VIDEO | PC, Xbox One Sunday, June 18, 2017 | 8:05 PM

Forza 7 in HDR on Gamersyde!

Forza 7 in HDR on Gamersyde!

You might remember that a few days ago we told you guys that Microsoft had let us capture direct feed videos of Forza Motorsport 7 at E3, but that they had made a mistake by leaving the consoles in HDR mode, leading to almost unusable captures. Now that Miguel is back we finally got the original video captures and spend a lot of hours experimenting, and then even more hours encoding some pretty bad ass HDR videos for you guys. So if you have a 4K HDR TV, this will be a feast for your eyes for sure! For the others though, I'm sorry to say that these videos are simply not going to work as they should on any hardware. So if you have the right screen, you'll find more infos inside!

These videos should be considered highly experimental, and should not be considered like an exact representation of the colors and lighting of the final game. The first video (Dubai) especially might have some white levels quite a bit too bright, but it's difficult to say without having the game to compare with the videos. The second (rain) video is (from our opinion at least) quite an amazing sight to see though :)

These videos were tested with success on these devices:
- Xbox One S
- LG 2016 Oled TV
- LG 2015 Oled TV
- Samsung 2016 Led TV
- Nvidia Shield TV
The video was not recognized on our PS4 Pro, unless we missed something somewhere.

The easiest way to play these videos is to simply copy them to a USB thumbdrive, and play them using the media player of your TV/device.

If you have a 4K HDR TV (and only in that case!), please let us know if these videos worked, on an which devices.

Considering the time it takes to encode such videos (6 hours for 5 minutes of footage on our 12 cores encoding PC), we really need to get your feedback on this experiment so we can decide whether we keep doing more HDR videos in the future or not.

E3: HDR Gameplay #1 (HDR only!)
Download: MP4
E3: HDR Gameplay #2 (HDR only!)
Download: MP4

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Commented on 2017-06-18 20:52:09
Small bug with the image generation system for the videos, so it looks weird. It simply won't work with these videos as it requires a new version of the libraries we use. This will be fixed when we move to a new server this week. For the moment you can still download the videos normally.
Commented on 2017-06-18 21:12:51
So this is HDR10?
Commented on 2017-06-18 21:13:10 In reply to MinorDespera
Posted by MinorDespera
So this is HDR10?
Yep.
Commented on 2017-06-18 21:16:55
"Now that Miguel is back" Oh that means that you have many more E3 vids unreleased, very nice :)
Commented on 2017-06-18 21:21:49
I find this initiative to be great. And as always, Gamersyde is at the forefront of technology when it comes to videos.

I don't have a 4K HDR TV yet, but you guys need to weight the pros and cons very carefully. In one hand, 4K HDR TVs are the standard now, you almost can't find any new 1080p TV unless it's one of the very cheap models. On the other hand, most people don't have 4K HDR TVs or devices capable of showing HDR videos.

Personally, I would much rather prefer you guys focused on doing more content that everyone can enjoy, try to get more videos and trailers on the site, which trying to encode HDR videos definitely consumes both time and resources. But that is selfish and isn't fair to those with 4K HDR TVs that would like more reasons to appreciate their purchase.

PS. Out of curiosity, does it take more time to encode H.265/HEVC videos or H.264 HDR videos?
Commented on 2017-06-18 21:25:15 In reply to mbalazs
No we don't.
Commented on 2017-06-18 21:28:28 In reply to Driftwood
Then my happiness was premature :)
Commented on 2017-06-18 21:35:32 In reply to Sdarts
Posted by Sdarts
PS. Out of curiosity, does it take more time to encode H.265/HEVC videos or H.264 HDR videos?
We encode 4K videos at about 8 fps. 4K HEVC HDR at 0.8 fps. So yeah, about 10 times slower.
Commented on 2017-06-18 21:50:52 In reply to BlimBlim
Posted by BlimBlim
We encode 4K videos at about 8 fps. 4K HEVC HDR at 0.8 fps. So yeah, about 10 times slower.
Jesus.
Commented on 2017-06-18 21:53:24
Looks great on my Sony X800D.
Commented on 2017-06-18 22:01:42 In reply to BlimBlim
Thanks for the reply and info.

