When Google Stadia launched the only way to play 4K, with HDR and 5.1 surround was via a Chromecast ultra. However, the Google Stadia team have consistently been rolling out updates to better support Stadia on other devices such as the web.
Recently Google released an update that supported 4K and 5.1 surround sound on the web. Well, now it seems that HDR is also available on the web, though it is only compatible with certain computers/monitors.
High Dynamic Range — “where graphics have a wider range of brightness and color” The Stadia web support document was recently updated to support this change and goes over how HDR requires “computers that support VP9 Profile 2 hardware decoding and are connected to an HDR-compatible monitor.”
You can check out if your computer/monitor supports HDR by following the steps below:
- In your Google Chrome address bar, type chrome://gpu and press Enter.
- Scroll down to “Video Acceleration Information.”
- If you see “Decode VP9”, your computer supports VP9 hardware decoding.
If your computer/monitor does support HDR make sure that you have the option enabled in the Stadia settings in order for it to be active. In order to do this go to the Stadia mobile app and go to Display settings and make sure HDR is on.
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