HDR is the real deal for gaming and movies

Recently I upgraded my TV to an LG 65UH950T. It supports HDR (both HDR10 and Dolby Vision), 3D and 4k.

Having finally setup my Xbox One S to test the HDR feature I can safely say I am converted. HDR is not a gimmick, but genuinely brilliant in adding a lot of colour depth and lighting to games and movies.

Movies I’ve had a look at in HDR10 and 4k include Deadpool, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, John Wick and Man of Steel. Man of Steel visually is probably the least impressive of the four movies, due to the fact that it is apparently upscaled from a 2k source. Having said that, it is still really impressive and the clarity and lighting is just amazing.

One thing I haven’t been able to test is the soundtracks to the movies. Every 4K bluray seems to support Dolby Atmos and it is meant to be truly spacial and immersive.

One thing I did notice when I bought the TV home is that my trusty Yamaha RX-V479 doesn’t support HDR pass-through. The Yamaha RX-V481 does support HDR10 pass-through but not Dolby Vision. Later this year in Australia the Yamaha 83′ series comes out. I may have to upgrade my 479 amp to the RX-V583 because this not only supports four different types of HDR, but has Dolby Atmos sound support as well. The only downside to the newer amps is that they only have four HDMI ports whereas the Yamaha RX-V479 has six.

Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 3 look absolutely fantastic in upscaled 4K with HDR. It really does make a huge difference to the look of the game.

Suffice to say I’m super excited now for the Scorpio and can’t wait for further E3 announcements. 2017 is going to be a great year for gaming and movies.

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  1. If you watch a lot of Netflix you may want to consider the LG models. A lot of the Samsung models don’t have Dolby Vision built in whereas all LG models do since 2016. Netflix supports Dolby Vision and it looks pretty great for most part.

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