New Auto-HDR features coming to Windows 11’s Xbox Game Bar

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  • A lot of new changes are coming to the Windows 11 Xbox Game bar.
  • Microsoft is continuing efforts to boost gaming as much as possible.
  • Redmond officials mentioned that more improvements are to come.
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Gamers, pause your action and save your progress for just a few seconds, as we have some pretty new and exciting news for the likes of you.

As you surely remember, last year, the Redmond tech giant brought us all Auto High Dynamic Range (HDR) to our PC gaming experience.

But now the company, as well as its community, is ready to take another major leap into perfecting what many of us consider the perfect escape.

Today, we’re going to talk about the additional improvements to the Auto HDR experience on PC that are currently available on Windows 11 and the latest version of Game Bar.

Game Bar Auto HDR Intensity Slider coming to Windows 11

Some of the new features brought recently, such as multi-GPU support, which comprises Nvidia SLI and AMD CrossFire, are also available today but only on the Windows 11 Beta and Dev Insider channel builds.

The Auto HDR intensity slider lets you control how vivid and bright you want the colors in your game to be with Auto HDR. In games with extremely bright or dim colors, you can adjust the slider to your liking so you can get the best Auto HDR experience.

To open Xbox Game Bar you can use the shortcut Win+G. To use the intensity slider, navigate to the Xbox Game Bar, then click the Settings button. Within Settings, click on the Gaming features section.

Now, right in that section, you will see a button that says Adjust HDR Intensity. When you click on that button a pop-up window with an intensity slider will appear.

If you want it to stay in your Game Bar overlay, you can pin it down by pressing the pin button at the top right. This lets you control the intensity of the colors in your game.

Note that this slider only applies to games with Auto HDR and not games with existing native HDR. The level of intensity is saved per game, meaning that you can set a certain level of intensity for AHDR for a particular game and it will not affect any Auto HDR settings in other games.

Game Bar Auto HDR Checkbox

Available to all Windows 11 users today if you download latest Xbox Game Bar from the Microsoft Store.

In addition to the Windows Settings app, you can also now turn on or off Auto HDR by just accessing the Xbox Game Bar within your game.

To access these new Xbox Game Bar features, you need to have a version of Xbox Game Bar that is newer than 5.721. You can download the latest version of Xbox Game Bar through the Windows Store.

Multi-GPU Compatibility

In the last year, we’ve added Auto HDR support for multi-discrete-GPU setups such as Nvidia’s Scalable Link Interface (SLI) and AMD’s CrossFire in DirectX12 games.

So, if you have a set-up that takes advantage of multiple GPUs, you can now use Auto HDR in more games.

This feature is currently available in the latest Windows Insider Program build in the Dev and Beta channels.

Customize Auto HDR Notifications

If you are finding the notifications for Auto HDR distracting to your gameplay, you can turn off these notifications in the settings.

Find the one for Auto HDR and switch the toggle to Off if you want the notifications off. We also provide the option to change the settings so that the notification remains on but does not play a sound or show notification banners.

This feature is currently available in the latest Windows Insider Program build in the Dev and Beta channels.

What is your take on these latest modifications that Microsoft has decided to implement for the Xbox Game Bar on PC?

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