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  • Sources: Nintendo Switch will have GameCube Virtual Console support

  • MattEvansC3 07/12/2016

    So I get to play Eternal Darkness and Resident Evil Remake on the loo? That'll sort out my constipation better than any medication. Reply +2
  • Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford fights fires over lack of Bulletstorm upgrade discount

  • MattEvansC3 07/12/2016

    @tennocyte To not have to pay again for a game they already own to play it on the same OS they bought it on just because a 3rd party service they never wanted it to use has stopped working. Reply -2
  • Captain America and Morrigan confirmed for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

  • MattEvansC3 06/12/2016

    @SpaceMonkey77 Logan and Cable aren't in Disney/Marvel movies so they won't be on the list. Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 06/12/2016

    @varsas technically always, not just now. Reply 0
  • Should games and politics ever mix?

  • MattEvansC3 26/11/2016

    @hairy_yan And what Liberal agenda is the games industry and games journalism trying to force sell? Reply +3
  • MattEvansC3 26/11/2016

    @blarty I would have to disagree with some of your points. As a Liberal I feel we have become the Left's scapegoat and are being blamed for the Left's failings.

    Liberal politics are not constrained to the Left its just that the Right tends to favour conservatism. This has made us awkward bedfellows with the Left who are almost as conservative as the Right.

    I no longer support the Left because they've become a lot more open about how downright nasty and vicious they really are. The Left is really just Socialism and are more concerned about their class warfare then they are about the people.

    You've just got to look at Corbyn and the influx of Socialist parties into Labour. Corbyn may not be as boisterous as Trump but he isn't much better. While we take issue with Trump's hiring of white supremecists we ignore that Corbyn invites into the UK terrorists and those that promote race war, violence against the LGBTQ community, the reduction of female rights and straight up genocide. He gives them a platform and never denounces them. Yet he's happy making fake videos about train journeys and getting his supporters to write for national papers under pseudonyms about it to push his agenda for nationalisation.

    Look at the rhetoric being used by the Left at the moment against those that disagree with them. The attacks aren't coming from the Liberals, we are to busy trying to support those being negatively affected by the latest political movement. Those attacks are coming from those that are now blaming us for their loses.
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  • MattEvansC3 26/11/2016

    This is my issue with the whole politics in games discussion is that its so broad, vague and all encompassing that nobody actually understands what the other person is talking about and thats what leads to inevitable shitstorms.

    I dont class diversity in games as a political issue but others do. If someone doesn't want to be represented by a trope in then what is so "political" about them asking to be better represented? Hell, I'm a straight white male and I enjoy expanding my horizons. Games where I get to play a well written character that is based in experiences I'd never have I find to be exciting. That's not political, that just me making a consumer choice and you not being interested in those games also isn't a political statement, you are just making a consumer decision to not buy them.

    For me politics is when you make a point of discussing ideologies and the way the world treats your character. I feel that becomes a problem when the developer tries to push their political ideology on you rather than just giving you questions you feel the need to answer.

    For example Fable 3. In that game Moyleneux demonised your brother because he made tough choices to save his kingdom instead of protecting the environment. You were made to feel like you made the wrong decisions if you also didn't put your kingdom in jeopardy by going all GreenPeace.

    Compare that to The Witcher or Mass Effect (except the final ten minutes) series. While the developers may have a political leaning and some options were the preferred options you were not punished for making the "wrong" choice. Instead you were given the freedom to look at the questions through your political viewpoint and after the knock-on effects of your decisions were shown you could then assess whether you did the right thing or not.
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  • What Zelda can learn from Skyrim

  • MattEvansC3 25/11/2016

    You know you are struggling to write an article when you class the crafting in Skyrim as a good thing and that it should be copied.

    Crafting in Skyrim is the embodiment of the laziness running throughout the game and is even worse than the skill tree.

    It literally is put a point im the skill tree, get X amount of Y material and make object Z. Put another point in the skill tree and you can use X amount of Y to strengthen Z. There's no variation and apart from one or two specific items there's nothing you can't already buy in the game.

    Compare it to Vanilla WoW which was released a decade earlier. You could find new recipes for unique items with special bonuses that you couldn't buy in stores.

    Compare it to Kingdoms of Amular that was released the same time. That was an equally simple crafting system. Each weapon or armour had a slot for a specific component. A sword was made of a handle, hilt and blade. You were then free to use whatever component you had in your inventory and the weapon's characteristics were the summation of the components.

    There's very little that should be copied from Skyrim.
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  • The importance of games in difficult times

  • MattEvansC3 12/11/2016

    @riceNpea of course, there's no problem at all with Russia invading democratic nations, helping tyrants use banned weaponry against its populations, attack aid workers and prevent other nations in assisting ceasefires.

