Samsung announced the launch of the world’s first video game title produced in the HDR10+ Gaming profile will be “The First Descendant.”

The HDR10+ title was developed by NEXON and will be unveiled at Gamescom 2023. The company has scheduled open beta test for the game beginning September 19th when gamers around the world will be able to experience the nuances of the HDR 10+ Gaming profile.

“We’re thrilled to join forces with NEXON, a true pioneer in video games, to introduce the world’s first HDR10+ gaming title, ‘The First Descendant,’” said Seokwoo Jason Yong, Executive VP of the Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “This is a gaming milestone that goes beyond mere technological advancement; it represents Samsung’s continued commitment to enhance the gaming experience as technology evolves.”

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HDR10+, which was co-developed under Samsung’s wing by HDR10+ Technologies LLC, is a high dynamic range (HDR) profile developed as an open standard using dynamic metadata for more realistic scene-by-scene brightness and color grading elements. This is intended to produce deeper color, wider contrast and greater brightness in the visual gaming experience.

HDR10+ Gaming is the profile camp’s answer to Dolby’s proprietary Dolby Vision Gaming format, which was similarly developed using dynamic metadata for speed and realism of color shading and brightness levels.

First applied to movies and now video games, the royalty-free HDR10+ profile also enabled more accurate depiction of details in dark shadows and bright highlights, to help viewers and players more fully engage in their gaming adventure, the company said.

According to the statement, HDR10+ Gaming supports an optimized experience that eliminates the hassle of adjusting numerous manual settings. This results in enhanced gameplay with near-instant responses through low latency and variable refresh rate support, the company explained.

Furthermore, the standard provides developers with tools that allow consistent and reliable HDR gaming experiences across all supporting HDR10+ Gaming displays.

“The First Descendant” is said to leverage the benefits of HDR10+ Gaming “to provide gamers with one of the most responsive, accurate and frictionless HDR gaming experiences to date.”

HDR10+ Technologies LLC has built the HDR10+ ecosystem up to include 155 partners and over 7,000 certified devices including TVs, monitors, projectors, smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes and more.

The group said the collaboration with NEXON reinforces “Samsung’s unwavering commitment to providing superior visual experiences that go beyond entertainment and media consumption.”

Samsung’s latest gaming monitors and TV series also support the HDR10+ Gaming standard.

“By adopting HDR10+ Gaming, we are bringing the game to life in a way that was previously not possible,” said Hyun Kim, Executive Vice President and Deputy Head of Business Development at NEXON. “This partnership with Samsung is also raising the bar in HDR gaming, and we are excited to usher in this new standard of picture quality in video games.”

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By Greg Tarr

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