HDR finally arrives on Xbox One and Series ... but still not on PlayStation 5





The Xbox Series X | S become the first next-generation consoles to feature this technology.

Good news for Xbox One and Xbox Series X owners | S fond of YouTube videos: After several years of waiting, HDR support on Microsoft consoles is finally effective. On the other hand, owners of PlayStation 5 will still have to be a little patient.



Two other criteria: video and screen

The Xbox YouTube app now allows you to display videos enhanced with HDR (High Dynamic Range) technology; subject to owning a compatible television, of course.

This privilege concerns the Xbox One S, Xbox One X and the latest generation consoles, the Xbox Series X and S. There are no special settings to make: when launching a YouTube HDR video via the application, this will automatically display the content in HDR if the screen allows it. To make sure the video is displayed correctly and in HDR, just check the player's 'Stats for Nerds'.



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HDR promised on Xbox since 2017

Until now, Xboxes had never been entitled to HDR via their YouTube application, unlike the PlayStation 4, which offers it since 2019. However, the Xbox One offered HDR on streaming services like Netflix and Prime Video . Microsoft has been mentioning this addition since 2017, but will therefore have taken a few years before implementing it.

By the way, the Redmond firm took the opportunity to get ahead of its competitor in the field of new generation consoles. Indeed, on the Sony side, the Japanese firm still does not offer this capacity for its PlayStation 5.


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 HDR on YouTube since 2016

YouTube introduced HDR video in 2016. More recently, in December 2020, the platform also offered it for live broadcasts, including video games in HDR format.

According to the group, 'the HDR format allows you to offer your viewers content with more vivid and more realistic colors on devices working with this format.'

While the number of HDR videos on YouTube remains relatively small, this support on Microsoft consoles may encourage creators to offer more.

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