And damn... that's slow alright. You guys should buy one of those supercomputers that NASA uses, them the fps would go from 0.8 to 80. :P
Commented on 2017-06-18 22:26:32
Works on my Samsung KU6079 40 Zoll 2016. :up:
Commented on 2017-06-18 22:56:14
I watched this on my Surface. It's because of HDR and that my surface doesn't support that it looks incredibly dull, right? The colors that is.
Commented on 2017-06-18 22:56:43 In reply to BlimBlim
I'm watching the Middle-Earth - Shadow of War's 2 gameplay videos in 4K and I gotta say, the quality is so unbelievably gorgeous that it truly feels like "next-gen". Even those last screenshots of Middle-Earth - Shadow of War in 4K also look truly gorgeous.

People keep saying that the jump from 1080p to 4K is not the same as the jump from SD to HD, but to be honest, it feels the same in a way. I believe it has to do with doing 4K properly, not just upping resolution and calling a day.

Middle-Earth - Shadow of War is one of the best showcases for 4K imho. And to be honest, looks as gorgeous - if not more - that Metro: Exodus and Anthem demos. Goddamn, the game looks incredibly gorgeous.

Please thank Miguel and Game2k for recording and posting the videso, respectively. Also thanks for buying the Inferno Shogun camera.

PS. The same "Commented Gameplay Demo" video at 1080p looks like shit now. One of those things that once you notice, you can never ignore again.
Commented on 2017-06-18 23:01:28 In reply to Moonwalker
Posted by Moonwalker
I watched this on my Surface. It's because of HDR and that my surface doesn't support that it looks incredibly dull, right? The colors that is.
Yes
Commented on 2017-06-18 23:37:47 In reply to Sdarts
Where can i see these Shadow of War videos? :)
Commented on 2017-06-19 00:41:04
Gorgeous!
Commented on 2017-06-19 01:29:44 In reply to Xion4360
Posted by Xion4360
Looks great on my Sony X800D.
How is the interface on that tv? Snappy? 2015 sony android TVs had crap UI.
Commented on 2017-06-19 01:54:39
Wow!! I can't believe my own eyes!! That second video in 4K HDR on a LG C7 OLED is the MOST BEAUTIFUL thing i've seen so far when it comes to games, it looks so realistic! Xbox One is lacking when it comes to exclusives but Forza 7 is a killer app if you ask me. Incredible!

No one is providing these HQ 4K HDR gaming videos for free except the good old Gamersyde...

Thank you so much, you guys are really awesome!
Commented on 2017-06-19 02:11:05
Holy moly! Way to go Gamersyde! I dont have a 4K tv but damn i think i might sneak it onto a usb and go slip it into one at a retail later LOL
Commented on 2017-06-19 02:14:33 In reply to nostradamus
Posted by nostradamus
How is the interface on that tv? Snappy? 2015 sony android TVs had crap UI.
its pretty good but I have all kinds of stuff disabled to keep it snappy.
Commented on 2017-06-19 02:32:20
Confirmed working on Samsung UN65JU7500 Curved 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD 3D Smart LED TV. Played perfectly from the TV's USB port and it looks great.

I was curious to see and initially played the files directly on my PC. Huge difference and much better results playing it from a thumb drive via the TV's USB port.

Keep up the great work!
Commented on 2017-06-19 05:21:17
Thank you Gamersyde, you guys truly are god tier! Just tested them on my Sony 65" Z9D and they looked stunning. I could easily see the brighter highlights and finer gradient in the shadows. Everything simply has more pop than the SDR version. The game itself isn't much of a looker in terms of graphics but the HDR enhancement truly brings a far more enjoyable experience indeed. Please upload more HDR feeds if you can, I would die for God Of War, Detroit, GTS, Anthem, Metro, Days Gone, Spiderman, AC Origins and BattleFront II next all in HDR :).
Commented on 2017-06-19 05:31:02
Played through my Samsung K8500 player to my Vizio P65 C-1. Looked fantastic! System info on Vizio shows full 4k res with HDR10.
Commented on 2017-06-19 06:00:52
Plays ok on my pc as it's just a 10bit hevc video in an mp4. Although both the screens connected are only 8 bit so obviously I'm seeing it lower colour and kinda washed out. And it's pushing my cpu a bit as my r9 290he has no hevc acceleration. Those encoding times sound awful. Sounds like it's encoding in software and just using the cpu. Don't you have a graphics card with hevc acceleration built in? Should encode it much quicker.
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