A new firmware update that’s coming soon to Playstation consoles will give the Playstation 4 HDR support. This new programming will allow Playstation 4 consoles to produce a greater dynamic range of luminosity than what would normally be allowed by more conventional consoles. This will allow games to have better lighting when they come out on the Playstation 4.
HDR stands for “High Dynamic Ranging,” and is used in photography and imaging to produce greater luminosity than standard digital imaging, which makes it good for showing off better lighting and graphics in video games.
At the Playstation Meeting, where this was revealed, the better lighting that the Playstation 4 Slim and Playstation 4 Pro (formerly the Playstation 4 Neo) had were shown with a number of different games that showed off the new Playstation 4 HDR support.
These games with Playstation 4 HDR support included Days Gone, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Mass Effect: Andromeda (finally giving us some gameplay of it after two years of nothing at E3) and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
All of these demos included various demonstrations of lighting, such as the effects of firelight in Days Gone, sunlight in Zero Dawn, dark caves in Mass Effect, and the light of the rapidly-approaching sun in Call of Duty.
When the Playstation 4 Slim and the Playstation 4 Pro come out later this year, you’ll be able to see all of this new lighting technology for yourself.