Almost two years after its initial announcement in October 2021, Samsung announced that Nexon’s free co-op action game The First Descendant will be the first game to support the HDR10+ gaming standard. The open beta test of the project will take place from September 19th to 25th.
While Samsung hasn’t specified which platforms will support HDR10+ gaming in The First Descendant, it’s safe to assume that it’s at least PC-friendly: neither Sony nor Microsoft have yet announced support for this new HDR format on their platforms, while NVIDIA has announced that November 2022 will have confirmed HDR10+ gaming support for its GeForce GTX 16 series graphics cards and all GeForce RTX models.
The main advantage of the HDR10+ gaming standard is that games can automatically calibrate brightness and colors based on the capabilities of the connected monitor or TV. This ensures better image quality and more accurate color reproduction. In addition, Samsung claims that HDR10+ gaming has low latency and is compatible with variable refresh rates.
In order to be able to use the technology, you need a display that supports HDR10+ gaming in addition to a compatible PC. Samsung claims that its new Neo QLED series TVs and Odyssey gaming monitors already support this standard. Additionally, NVIDIA announced last year that select TVs from Amazon, Panasonic, TCL, and Vizio are also compatible with the new standard.
HDR10+ has been around for several years and is an open and free competitor to Dolby Vision HDR. Both offer a number of key advantages over the standard HDR10 format. Interestingly, compatible games on the Xbox Series X and S consoles already support the Dolby Vision standard. According to HDTVTest expert Vincent Teoh, the benefits of Dolby Vision over standard HDR10 were minimal.
Despite Samsung’s claims of “world first” support HDR10+ gamingThe company has already mentioned other games related to this standard: in particular Redout 2 and Pinball FX by Saber Interactive, as well as the Happy Trails and Kidnapped Princess projects, which should be presented with this technology at CES 2022.