I first encountered HDR on my DSLR camera and RAW image editing software a decade ago and tried all the big Ps4 exclusives in 2017 and 2018 in HDR and 4k, mostly, such as Horizon, Detroit, God of war etc however I only bought a HDR TV back in November and while I thought it was impressive everytime I used it, it's nothing yo what I am now aware of through using it regularly the last two months, I've taken to replaying levels, sections and with HDR on and off with 1080p and 4k and while 4k is pretty decent in games to sharpen images and make everything look that bit crisper, HDR goes above and beyond and makes games look as if they've bee remastered.
It makes such a difference it's unbelievable, While playing GoW through the alpheniem section whole turning HDR on and off, the game looks entirely different as if the non HDR version wasn't properly finished and the devs had yet to add much of the textures and light sources. The HDR brings out mass ammounts of detail in games while makinb them look renderd more thourally, something it doesn't do in Photographs or TV and film, It can make a game (GT sport) look as if the non HDR version is a generation apart.
Film is pretty decent too, Polar on Netflix shows how it can be used to compliment scenes by using it in only certain areas to make things pop and Planet Earth 2 shows how it can be used with luminosoty and colour enhancment through the entirety of an image but both of these have nothing on the way devs are implementing the tech in games like the new Circuit X in GT spor which seems to be a showcase for HDR to show it off. Obviously HDR is better in 4k, that said, 4k is overrated without HDR to augment the content.
If you are thinking of getting 4k, make sure you have a solid HDR display as it is where the biggest difference will be, hell i'd even say (as long as you aren't future proofing for ps5) skip 4k and grab a really good 1080p HDR display.
Anyone here agree or disagree? Also, what is your favourite HDR content?
I'm playing Re2 in 4k, HDR right now with my ps4 pro and 4k TV while also playing the demo on another account on my OG ps4 at 1080p swapping from room to room and while it's not the best use of 4k, HDR it makes the game look next level, like a generational remaster akin to TLOU on Ps3 vs TLOU on ps4.Last edited by John2290 - on 25 January 2019