Microsoft Xbox One HDR update questioned after PS4 4.0

By Alan Ng - Sep 13, 2016

We we just told you moments ago, the PS4 4.0 system software update is now live adding a lot of cosmetic changes to the PS4 UI but perhaps more importantly, bringing the new PS4 ‘HDR’ or High Dynamic Range feature to the system.

This is one of the main features of the upcoming PS4 Pro console which will arrive in November, but Sony shocked gamers and the tech world by announcing that PS4 users will also get it for free.

Inevitably there has been questions raised about this from a technical standpoint, but also fingers pointed towards Microsoft who are making gamers pay for the Xbox One S to enjoy HDR.


You can see one Xbox One owner ask the same question in a recent Tweet above, but then again what kind of HDR are Sony exactly offering to PS4 users?

The general feeling is that true HDR requires a HDMI 2.0 output, which we all know isn’t possible since the PS4 uses HDMI 1.4. Sony isn’t going into specifics on how the PS4 can handle HDR, but does it really matter if PS4 games will still look better with the HDR option enabled?

Give us your thoughts on this, on both sides of the argument. Are Sony staying silent because they know it won’t be true HDR gaming?

Should Microsoft take any blame by not giving Xbox One users a free HDR update?

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  • It should be about the games

    Sony are, and always have been this generation, riding a wave of hype. That wave has now crashed ashore. The PS4 isn’t some miracle of engineering, or the ultimate gaming machine built by some advanced creatures in a galaxy far, far away. It’s built by Sony, a company strapped for cash who are now desperately trying to hold on to the mythical image they have garnered by any means possible. They have MS to thank for that early success. MS totally screwed up their launch alienating themselves from a lot of gamers who took offence at what Mattrick was telling them which in turn made it far too easy for Sony to appear like their latest offering had been sent to earth in a beam of light. Well that light’s gone out. Nothing lasts forever I’m afraid. The Pro is nothing but a cheap update offering nothing of any real value, and now they’re apparently going to offer HDR on a system that can’t support it. Come on, Sony, tell us another one.

  • Admir Karalic

    Sony is going backwards… smh. Take this as an analogy, you could compare Sony’s service as being 1080p and then going backwards to 1080i… huge difference, but used to be sold at the same price, fking pathetic.


    Except this is not true HDR on ps4. HDR requires HDMI 2.0 which ps4 does not have. Someone is fibbing.

  • Leonardo Muniz

    Probably it will be a simulated HDR, making the jump between colors a little wider while maximizing high and low light frequencies. This will produce a closer look to HDR while mantaining the same color bit depth as SDR. This could also be improved if they use color dithering to simulate the missing colors. Of course this would never be like the real HDR color depth but it could look very close to it.