One of the biggest announcements of Sony’s PlayStation Meeting 2016 hours ago wasn’t the unveiling of the PS4 Slim or the 4K-capable PS4 Pro, it was the bombshell announcement that all current PS4 users are going to be getting a free upgrade which will enable HDR picture quality with a compatible display.
This was really unexpected for a number of reasons. Firstly, it means that you don’t need to own the PS4 Pro to enjoy one of the PS4 Pro main features – your current PS4 will do that with a simple firmware upgrade.
Secondly, Microsoft are also bringing HDR to Xbox but you will need to buy the Xbox One S console in order make use of this feature – in other words, the current Xbox One model will not support it until Microsoft states otherwise.
Here is Sony’s official statement regarding HDR as they say it will offer PS4 gamers a:
“Reproduction of brightness and darkness while realising a much wider range of colours. Users who own an HDR-compatible TV will be able to enjoy supported games and other entertainment content with visuals that are more realistic, strikingly vivid and truer to the way the human eye sees the real world”.
We now have confirmation that the PS4 HDR update will be out next week, which also means that it will be coming with the PS4 4.0 update.
Given that we didn’t have a confirmed PS4 4.0 release date since beta testing, it’s safe to assume that both are coming together in one massive update along with all of the other features.
The debate right now which hasn’t become clear yet, is what kind of HDR spec Sony are going to be offering on the PS4. There’s a great deal of confusion regarding the fact that HDMI 1.4 on the PS4 does not support full HDR and a software update couldn’t change this – only a hardware upgrade.
Either way, we’ll find out more details soon – one example of a cheap Samsung TV model that comes with a version of HDR can be found here, but is it HDR that Sony will support?
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