Samsung has launched its long-awaited HDR gaming format, ENBLE.

Samsung has launched its long-awaited HDR gaming format, ENBLE.

Samsung Announces HDR10+ Gaming Support with Inaugural Title ‘The First Descendant’


Better late than never. Samsung has just announced that The First Descendant will be the inaugural title to support the HDR10+ Gaming standard. Although it’s been two years since Samsung initially introduced HDR10+ Gaming, and there are already devices that support it, it took this long for the first HDR10+ game to arrive. Here’s what we know.

A Free-to-Play Third-Person Shooter

The First Descendant is going to be a free-to-play game. Developed by Nexon, this third-person shooter is set to begin its open beta on September 19. While the HDR10+ standard isn’t strictly a PC feature, it’s looking like the game will support it on PCs first, or maybe even exclusively. However, the game is going to be available on a wide range of platforms, including the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X/S. So, it’s possible that these consoles might also expand to allow HDR10+ at some point.

Improving the Gaming Experience

What can switching to HDR10+ do for your gaming experience? For starters, the new standard, when supported by the game you’re playing and the screen you’re playing on, will save you a lot of tedious manual adjusting. It enables games to automatically adjust the colors and brightness based on the monitor you’re using. The result is improved shadows and highlights without needing to fiddle with those settings yourself.

HDR10+ Gaming is also compatible with variable refresh rate (VRR), and Samsung advertises it as a low-latency option compared to the regular HDR10 standard. This makes it a promising option for gamers who crave responsiveness and smooth gameplay. Although it’s still unclear how big of a deal HDR10+ Gaming will be in the gaming community, its potential advantages suggest a positive impact on gameplay.

Tangible Improvements and Device Compatibility

Outside of gaming, the HDR10+ standard brings tangible improvements, such as increasing the maximum brightness to 4,000 nits in compatible TVs. This translates to a visually stunning display with vibrant colors and impressive contrast.

However, it’s important to note that not all devices and hardware support HDR10+. Nvidia’s best graphics cards, including its entire RTX lineup, as well as the GTX 16-series cards, do support it. As for displays, Samsung’s latest gaming monitors, starting from the Odyssey 7 and up, are ready for HDR10+. Additionally, several Samsung TVs, including the Q70-series and above, can run HDR10+ content.

The Road Ahead for HDR10+

The adoption of HDR10+ might take some time, considering this is the first title to support it after nearly two years since its introduction. It’s hard to imagine it ever beating the widespread adoption of the Dolby Vision standard in the TV world. However, Samsung’s commitment to pushing HDR10+ forward suggests that they are determined to make it happen.

As technology continually evolves, it is exciting to see advancements like HDR10+ Gaming. The potential for improved visuals and seamless gaming experiences creates a positive horizon for gamers. With titles like The First Descendant leading the way, we can only anticipate further innovation and support from both game developers and hardware manufacturers.

So, get ready to dive into a new level of visual experience with HDR10+ Gaming and embrace the possibilities it holds for gaming enthusiasts worldwide.