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Which would you prefer if pushed.

HDR. 22 61.11%
 
Ray tracing. 7 19.44%
 
Neither/other in comments. 7 19.44%
 
Total:36

I am more interested in HDR than 4K.



 

I hope my plasma keeps going on, until oleds became more afordable. Lcd are terrible.



I got my PS4 Slim and almost all games were in HDR so I don't know how PS4 games looks without HDR, but I do know that HDR is a huge improvement over SDR games. It's like a brand new experience, Uncharted 4, Spider-man, God Of War and WipEout looked gorgeous on HDR, the most impressive games I had to play yet.



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Libi said:
I hope my plasma keeps going on, until oleds became more afordable. Lcd are terrible.

My modern LCD (Sony X900E) blows my old Plasma out of the water. The plasma is a bit faded now and the blacks have suffered over the years. It's the bedroom tv, aka night light, it's on every evening for hours until the timer shuts it off at 1 am. Everything is simply better on the 4K LCD. Actually my old CRT still looks better than the Plasma tv. CRT has magic colors. It must be that radiation :)



I'm honestly more interested in Raytracing, though the first generation of GPU's are obviously a bust, so I'll be waiting for a good 1440p OLED 144hz monitor, and a second or third gen GPU that does RT well (at least a lot better than what the current gen of GPU's are doing). I've lived without HDR so far, as for 4k as well. If I want more colour and sharpness in my life I can currently down-sample with my current 1440p monitor, as well as accessing Reshade and various Sweetfx custom profiles to give me the colour/vibrancy/sharpness I need.

Last edited by Chazore - on 27 January 2019

                                       

Conina said:
Cerebralbore101 said:

Yeah, but for the longest time a good 4K monitor at 32 inches would cost something like $700, (while a good 4K TV at 55 inches could be had for $300)

I fixed that for you.

I have an LG UK6090PUA. What exactly is wrong with it? Last I checked it runs at 60 hertz, and has a response time of 11 milliseconds. 



CGI-Quality said:
Cerebralbore101 said:

Yeah, but for the longest time a good 4K monitor at 32 inches would cost something like $700, (while a good 4K TV at 55 inches could be had for $300) it was only recently that a good 4K 32 inch monitor was priced at $300 to $400. So I imagine those 32 inch OLED monitors with good response time, and hertz will take forever to come down in price. 

But yeah, those will blow everything away. They'll make 1080p look like 480 or less. 

Anything OLED will take a long time to down in price. ;P

For me, that's why an IPS/HDR monitor (4 or 8K) makes for such a comparable alternative. Only an OLED display can top it.

We are on the cursp of next-gen PC monitorsy...

That is, Micro-LED displays, with no bezels, HDR, 120hz... I am content with my 1440P, IPS panel until they become more common.

I think we might see OLED pull a plasma... That is, gain traction and then have Micro-LED's storm past.



For now I'm waiting, but my next monitor will probably have HDR. 4k not necessary, I have room for up to 26" or 27", so a 16:9 1440p will be the best choice, also because I don't like aspect ratios too large and short, except for cinema and possibly very large TVs.



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Just found out a load of older games I own have gotten HDR updates, Nex machina, Crash bandicoot, Resogun etc all do HDR really well in different ways. Also gave Monster hunter another try with gamma adjustments and it's pretty epic in certain light conditions and adds that overall smoother lighting approach. 

What's really blowing my mind about it besides the epic black to colour depth, the luminosity and over all better light rendering is it never falters and the lighting stays consistent. Games without HDR now look as if lighting and shadows are always trying to catch up to your camera movements as if there is lag (aswell as the light being uneven, washed out in SDR games) it often looks blotchy with haze woven in. 

This is absolutely blowing my mind to see the difference. I can't wait to have a new first party Sony game so i can experience proper good HDR for the first time in a full play through. Re2 is good with luminosity and lighting aspects but it lacks the punch from having 10 bit colour taken advantage of fully. 

My only issue with the tech is you have to change brightness settings in day light vs night light to get the full advantage but this doesn't bother me that much as I already have to turn on a frame smoothing PP setting on my TV that does wonders for games but is terrible for film.

Again, I'm stunned by how much this stuff effects graphics, even if 4k lacks support til next gen 10bit should be standard and here's hoping sony suport Dolby vision next gen or Dolby vision... and of course the TV's catch up. 



 

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I just bought a Samsung s8 and the HDR on it is pretty spectacular, very much on par with my TV in the case of colour and nearly there in the luminosity, but where it lacks the range the deep blacks make up for it in spades, it lacks the punch of the big screen obviously however it's still amazing and if anyone is unconvinced on HDR have a look at some sample videos on YouTube if you have a phone with an OLED. I was really surprised that HDR is available on the phone (something not even availbe on the ps4) yet doesn't allow 1440p in HDR, it may not be the best HDR but it sure is a good showcase of 10bit.



 

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