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.
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.
Click your windows start button and open “settings”
Select “USE HDR” and switch to “ON”
In HDR settings, swtich Auto HDR to “ON”
MSI HDR supporting monitor list
MPG ARTYMIS 273CQR
MPG ARTYMIS 273CQRX-QD
MPG ARTYMIS 323CQR
MPG ARTYMIS 343CQR
MAG ARTYMIS 274CP
MAG ARTYMIS 324CP
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