In short: One of the most compelling features of Windows 11 is the ability to add HDR to over 1,000 DirectX 11 and DX12 games that don’t officially support it. Microsoft is now giving users more control over Auto HDR and making it easier to access.
Microsoft recently announced An update to the Windows 11 Game Bar that adds an automatic HDR intensity slider. The function will remember the settings for each game. The update also makes it easier to access the on/off switch. The slider comes with Game Bar version 5.721 and up. Users can update it through the Windows Store app.
Games with native HDR implementation usually come with customization options. Unfortunately, using Auto HDR in other games on Windows 11 has so far only required turning it on/off. This one-size-fits-all solution is not equally effective for over 1000 games supported by Auto HDR.
Getting to the slider is easy – first press Win + G to open the Game Bar overlay. Once there, the slider is found under Settings > Gaming Features > Adjust HDR Intensity. Clicking on the settings button opens the slider in a separate window that users can pin to the game bar. The Auto HDR on/off switch is right above the adjustment button.
Microsoft has also made it possible for Windows Insiders to turn off Auto HDR notifications, acknowledging that some users found them excessive. The toggle is located in Settings > System > Notifications. Users can also set Auto HDR to send notifications without playing sounds or displaying banners.
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