Red Dead Redemption has already been a masterpiece of all time since 2018, the graphics are impressive all the way. From the YouTuber gaming tech, the guy showed how the new HDR technique can improve the visuals without any enhancing tool or script.
For the display a minimum recommended for HDR enjoyment is an LG CX with a peak brightness of 700-800 nits. Now let’s delve into the HDR setting within Red Dead Redemption 2. The game doesn’t support system-level calibration, but fear not, for there are three crucial settings to tweak: HDR style, peak brightness, and paper white. The game changer here is switching the HDR style from cinematic to game for a vibrant HDR experience.
The HDR Black level floor had been a point of contention for many. Contrary to claims of washout, the game can output zero nits, often contributing to a deliberately foggy appearance for atmospheric effect. While the details shine a bit more on PlayStation 5, here the nitpicking is at a high level.
Specular highlights, the jewel of any HDR experience, are a treat in Red Dead Redemption 2. They’re bright, detailed, and a testament to Rockstar Games’ commitment to quality. Unfortunately, the game does not utilize HDR color space extensively, but that doesn’t make the implementation fake or broken.
Summing up the technicalities, a spot-on HDR Black Level floor, stunning specular highlights, and a mild yearning for more HDR color space. No, onto the recommended settings:
HDR Style: Change it to “Game” for the authentic HDR experience.
Peak Brightness: Adjust it based on your display’s capabilities. On consoles, set 200 nits above your screen’s limit.
Paper White: For HDR Dolby Vision, aim for 200-300 nits. Use a lower value for Dynamic Tone Mapping, around 150.
Fine-tuning dark area settings, particularly for LG QLED TVs, is optional here. In conclusion, Red Dead Redemption 2 shines in HDR when technically scrutinized. It may not boast neon lights like Cyberpunk, but the subtle beauty of candles and natural lighting makes for an immersive HDR experience. Watch the video for an in-depth process.