    It would also be OUR fault for standing up to that.
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  • Mass Effect Andromeda ditches character classes, but lets you respec

  • MattEvansC3 08/11/2016

    @LG You are forgetting one of the oldest and greatest classless RPGs of all times. Zelda A Link To The Past.

    Apart from the obvious puzzle enemies you can play as a warrior, archer, mage, rogue or grenadier. You are also free to change styles at any time or mix and match.
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  • MattEvansC3 08/11/2016

    @CharlieBigBollox Extra lives and save points used to be staples of gaming. So did fixed save points. They aren't now though because the restrictions that created them no longer apply and they were found to be archaic.

    Most games at the moment are pushing against the class based system, even D&D has been pushing against the restrictions they helped create for decades. Just look at how complicated 3rd edition (ruleset Baldur's Gate was based on) got through its single class, multi-class, dual class and hybrid class systems.

    If you were human you could level up as a wizard and a rogue at the same time.

    If you were non-human you could either level up as a mage or rogue, stop levelling up as that class, choose a different class, level that class up from level 1 and once you've reached level parity then gain access to your original skill set.

    Or you could be a bard.

    What's the major difference between a cleric in plate armour with a warhammer and a Paladin? Essentially they are both healers in heavy armour, one just specialises in healing the other in martial skills.

    The class system only really works if the characters are static or have a single set upgrade path like Gauntlet, Chess or to an extent Overwatch.

    When you bring freedom or choice into the equation you are dealing with square pegs and round holes. What you would class as strategy is just some form of meta game whereby you are figuring what works and what doesn't.

    Take WoW for example, when you get to high level raids there are builds that work and builds that don't. The game is designed around an archetypical class structure and this hampers strategic thinking by railroading it down pre approved lanes.

    Essentially you have to make your playstyle fit the character/class's intended build you don't get to build your character around your playstyle.
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  • MattEvansC3 08/11/2016

    Too many comments to @ but I fail to see how the RPG elements are being dumbed down.

    Plenty of RPGs are moving away from the class based system. JRPGs in particular have had class free systems for decades (FF7) and this won't be the first Bioware RPG to lack classes. Jade Empire's perk system does away with classes and I found it to be much better than the class system for Dragon Age.
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  • Mass Effect: Andromeda teaser drops a big hint when the game is set

  • MattEvansC3 01/11/2016

    @themethod I did and I've seen white comedians make harsher jokes satirising racist things said to non-whites.

    Maybe you are just a little sensitive and easily offended.
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  • MattEvansC3 01/11/2016

    @blarty Doesn't have to be "big". The council publicly stated there were no Reapers after Mass Effect 1, what goes on behind closed doors is another thing.

    This could be a project that's been greenlit in secret as a contingency plan for a Reaper invasion.
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  • Bethesda's anti-consumer review policy comes as no surprise

  • MattEvansC3 26/10/2016

    @mega-gazz You mean like when they ripped apart the heavily advertised Kane and Lynch 2 and gave it a 4/10?
    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2010-08-17-kane-and-lynch-2-dog-days-review?page=3
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  • MattEvansC3 26/10/2016

    @TimmishMcgraw You are right, Euro gamer NEVER talks about anti-consumer practices;
    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-10-24-lost-humanity-18-a-table-of-doritos
    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-01-21-microsoft-paid-youtubers-to-say-nice-things-about-xbox-one-report
    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2015-06-22-destiny-the-taken-king-director-defends-40-expansion-price-tag
    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2016-07-12-warner-bros-misled-consumers-with-paid-for-positive-shadow-of-mordor-coverage-ftc-finds
    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-04-02-capcom-defends-on-disc-dlc
    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2016-02-05-the-fallout-fan-made-to-destroy-his-records-for-a-refund
    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2015-05-28-playstation-digital-policy-under-the-spotlight-on-bbcs-watchdog-tonight
    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-03-15-simcity-review

    This isn't even the first time they've discussed the industry and early reviews http://ramraider.blogspot.co.uk/2009/07/eurogamer-editor-tom-bramwell-on.html?m=1
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  • MattEvansC3 26/10/2016

    @dogmanstaruk So you are saying with holding review code except for selected people and thereby controlling the information flow and making consumers less informed is not anti-consumer?

    You are also saying that withholding review code prior to release date and therefore limiting prior knowledge to game issues is not anti-consumer when the most popular games distributor, Valve, only allows you two hours to make up your mind before you can no longer apply for a refund?
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  • MattEvansC3 26/10/2016

    @Bran-Tse-Mallory I stopped trusting his opinion a long time ago. He makes no attempt to temper his own bias. He'll focus on an aspect in one game and make it into a huge criticism and then gloss over it if it appears in a game series he likes. Same way that if you are a developer/producer he thinks is too "corporate" then a lot of the coverage is tainted with that perception while those he seems are more consumer friendly can get away with a lot more.

