Visuals in games have become breathtaking over the years and thanks to the power of the PS5, the devs can go wild with this. To further improve these visuals, you can use good HDR TVs or monitors to enhance the experience. That is why we will show you the 12 best HDR games on PS5.
All of the games mentioned on this list have great visuals and they take the best advantage of the HDR technology. With that said, let’s dive right in and get started.
Alan Wake 2
Alan Wake 2 is easily one of the best-looking games to ever come out. Everything from the environments to the character models looks breathtaking.
Due to the atmosphere and setting of the game, you will find yourself in a lot of dark areas. Your only friend is your trusty flashlight so that you can damage enemies.
Having HDR will allow you to enhance brighter whites and deeper blacks which makes the game look realistic (not that it didn’t look realistic before).
Gran Turismo 7
Gran Turismo 7 is one of the earlier titles on the PS5. It takes full advantage of the power and speed of the PS5. Luckily, you can turn on HDR to improve the details in the shadows or darker areas.
Since the game already has realistic lighting, you can see a visible difference thanks to HDR. The reflections and cars look even better when paired with a good HDR-supported TV or monitor.
God of War: Ragnarok
The latest entry in the God of War series, Ragnarok is a stunning game in terms of gameplay, story, characters, and graphics.
The game looks great on the PS5 as it uses the SSD to the fullest and reduces loading times. There are certain areas in the game where you have to roam around in the night or darker areas.
Thanks to the power of HDR, you can see more details in these areas and make them look better. Plus, some of Kratos’ abilities look even better thanks to all the effects in HDR.
Horizon Forbidden West
To this day, Horizon Forbidden West is easily one of the best-looking games of all time. It is a wonder what the devs achieved with this title especially since it was on the last-gen systems as well.
Since the game already looks so good, you can only imagine what it would look like on higher resolutions and HDR. The game features a dynamic day and night cycle which looks superb with HDR.
Ghost of Tsushima
Like the previous entry, Ghost of Tsushima is visually pleasing and has some of the best environment designs ever in a video game.
Again, since it has a dynamic day and night cycle, the game makes great use of HDR. Plus, some of the outfits look sublime thanks to having more detail with the help of HDR.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
Rift Apart was one of the first titles on the PS5 and it took advantage of the power and speed of the console to show what it is capable of.
As such, all the effects, visuals, and models look great. Thanks to the SSD of the PS5, there are little to no loading times and the entire gameplay revolves around that.
Combine all this with HDR and you’ve got yourself an experience that you’ll surely want to see for yourself.
Remember how good the first entry looked? All the models, effects, and environments? Well, step it up a few steps and you’ve got Spider-Man 2.
The game is phenomenal on the PS5. Since the web swinging was already sublime in the first entry, the devs went a step beyond and made it even better.
If you turn on the HDR, you will see New York like you’ve never seen it in a game before.
Red Dead Redemption 2
When Rockstar makes a game, they make sure that it not only looks good but people remember it for a long time. Just look at GTA 5.
Red Dead Redemption 2 isn’t just a game, it is an experience. The game is easily top three when it comes to the best-looking games of all time.
As such, you can only imagine how it looks on a good HDR screen. Riding in the night will feel relaxing and something you have to experience for yourself.
Returnal is an underrated game that features phenomenal gameplay and visuals. Since it is one of the first titles on the PS5, the game takes full advantage of the graphics and SSD.
Overall, there are a lot of dark areas in the game with a few bright ones as well. So, having HDR on will allow you to make them even better and see more detail as well.
Despite all its flaws, Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the best-looking games. This is especially true if you play the game with ray tracing. The reflections are mindblowing.
If you wish to enhance the neon-lit future, make sure that you turn HDR on and see what the game really has to offer.
Night City has never looked better than on a 4K screen with HDR on.
Resident Evil 4
Capcom has been on a roll ever since Resident Evil 7 and thankfully, the same can be said about the Resident Evil 4 remake. The entire game looks outstanding and the gameplay is sublime.
What makes it even better is the HDR. Since it is a horror game, there are bound to be dark areas. Naturally, the HDR enhances the entire atmosphere and makes the game look even better.
The Last of Us: Part 2
Finally, let’s talk about The Last of Us: Part 2. The game got remastered recently and the visuals look stunning. While they already looked great, the lighting has improved, making the game look even better.
Combine this with the HDR setting and you’ll experience one of the best-looking games on the PS5 right now.
Since the game features many dark areas, having HDR on will allow you to see more detail and appreciate the effort the devs put in.
And there you have it; those are the 12 best HDR games on PS5. All the games mentioned above have amazing visuals and look even better when played with the HDR setting turned on.
Which game do you think has the best visuals? Do you think we missed any that should be on the list? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!