Microsoft’s most recent hardware revision, the Xbox One S, isn’t capable of playing 4K games like the PlayStation 4 Pro or next year’s “Project Scorpio,” but it does support a feature that may be even more important to gamers: high-dynamic range. HDR, which allows for incredible contrast between light and dark colors and creates more realistic lighting effects, is supported on a number of current and future Xbox One games. The following is a list of every current and upcoming Xbox One game confirmed to support HDR thus far.
|Current Games||Upcoming Games|
|Pure Chess Ultra||Resident Evil 7: Biohazard|
|Gears of War 4||Scalebound|
|Deus Ex: Mankind Divided|
|World of Tanks|
|Final Fantasy XV|
|Forza Horizon 3|
Microsoft’s strategy for HDR support on the Xbox One S varies drastically from that of Sony. The latter company launched the budget-priced PlayStation 4 “Slim,” as well as the PlayStation 4 Pro with high-dynamic range support out of the box. Original PlayStation 4 systems were also given HDR support via a software update. Older, first-party games like Infamous: Second Son and third-party releases such as Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, and The Last of Us: Remastered were also recently patched to support the technology.
Though Microsoft has only announced HDR support for a few of its titles, the feature is all but guaranteed for future first-party releases. The last three Microsoft-published games — Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, and ReCore — all support HDR, and with the launch of the 4K-ready Scorpio console next year, it would be downright silly for games such as Halo Wars 2 and Crackdown to skip out on the enhanced visuals afforded by HDR.
We expect the list of support games to grow substantially in the future. Be sure to check back as we update this page with more HDR-supported games as they’re announced.