Why it matters to you
The addition of HDR should improve Hitman’s lighting dramatically.
High-dynamic-range (HDR) is not only the newest buzzword that all sorts of hardware makers are using to sell their latest and greatest, but it’s one of the biggest visual upgrades to games and media in recent memory. With that in mind, Hitman is getting that lighting upgrade by the end of this month.
Hitman, the classic third-person assassination simulator, changed things up by switching from one big release to an episodic system of content launches. That didn’t mean the game looked any worse — in fact, the latest Hitman game collection has been the best-looking in the series yet, from the armaments to the hitman’s shiny head.
All of that should look a little nicer following the upcoming HDR update, which is set to land at the end of the month.
Examples given of how this might affect the game include the ability to see details outside while inside a dark room. The sun will also be blinding if you have Agent 47 look directly at it, rather than simply simulated glare — HDR will literally make the sun hard to look at.
HITMAN will support HDR from January 31st on PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One S and PC.
Sapienza (and other locations) will look better than ever! pic.twitter.com/VMHA0CulQk
— HITMAN (@Hitman) January 19, 2017
The announcement for the update came via IO Interactive’s official Hitman Twitter account, where it also broke down where the update will be applicable. The PC, Xbox One S, PS4, and PS4 Pro are all getting the upgrade. The original Xbox One does not support high-dynamic range.
Owners of the upgraded platforms will also need a compatible display. If you’re looking into purchasing a console and/or TV for HDR gaming, check out our lists of PS4 and Xbox One games with HDR support.