HDR Support Headed To Nintendo Switch OLED, Will Require A Subscription

The dawn of epic visuals on the Switch might finally be here, but there is a catch.

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  • Nintendo Switch OLED models are reportedly getting HDR support soon.
  • The feature will be accessed by users when they subscribe to one of the two subscription plans.
  • Moreover, the HDR feature will only be available for a limited time on the Switch OLED, particularly 47 minutes. 

Nintendo Switch OLED models are soon to get HDR support in a new firmware update. Users will be able to access the feature if they subscribe to the HDR subscription plan when they are released. A representative from Gaming Tech, Marcus, received early access to the aforementioned HDR support feature and has shared details on their official YouTube channel in a 4-minute long video. 

YouTube video

Marcus calls the color quality “mind-blowing” while testing out Metroid Prime. He further adds that the visual quality differences between HDR and the Switch standard SDR are like “day and night.” However, Marcus could not share many details about the HDR as he signed an NDA agreement with Nintendo. So, we are not sure about the release date for the upcoming feature.

HDR support will be accessible through two subscription plans subscriptions for users looking forward to accessing the new feature. The first would cost $16 per month and would be named “HDR Plus,” which is usable only for the Switch OLED portable mode. The second plan is priced at $29.99 per month and is titled “HDR Super Plus,” which can be used during both the portable mode and docked mode on your television.  

Furthermore, HDR can only be used for a limited time of 47 minutes during the portable mode. This restriction is most likely made to protect your device from hardware damage. The feature is often known to cause burn-in issues, so unfortunately, it cannot be used for longer. 

Seemingly, not all Nintendo Switch games would support HDR right off the bat when they are released. However, Metroid Prime Remaster would be the first Switch title to support HDR. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will be the second game to support this feature, as confirmed by Marcus. We can expect more games to join the bandwagon soon. 

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