January 3, 2022
HDR10+ Technologies, an industry group with more than 128 licensees and nearly 5,000 supported devices, on the eve of CES announced a new high dynamic range standard called HDR10+ Gaming.
HDR10+ is a dynamic metadata HDR standard with no licensing fees and compatibility with HDR 10 content.
“The new HDR10+ Gaming standard delivers to both game developers and players a more compelling and consistent experience, across a wide variety of consumer electronic products,” according to HDR10+ Technologies.
The new HDR10+ Gaming specifications were established based on input received from the game industry, according to the group’s press release. The format utilizes HDR10+ Source Side Tone Mapping (SSTM) for more accurate game output to compatible displays.
The HDR10+ Gaming standard also includes automated HDR calibration, which automatically sets a TV or display in a low latency reference mode. It can also support variable refresh rates (VRR) at 4K 120fps.
Before it can receive a HDR10+ Gaming certification mark, each device must undergo rigorous compliance testing to insure that it meets performance requirements, according to HDR10+ Technologies, which is partnering with a number of companies globally to establish the certification process.
This includes Teledyne LeCroy, which makes testing equipment and is working with the LLC to provide multiple solutions for SSTM.
“We are excited to be working with HDR10+ Technologies in their efforts to standardize this new HDR10+ solution for dynamic HDR gaming,” Neal Kendall, product manager for Teledyne LeCroy Video Products, said in a statement.
HDR10+ Gaming products will be available later this year, in cooperation with companies including Game Mechanic Studios, NVIDIA and Saber Interactive.
“We are very excited to help usher in a new era of video game picture quality,” Todd Hollenshead, the head of publishing at Saber Interactive, said in a statement. “The HDR10+ Gaming standard is truly raising the bar and we are proud of being at the forefront of bringing it to market, with games like Redout 2, the fastest 8K anti-gravity racer ever made; and Pinball FX, the king of digital pinball. Both of these titles are brought to life in a brand new way.”
Game Mechanic Studios will be showcasing their HDR10+ Gaming titles at CES, including Happy Trails & the Kidnapped Princess, which will be available in 2022. These and other 4K and 8K titles will be demonstrated and powered by NVIDIA graphic processors (GPUs).
Samsung Electronics also recently announced that all of its 2022 televisions and game monitors will support HDR10+ Gaming as well.