VESA has just announced the DisplayHDR certification program, a new set of display requirements that will provide gamers with an easy way to find TVs and monitors that have high dynamic range (HDR) capabilities. DisplayHDR is based on VESA's existing DisplayPort certification program, but it contains a few key differences that are important for gaming enthusiasts.
DisplayHDR 1,000 and DisplayHDR 400 Monitors are Scheduled to Launch in 2018
DisplayHDR 1,000 is the next step after DisplayHDR 600, which was announced at CES 2018. The new certification will bring more demanding HDR requirements for displays that support more than 1,000 nits of brightness in a 10% window. These monitors will also be able to display an expanded range of colors with a wider color gamut and better accuracy than before; they'll also be able to produce deeper black levels thanks to local dimming technology (which combines LCD backlights with OLED-style sections).
DisplayHDR 400 has been designed as a replacement for HDTVs that do not support HDR formats like Dolby Vision and HDR10+. The certification process tests screens based on their peak brightness capabilities—which must reach at least 400 nits—as well as their ability to reproduce accurate colors and minimize artifacts like "blooming."
The specification provides a method to measure and characterise high dynamic range (HDR) displays for PC, defining luminance, colour gamut, bit depth and rise time.
The specification defines the minimum requirements for HDR displays.
A Camera Monitor that supports DisplayHDR 1000 will include a peak brightness of 1,000 nits or more, at least 90% coverage of the DCI-P3 colour gamut, and 10-bit support for 1.07 billion colours. The latter means it can accurately display all available colours (including those not found in nature), which is good news if you're into photography or design work.
The reason why HDR monitors are so expensive is because they require backlighting technology that's capable of higher luminance than typical displays do. In addition to this being expensive to build into a panel, it also requires more power to run. This means that your computer will likely have an auxiliary power supply to power these brighter screens when you're using them for tasks such as watching movies on Netflix or editing photos in Photoshop CS6
LG has been testing the 32UK550 HDR400 monitor with AMD Radeon FreeSync, as well as its new 34GK950G Nano IPS display with NVIDIA G-SYNC.
The 32UK550 is a 31.5-inch display that features a 4K resolution, 1000 nits of brightness, and HDR 400 support. The company has not yet announced pricing or availability information for the TV, but we can expect to see it launch sometime this year in North America and Europe.
The 34GK950G Nano (pictured above) will be available starting June 13th on Dell’s website for $1,800 USD in either silver or black finishes.
Adopting HDR technology has been a smart choice for gaming monitors. With the right monitor, you can get a much more immersive experience that’s comparable to what you’d find in a movie theater or TV show.
The benefits of HDR gaming monitors include:
Improved contrast ratio and color accuracy (by up to 1,000 times). This helps gamers see details in dark areas of their screen that they might not have seen otherwise.
Better contrast ratio means higher details on your screen when compared to SDR Camera Control Monitors; this makes it easier for players to spot enemies lurking in dark corners or behind walls.
Computer game developers have been using HDR for some time now to add realistic shadowing and lighting effects to their games.
In an HDR-enabled game, you might notice that the sky looks much darker than usual, while your character or weapon glows with a realistic gleam.
You might not think that the monitors you use for gaming or video editing would have anything to do with VR, but it turns out that they do. AMD and NVIDIA are both working on improving their graphics cards so they can handle 4K HDR content in real-time, which is necessary for VR. When these monitor manufacturers begin shipping displays with 1000 nits of brightness, this will result in more powerful graphics cards going forward from both AMD and NVIDIA.
This means we'll likely see some new GPUs coming out soon—maybe even within the next year or two—that are capable of driving these new types of screens at high refresh rates (and therefore delivering higher frame rates). These GPUs will also be able to handle high dynamic range rendering as well as high refresh rate rendering (which means they'll support upscaling from 60Hz panels). This will enable game developers to create games at higher resolutions and run them at 120Hz—and movies could look even better than ever before!
The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announced the final certification requirements for DisplayHDR 1000 and DisplayHDR 400 monitors at CES 2018. The specification provides a method to measure and characterise high dynamic range (HDR) displays for PC, defining luminance, colour gamut, bit depth, and rise time.
DisplayHDR 1000 Monitors Are Scheduled to Launch in 2018
DisplayHDR is a performance standard developed by VESA that indicates the quality of HDR content being displayed on your display. There are five tiers available; DisplayHDR 400, 600/600c/600v/700m; with each successive tier representing higher performance levels.
The VESA DisplayHDR certification program is a great way to ensure that consumers get the best HDR experience possible. It gives consumers confidence that they're getting an accurate representation across all of their devices. The program also provides manufacturers with guidelines on how to make their monitors better and more consistent, so it's win-win for everyone involved