What HDR actually means for PC gamers

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While PC technology is usually ahead of the curve compared to consoles, HDR seems to be the exception to this rule.

The PS4, PS4 Pro, and Xbox One S all support HDR when connected to a compatible TV, but it seems that PC gamers will have to wait for HDR, as there are various hardware obstacles to overcome first.


High Dynamic Range

HDR standards have become varied and unnecessarily complicated, to the point where consumers are confused as to what the term actually means.

High Dynamic Range essentially refers to an expanded color and contrast range, factors which become more important than resolution at the 4K standard.

The technology is very new and standards are still being defined. This also means that most current displays are not HDR compatible, as the new UHD Premium standard requires a minimum of 1,000 nits of brightness, more than double that of the brightest desktop monitors on the market.

Graphics cards are ready for HDR however, with Nvidia’s Maxwell and Pascal GPUs supporting the technology. AMD’s Polaris cards are currently the only Radeon cards with HDR support.

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Monitors

HDR is generally exclusive to 4K displays, as the higher resolution has a better colour gamut range.

While 4K HDR TVs are already here with more on the way soon, it will be a while before PC gamers will be able to buy HDR gaming monitors.

4K gaming monitors are readily available, but HDR requires advanced specifications which current gaming monitors cannot deliver.

Manufacturers are expected to start pushing out HDR 4K monitors in the future, but these will be priced higher than standard 4K gaming monitors.

It seems that PC gamers will have to wait for HDR to arrive on the platform, but if you are really serious about experiencing the technology, you can always connect your PC to an HDR UHD TV.


Now read: This is how much an HDR TV costs in South Africa

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