Microsoft Reveals Brilliant Auto HDR Tech For Xbox Series X And S

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Xbox Series X/S may not have a big list of exclusives that it can flex against the PS5, but it does have tons of new and amazing features that can definitely make a difference. We already know about Smart Delivery and Xbox Game Pass, so now you can add one more to the list. Microsoft has revealed an amazing feature called Auto HDR that will be present in Xbox Series X/S.

Tons of game developers are adding HDR support in their games, however, it is still not a mainstream tech. Microsoft wants to change that. Due to time, technology, or monetary constraints, several developers do not apply HDR to their games.

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Fortunately, this won’t matter now. Microsoft added something called Auto HDR to their next-gen consoles. It will automatically convert SDR to HDR, all without losing the ‘original artistic’ design of the game. Developers don’t have to worry about anything as it will not need any extra work. HDR will be implemented via the console’s hardware, which means that there is not going to be any type of performance hit or lag. Pair this tech with backward compatibility on the Series X/S and you can play older games like never before. The above screenshot shows the HDR versions of Subnautica and Fuzion Frenzy.

“Developers simply didn’t have the development resources or time to implement HDR. With Xbox Series X and Series S we are introducing a new feature named Auto HDR. Auto HDR automatically adds HDR enhancements to games which only shipped with SDR. Auto HDR enhances the visual quality of an SDR game without changing the original artistic intent of the game,” the official Microsoft blog said about the feature. “Auto HDR is implemented by the system so developers don’t have to do any work to take advantage of this feature. Also, since Auto HDR is enabled by the console’s hardware, there is absolutely no performance cost to the CPU, GPU or memory and there is no additional latency added ensuring you receive the ultimate gaming experience.”

So what do you think? Are you interested in Auto HDR? Will you be playing any older games with this tech? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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