What is Windows HD Color?

Applies to: Windows 10

On newer versions of Windows 10, you might have noticed the term Windows HD Color. This term refers to the features in Windows 10 that bring high dynamic range (HDR) content to your Windows devices.

HDR content offers better brightness and color capabilities compared to traditional content (sometimes called standard dynamic range [SDR] content). Traditional content typically shows details in a bright part of a scene or a darker part of a scene but not in both parts at the same time. For example, if the shot focuses on a bright window in the scene, details in the shadow are lost.

Whereas HDR can show a wider range of colors and light and more details in between the extremes. Colors are more vivid and unique in HDR content. Additionally, bright parts of a scene are brighter while dark parts can be darker, and you don’t lose any details.

As hardware has improved, more and more devices can display HDR content. If you’ve been looking at the latest TVs and monitors, you’ve probably seen the term HDR more frequently. With Windows HD Color, you’ll start to see HDR content when you use your Windows 10 devices as well.

To get the best HDR experience, use a device with a true HDR10 display. You’ll need this kind of display for HDR apps and games. For video, the best experience will be on a true HDR display. However, you can still play HDR content on many newer, non-HDR laptops as well.

For more info about getting HDR in Windows 10, check out the following topics: