What Is “HDR” And Why Is This Such A Big Deal For Your PlayStation 4?

by Ceidz, Owner

Today we’re getting the new PlayStation 4 System Software Update, which takes us to version 4.00. According to the conference Sony had last week, it’ll bring a new FREE feature to every PS4 console called “HDR”, which stands for High Dynamic Range. But, what is HDR, and why should we care?

First of all, we do have to ask what exactly is HDR? Well, according to Wikipedia:

High-dynamic-range imaging (HDRI) is the compositing and tone-mapping of images to extend the dynamic range beyond the native capability of the capturing device.

HDR images can represent a greater range of luminance levels than can be achieved using more ‘traditional’ methods, such as many real-world scenes containing very bright, direct sunlight to extreme shade, or very faint nebulae.

Not clear enough yet? Then watch this video which explains HDR, and what benefits you’ll obtain with that technology:

It looks cool, right? I’m very much looking forward to trying this feature! The only downside is that, and this is the most important point of this post, it requires an HDR-compatible TV-set, which means your TV probably does not support this. Guess it’s time to upgrade to a new TV for our PS4 gaming, right?

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