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One of the most exciting features to come with the Xbox Series is Auto HDR. This brings a greater spectrum of colors and luminosities to titles that do not have one. Like FPS Boost, Auto HDR can significantly transform a title released before the birth of technology. If it was previously reserved for the latest generation consoles, this claim will soon be over.

Indeed, it is via the DirectX developer blog we learn that the feature is available today for members of the Windows Insider program. The test is intended to be large-scale, because more than 1000 DirectX 11 and 12 games will benefit from HDR automatically. To best illustrate the contribution of this technology, you can have a first glimpse with the comparison below:

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As can be seen in the middle image, Auto HDR allows you to bring additional details to the colored areas, invisible without the functionality. Of course, the result does not equal an implementation made in the studio by the developers. Nevertheless, it brings a plus to titles that would not have benefited otherwise.

If you want to have access to the feature, you must be registered with the Windows Insider program and be on build 21337 or higher. Obviously, you will need a monitor that supports HDR. From there, your screen will automatically switch to the mode if the title is compatible. Otherwise, you have to go through the menu of Windows HD color adjustments and activate the line “Use HDR”.

Best of all, Auto HDR on PC also offers split-screen mode. This allows you to display SDR source content on the left and HDR source on the right on one half of the screen! Perfect for making comparisons!

This method is only for advanced users, but if you want to try it, here’s how:

Open the administrative command prompt
To enable split screen, run the following command:
reg add HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlGraphicsDrivers /v AutoHDR.ScreenSplit /t REG_DWORD /d 1

To turn off the split screen, run the following command:
reg delete HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlGraphicsDrivers /v AutoHDR.ScreenSplit /f

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