Microsoft testing its new Auto HDR for nearly 1000 PC games

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According to recent sources, the Redmond-based giant, Microsoft, is planning to automatically add HDR support to more than 1,000 PC games. It is now testing a new Auto HDR feature on Windows 10, which works just like it does on the latest Xbox Series S and X consoles.

The new feature will add a high dynamic range (HDR) to a large number of DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 games, as long as you have a compatible HDR monitor.

“While some game studios develop for HDR gaming PCs by mastering their game natively for HDR, Auto HDR for PC will take DirectX 11 or DirectX 12 SDR-only games and intelligently expand the color/brightness range up to HDR. It’s a seamless platform feature that will give you an amazing new gaming experience that takes full advantage of your HDR monitor’s capabilities.”

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According to sources, the Auto HDR can be enabled in the latest Windows 10 test build (21337), and it should be automatically enabled or can be toggled in the display part of settings.  For now, the Auto HDR feature is just in a preview state, and not all top DirectX 11 / 12 games will support it.

The windows maker stated that it is also working to optimize performance and fix some issues, and the company admits “Auto HDR does take some GPU compute power to implement.”

Alongside the Auto HDR feature, improvements to Virtual Desktops, a File Explorer layout update, and even some changes to built-in apps like Notepad, are being brought to the Windows platform with the latest update.

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Sources indicate that Windows 10 will soon include custom backgrounds for each Virtual Desktop, with the ability to easily reorder desktops. Windows 10 will also be updated to include Windows Terminal and Power Automate Desktop


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