God of War (PS4)

Same. That’s why I read the article this time instead of watching the video.

These PC PS4 conversions are just great. A curated collection of the highlights of some other platform. I wish someone had done that for the PC and I could just have played those :-)

We’re still waiting for a Bloodborne PC port! I think that’s the one big hold-out.

Spider-Man,Ghost of Tsushima. and Last of Us.

Remaster Bloodborne you cowards!

I’m playing through this a second time but on the PC this time - it’s an absolutely fantastic port of an already amazing must-play title, imo. It looks just jaw dropping gorgeous - Digital Foundry has all the details in the video Rock8man dropped yesterday, but I will say there is one question I have for those folks that are more familiar with how HDR works on PC.

I’m used to my TV having HDR of course, but this is the first time I’ve owned a monitor with it. I have Windows 11 and I have HDR and Auto-HDR enabled in Windows. But yet my desktop experience outside of games is a little more washed out than if I turn HDR off. So, when I go to play God of War, I turn HDR on manually and then off again in Control Panel - isn’t this what AutoHDR (the setting) should be doing?

Also, I notice my Steam screenshots (F12) look super washed out compared to what I’m actually seeing when I play. For example:

Steam Screenshot:

Off-screen picture taken with my phone:

Is that normal behavior for HDR content on PC?

Steam can’t take HDR screenshots.

I think the Xbox Gamebar (Win + G) might be able to?

Oh, good to know, I’ll give that a try. Thanks!

I thought AutoHDR was an automatic HDR like conversion for non-HDR supporting games. So it doesn’t apply here.

Just seems silly to me that Auto HDR doesn’t mean it only runs HDR when an HDR enabled application is detected, and so has HDR running on the desktop. What desktop wants HDR?

I noticed in Monster Hunter Rise, HDR has that same washed-out look when I bring up the Windows Game Bar overlay (but is fine otherwise).

Yeah AutoHDR is meant for games that don’t support HDR natively. You should be using the game’s built-in implementation, as generally that looks better than the Auto one.

Windows 11 has an SDR Content Brightness slider in the HDR settings that you can use to adjust the desktop.

Thanks, I didn’t notice that - I played with it and it helps but I can’t get it to look “right” as it does without HDR - it needs to let me adjust contrast too, I think, not just brightness as I can’t get things like text (in Qt3 with my white on black theme, or on Steam when I see the green on what games my friends play) to “pop” like they do with HDR off, or like they do on my secondary display (which has no HDR). If i turn HDR off it looks much better, even using the slider. I just don’t get why HDR isn’t OFF until an HDR-compatible game is detected, seems like the obvious implementation? Ah well. I’ll just keep doing it manually.

I have long wondered the same thing, but I assume there must be a reason for it. Windows 10 didn’t even have the SDR brightness slider!

After lowering that slider in 11 I’ve found the desktop looks identical whether I have HDR turned on or off, as far as I can tell anyway. But I’m using an OLED TV and not a monitor, not sure what else might be different.

Well, what I observe is lowering the brightness restores color vibrancy but at the cost of brights in things like text (like I mentioned) - white or the glowing green text Steam uses is where I see it most readily. If I raise it up I get those brights back, but at the cost of crushing my blacks and washing out color. I’ll just manually keep it off until I launch God of War - there aren’t a lot of HDR enabled games I have on PC to worry about it. I did submit feedback to Microsoft - it seems like an easy solution, just have HDR off unless it detects an app that can actually use it.

And how easy is that to do? ;)

Unless you want to play HDR video or use the AutoHDR feature, just keep it turned off in Windows then. It’ll still work in full-screen HDR games.

Quite entertaining interview.

I’m tempted but I have Mooncrash and Squadrons on the go right now. Plus MSFS. And Disco E lurks as ever.

I mean, my TV has been doing it since 2016. /shrug

I think an HDR display device detecting HDR content in a stream is different from an operating system detecting whether or not a game supports an HDR display device.

I guess it should be easy in the case of playing HDR videos on the PC though.

Thanks. That interview was the motivation I needed to start the game for the first time. (I’ve owned it for years but never launched it).

One of the reasons I insisted on playing through God of War 3 Remastered before I got to Dad of War is because I was assuming I would meet the character who would be the kid’s mother.

But that did not happen. There’s no reason for anyone to play God of War 3 before getting to Dad of War. There’s no story elements or characters that survive that game other than Kratos.