High Dynamic Range or HDR is a general term for a range of standards designed to increase the range of the color and contrast of the HDR PS4 Pro Gaming Monitor far beyond what existing hardware can produce. In spite of what you may have been told during the hasty switch to 4K, resolution is not all that important when talking about image quality.
Contrast, vibrant color, and brightness all become increasingly important to image quality the moment resolution requirements have been met, and improving these standards is what HDR seeks to do. Also, HDR is not an incremental upgrade, its major requirements will entail new hardware for virtually everyone and a transformation that does not require trained eyes or a yardstick to notice.
Firstly, HDR specifications need at least 1000 nits or cd/m2 of brightness for LCD screens. Top of the range desktop gaming monitors, with a maximum brightness of around 300-400 nits, don’t even come close to meeting the requirements. Same goes for the good laptops which come in at around 100 nits more. Cellphones with the sci-fi sunlight-viewable screen technology can only manage about 800 nits. When we talk about brightness, HDR-compliant screens are far better than all these displays.
Why shouldn’t it be the usual TV that you use when it comes to playing games on your PS4 Pro?
It’s true that you can use any monitor or TV for that matter as long as there is a view of the game that you are going to play. However, there’s a reason why it is best to play games using an HDR monitor for gaming. Many gamers have been waiting for the HDR monitor to arrive in PC and they have received both the good and the bad about it. The good thing is that it has finally set during the CES that took place early this year, with announcements from brands supporting the HDR10. Expect displays from LG, Acer, ASUS, Dell and Samsung.
However, the bad about it is that it doesn’t really matter that much. What’s worse is that this is the PC arena, not for PS4. There has been a long debacle about the HDR monitors designed for PS4 Pro, because many monitors don’t seem compatible with it. The standards for the HDR monitor in the recent years have gotten worse and even with all those announcements made, there were only a couple of desktop displays equipped with HDR that have ever made it to the marketplace in the summer of 2017. Some of them like the U2158D from Dell do not fully support the requirements of HDR10, while the others like the ROG Swift PG35VQ of ASUS have remained hard on their stance.
Gamers have shared their experience and knowledge about how difficult it will be to find HDR enabled monitors that are compatible with PS4 Pro. The reason is not about how limited the stocks are – they are very expensive compared to the large screen TV due to its lower input latency plus its higher refresh rates – the best features you can find from a gaming monitor.
Here are the HDR compatible monitors that are suggested to work best with PS4 Pro:
- Dell 37” UltraSharp 4K HDR10 Monitor, priced at $1,999
- LG 32” 4K HDR10 Monitor priced at $999
You can also find identical monitors based on the list above, like the ones mentioned above. However, the ASUS ROG Swift and Acer Predator above are 3440 x 1440 UltraWide, and PS4 Pro doesn’t support that feature, which is better of going somewhere. Both are expected to sell at $1,500.
Some gamers prefer to by the 4K HDR TV since most monitors they’ve seen in the market are not 4K – they are just 2K/QHD and they are sold for a minimum of $800.
It is true that HDR monitors is a brand new thing these days, which is why it feels like you are buying a new 4KTV when it just came into the market. However, many gamers prefer to wait for a little while before they invest their money into something that big, so that they will be able to get the best deal when demand for HDR monitors for PS4 Pro goes high.