the standard for games. Dolby Vision gaming is already available or coming to over 100 games on Xbox Series X/S, so Samsung still has some catching up to do. It did say that “several companies, including Saber Interactive, are expected to showcase their HDR10+ Gaming titles” at CES 2022 (if it takes place).
Samsung could make some headway with PC gaming, though, as Dolby Vision is only available on a handful of PC titles. To pave the way for HDR10+ PC games, Samsung said NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30-series, RTX 20-series and GTX 16-series GPUs will support HDR10+ with drivers “planned for release in 2022”.
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