Jump to content
Search In
  • More options...
Find results that contain...
Find results in...
    1. Welcome to GTAForums!

    1. GTANet.com

    1. GTA Online

      1. The Cayo Perico Heist
      2. Find Lobbies & Players
      3. Guides & Strategies
      4. Vehicles
      5. Content Creator
      6. Help & Support
    2. Red Dead Online

      1. Frontier Pursuits
      2. Find Lobbies & Outlaws
      3. Help & Support
    3. Crews

    1. Red Dead Redemption 2

      1. PC
      2. Help & Support
    2. Red Dead Redemption

    1. Grand Theft Auto Series

    2. GTA VI

      1. St. Andrews Cathedral
    3. GTA V

      1. Guides & Strategies
      2. Help & Support
    4. GTA IV

      1. The Lost and Damned
      2. The Ballad of Gay Tony
      3. Guides & Strategies
      4. Help & Support
    5. GTA San Andreas

      1. Guides & Strategies
      2. Help & Support
    6. GTA Vice City

      1. Guides & Strategies
      2. Help & Support
    7. GTA III

      1. Guides & Strategies
      2. Help & Support
    8. Portable Games

      1. GTA Chinatown Wars
      2. GTA Vice City Stories
      3. GTA Liberty City Stories
    9. Top-Down Games

      1. GTA Advance
      2. GTA 2
      3. GTA
    1. GTA Mods

      1. GTA V
      2. GTA IV
      3. GTA III, VC & SA
      4. Tutorials
    2. Red Dead Mods

      1. Documentation
    3. Mod Showroom

      1. Scripts & Plugins
      2. Maps
      3. Total Conversions
      4. Vehicles
      5. Textures
      6. Characters
      7. Tools
      8. Other
      9. Workshop
    4. Featured Mods

      1. Design Your Own Mission
      2. OpenIV
      3. GTA: Underground
      4. GTA: Liberty City
      5. GTA: State of Liberty
    1. Rockstar Games

    2. Rockstar Collectors

    1. Off-Topic

      1. General Chat
      2. Gaming
      3. Technology
      4. Movies & TV
      5. Music
      6. Sports
      7. Vehicles
    2. Expression

      1. Graphics / Visual Arts
      2. GFX Requests & Tutorials
      3. Writers' Discussion
      4. Debates & Discussion
    3. Gangs

    1. Announcements

    2. Support

    3. Suggestions

The HDR Guide for RDR2

Recommended Posts

If you want the best possible experience when playing RDR2 in HDR read further. There are are many threads about HDR in RDR2 but many are just repeating old problems over and over again. I have been playing the game on 1.0 since launch. Now I updated my game because I wanted new features including ''Game HDR''. Many people complain about HDR in RDR2 even after the update. There is some good reasons and some bad reasons to do it. I have spent some time to learn about HDR, calibration of TV:s and particularly how HDR works in RDR2 - both from Digital Foundry's videos and by experimenting for myself.


What to do if you want the game to look really good?


(1) You need a TV or screen that has a 10 or 12 bit color panel. A 8 bit panel can show millions of colors. A 10-bit panel or 12 bit can show billions of colors. Such colors panels will simply make the game look much better. Unfortunately I have no idea if RDR2 support that but it should for it to be proper HDR. Your TV must also be able to show at minimum 1000 nits. Normal TV:s can show ~100 nits. Fake HDR TV (like mine) can show 600 nits or any value under 1 000. RDR2 support 500 to 10 000 nits - far beyond what any TV is on the market is currently capable of. Simply put: if your TV does not have 10/12-bit panel and support less than 1 000 nits don't expect to much, and it's not Rockstars fault that your TV is not good enough.


(2) Do not calibrate HDR by using the Rockstar Logo. My TV only support 600 nits. But in order to make the game look good and to make the logo disappear I must increase it to 1 700 nits - far beyond what my TV support! Logically, this should make the game look worse, since I'm going far beyond what my TV is capable of displaying, but that is not the case, instead it looks better. The paper white setting does not work correctly either. To keep details on the screen I cannot go over 110 paper white. But according to the rockstar logo - I should set paper white to 350 (to make it barely visible), but then everything becomes overexposed and clouds looks like white, glowing blobs. So it's better to use the old calibration screen with Arthur standing in the barn. Increase values as high as possible without losing any details in clouds and such.


(3) Decrease brightness on your TV. For some reason, when you enable HDR in the game, irregardless if you're using Cinematic Mode or Game Mode, the game will automatically increase brightness/black level. What does it do? Well, It makes the game washed-out and desaturates all colors. Nights become less dark, black spots become grey, and even the menu has a white haze over the black background. Solution: lower brightness on your TV. The game wont look washed-out and desaturated anymore. I had to lower my brightness from 53 to 43. Now it looks good. The background menu is black, yet will all details showing up just without the white haze over it!


(4) Last: calibrate your TV.  If your TV isn't calibrated properly it wont look as good as it could. Remember that you'll have to re-calibrate brightness again for RDR2.



Edited by Cyper
Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • 1 User Currently Viewing
    0 members, 0 Anonymous, 1 Guest

  • Create New...

Important Information

By using GTAForums.com, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.