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Recently, Microsoft released the all-new Windows 11, which is available for Windows 10 users to upgrade. One of the biggest improvements of Windows 11 in gaming is the Auto HDR feature. The Auto HDR feature can intelligently take SDR-only games to HDR level for better color/brightness range.

But what is HDR?

HDR stands for high-dynamic range. Gamers will have a better in-game experience while using HDR-supporting monitors to play games that support HDR. Due to the better range of color and luminance, HDR contents give users an immersive, realistic gaming experience than regular SDR content. In the past, gamers don't get to enjoy HDR if the games only generate SDR content, even when using high-end PC and HDR supporting monitors.

So, Auto HDR is a new solution?

Windows 11 Auto HDR can automatically calculate the SDR content and tune it to near HDR content quality. However, there are few things you should know. Microsoft’s new feature brings big benefits to gamers. It allows gamers to play games that didn't support HDR to be played at HDR quality. Here are few things that we should do before enabling Auto HDR.

Windows 11 Auto HDR

Game: Watch Dog 2 (Leftside: Original, Rightside: Auto HDR ON)

After enabling Auto HDR, we will find the contrast level increasing. As shown in the image, we can notice the difference between original SDR content and Auto HDR ON with the latter having more details.

     
Before we start gaming with Auto HDR, there are few things we should beware of.

First, you must use the latest Microsoft Windows 11 operating system. For Windows 10 users, please check How to check if your system is available for Windows 11? to learn more about Windows 11 SPEC requirements. You can also check our list of MSI Win 11 supported products.

Secondly, your monitor must support HDR. You can check the list of all MSI HDR supporting monitors at the end of this article.

Once you are ready, please follow the steps below to enable Auto HDR.

Step 1
Click your windows start button and open “settings”

Click your windows start button

Step 2
Select “Display”

Select Display

Step 3
Select “USE HDR” and switch to “ON”

Select USE HDR and switch to ON

Step 4
In HDR settings, swtich Auto HDR to “ON”

In HDR settings, swtich Auto HDR to ON

MSI HDR supporting monitor list


DisplayHDR 600
MEG381CQR Plus
MPG321QRF-QD
MPG321UR-QD
Summit MS321UP
Creator PS321QR
Creator PS321URV
Prestige PS341WU


DisplayHDR 400
MPG ARTYMIS 273CQR
MPG341CQR
MAG251RX
G251F
MPG ARTYMIS 273CQRX-QD
MPG341CQRV
MAG281URF
G251PF
MPG ARTYMIS 323CQR
MPG341QR
MAG281URV
MPG ARTYMIS 343CQR
MAG321QR


DisplayHDR Ready
NXG253R
MAG273
MAG301CR
MAG ARTYMIS 274CP
MAG2732
MAG301CR2
MAG ARTYMIS 324CP
MAG273R
MAG301RF
MAG272
MAG273R2
MAG321CURV
MAG272C
MAG274QRF
MAG322CQP
MAG272CQP
MAG274QRF-QD
MAG322CQR
MAG272CQR
MAG274
MAG322CR
MAG272CR
MAG2742
MAG342CQ
MAG272CRX
MAG274R
MAG342CQR
MAG272QP
MAG274R2
MAG272QR
MAG272R


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