With PC gaming reaching ultra-levels of popularity, so is the
want for more eye candy. Advancements in HDR, or High Dynamic
Range, are making their way into Windows 11 and PC gaming after years of
popularity in the living room. With brighter images and more
vibrant colors, games are looking better than ever! And Windows
11's new Auto HDR feature can add HDR-like effects even to some
older standard dynamic range (SDR) games, similarly to how Auto HDR
works on Microsoft's Xbox Series X.
If you have an HDR-capable monitor, enabling Windows 11's Auto
HDR only takes a few simple steps. (If you don't have an
HDR monitor, however, some of the options below may not be
available to you.)
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How to enable Auto
HDR in Windows 11
First, click on Windows 11's Start Menu, and then select
Next, click on System, followed by Display on
the top of the list. This will bring you to the brightness and
colors page. Here, click on Use HDR in the second line to toggle it
Click on the HDR option to bring up a dedicated HDR settings
page. In there, you'll find the option for toggling on Auto HDR,
along with other high dynamic range features. Enable it and now
many SDR games will have their colors enhanced on your HDR monitor.
You can also confirm if your monitor will support HDR by the
display capabilities summary on this page. If you want to use HDR
and not have it automatically applied to SDR games, simply
toggle AutoHDR off but leave HDR on.
What else you should know
These are the simple steps to enable Auto HDR in Windows 11.
When properly configured, HDR provides a beautifully immersive
experience that really makes games come to life. Keep in mind,
however, that your mileage may vary on older SDR games. There are
also many different HDR monitors on the market with different
specifications and capabilities, some (much) better than others.
(Our guide to HDR gaming on the PC can help you walk through
setup considerations.) Finally, you may not always get the intended
result depending on the game. If one of your games looks wonky with
the feature enabled, you can always turn off Auto HDR and play with
normal settings. Remember to check the options in your specific
game wellâ€”many new titles will have HDR settings to toggle for best
Now go get gaming, and enjoy those enhanced colors and