Microsoft proudly poises the Xbox One X as the most powerful gaming console in the world.
If you already own an Xbox One X or you’re planning to buy one soon, we’re got one excellent piece of news for you.
The Xbox One X will support HDR10+ via an upcoming firmware update. The information has been unofficially confirmed by both Samsung and Microsoft Xbox Support. Thanks, Redditor DeadPool2 for spreading the news.
The ETA for the update is not available yet.
As a quick reminder, Samsung partnered with Microsoft a few years ago, so this information is not surprising. The Korean company recently released a Windows Mixed Reality headset.
I spoke with Samsung first. I didn’t ask them directly about the Xbox One X. I asked them which devices support HDR10+. They said that the 2017 Samsung 4K blu ray players (confirmed by an insider at AVS Forum with contacts at Samsung engineering) and they said the Roku and Xbox One X would add support in the future. Then I spoke with Xbox support to confirm, without mentioning what Samsung told me.
So it would be an enormous coincidence if Samsung, who wasn’t directly asked about the X, specifically picked out the X as a compatible device, and Xbox support corroborated this, if it wasn’t true.
Then you have to consider the partnership between the two companies.
HDR10+ content — an enhanced version of HDR10
Amazon Prime Video will be the first provider of HDR10+ content. The company is expected to launch this format sometime in December.
The lower end displays will benefit most from this new format. Dynamic metadata will optimize the image depending on the TV’s limitations. The static HDR10 format doesn’t support such optimization features.
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