Considerations for Playing Games with HDR Enabled

Updated 10/05/2021 11:30 AM

What are some considerations for playing games with HDR enabled?


To take advantage of high dynamic range (HDR) in HDR games and videos, Microsoft recommends enabling Windows HDR (Settings > System > Display) prior to playing HDR content. For some HDR TVs and computer displays, however, HDR colors and luminance are not accurate. For these displays, standard dynamic range (SDR) works best. To relieve customers from needing to constantly enable and disable HDR from the Windows settings, the NVIDIA driver dynamically switches HDR on and off based on the content.


While the NVIDIA driver dynamic HDR switching works fine for most HDR games and HDR/SDR scenarios, there are some rare cases where there may be issues with either the Windows HDR or games.

  • If Windows HDR is off and you enable HDR from the in-game settings, but choose a non-native in-game resolution, some games will end up with incorrect scaling.
  • If Windows HDR is off and you enable HDR from the in-game settings or start an HDR video, the NVIDIA driver will switch the display to HDR mode but HDR content will appear incorrect (for example, colors are desaturated or dim).
  • If Windows HDR is on and you run certain Vulkan games, such as Doom Eternal, with HDR turned off from the in-game settings, the game might display too dim as there is a mismatch between the Windows and game HDR setting.


If you encounter such issues with a particular game or application, NVIDIA recommends setting the Windows HDR and the in-game HDR to the same setting.

For example:

  • If the in-game mode is set to SDR, then turn the Windows HDR Off.
  • If the in-game mode is set to HDR, then turn the Windows HDR On.

This workaround is necessary while NVIDIA works with Microsoft and application developers to resolve these issues between the OS and games.

To access the Windows HDR settings:

  1. 1. Press the Windows key and the letter "i" at the same time to bring up the Windows Settings

  2. 2. In the search field, type "Windows HD Color settings" and then choose Windows HD Color settings from the search results.

  3. 3. From the Windows HD Color settings panel, you may enable and disable the global Windows HDR settings by setting the "Use HDR" to On or Off.

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