    He doesn't fact check or correct videos when he's shown to be wrong.

    The biggest issue I had with him though is that his on screen persona clashes with his content. He makes out like he's a champion that's at the forefront of consumer issues yet he's very safe and follows trends.

    Apart from championing Paradox (I bought King Arthur the RPG based off his recommendation) he only discusses conversations that have already happened and echoes popular opinion. He rarely has something controversial to say because we've already reached that conclusion earlier.

    Don't get me wrong, his videos are entertaining, his production quality is fantastic compared to a lot of other YouTubers but his actual critical opinion...well there's better posters in the comment threads on Eurogamer.
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  • Jelly Deals roundup: Win a free copy of Civ 6, GeForce 1060 for £200, and more

  • MattEvansC3 22/10/2016

    @makeamazing Doesn't look like GAME had it to begin with. It looks like GAME is offering an eBay/Amazon Marketplace service with the deals provided by 3rd parties. Reply +1
  • Panasonic DX750 ultra HD 4K TV review

  • MattEvansC3 15/10/2016

    @Bagpuss But you still had to fiddle with the wheel on the back to tune it into the right channel. Reply +11
  • Skyrim and Fallout 4 will receive mod support on PS4

  • MattEvansC3 06/10/2016

    @ghostgate2001 It all really depends on the userbase's expectations of mods.

    If you were to google Skyrim mods you are going to get videos and photos of My Little Pony mounts, Thomas the Tank Engine dragons, etc. Same with Youtube clips and Twitch streaming.

    Functional mods like balances and fixes are important but they aren't fun. The fun or "for shits and giggles" mods use custom assets and they won't be the ones supported.
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  • Lego Dimensions Easter egg references Ghostbusters movie controversy

  • MattEvansC3 04/10/2016

    @Samael_Blackwing Um..nope. The sexist backlash to the all female cast was being discussed a YEAR BEFORE the trailer, not after.
    http://variety.com/2015/film/news/sxsw-spy-director-paul-feig-on-response-to-female-ghostbusters-1201451451/
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  • MattEvansC3 03/10/2016

    @LFace So Paul Feig tried to dampen the criticisms in the reviews and trailer by complaining about the misogynistic abuse...a year before the trailer was even released? http://variety.com/2015/film/news/sxsw-spy-director-paul-feig-on-response-to-female-ghostbusters-1201451451/ Reply +2
  • MattEvansC3 03/10/2016

    @drxym Have you seen the cost of Lego nowadays? That's a bloody bargain! Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 03/10/2016

    @Rack Ghostbusters wasn't a beloved series for a start. The second movie in particular is not that well loved.

    Star Wars Episode 1 was one of the most anticipated movies of all time. The Matrix's success is attributed to it showing the very first trailer for Episode 1. Episode 7 has had barely any backlash attached to it, the closest thing to criticism is that it copied to much of Episode 4.

    Ghostbusters on the other hand was being met with negativity the second it was announced with a female cast.

    Let's also not look past the fact that the original Ghostbusters is over thirty years old. Unless you are at least turning 40 you were never there. Unless you are over thirty you weren't there for Ghostbusters 2. It's a big stretch to call something "beloved" when a lot of people just weren't there.

    I was there for Ghostbusters 2. I was there when it stopped being cool to like Ghostbusters and when it faded in irrelevance. I was also there when nobody really talked about it for over a decade. I was also there when being a geek went mainstream and people who weren't around in the 80's clamoured for 80's retro to look cool.

    Ghostbusters was never beloved, it was shunned until liking it was required for nerd street cred.
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  • MattEvansC3 03/10/2016

    @bad09

    Oh yeah, I remember the HUGE uproar over Terminator Salvation, Jumanji, Robocop, Predators, Nightmare on Elm Street, Red Dawn, Peters Dragon, Cinderella, Independence Day 2, The Blair Witch Project and the other countless number of reboots and "spiritual sequels" we've seen over the past five years.
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  • UK shops are selling original PS4 bundles for £150

  • MattEvansC3 29/09/2016

    @sizu_sizu Except I'd you don't have £150 spare. Reply 0
  • PlayStation Plus October freebies include Resident Evil and Transformers: Devastation

  • MattEvansC3 28/09/2016

    @ghostgate2001 weeeelllll...Transformers Devastation can be bought for a little over a fiver which makes it cheaper than most indie games...

    *Runs for the hills*

    In all seriousness its a cracker of a game and deserved to be more successful than it was. Hopefully PSN+ will give it the audience it deserves.
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  • Report: Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey secretly funded pro-Trump meme website

  • MattEvansC3 23/09/2016

    @PlugMonkey I can't support his politics due to them being Socialist and not those of the party or of the Left.

    Socialism hates western societies and is using workers as pawns in an ideological battle that doesn't benefit the workers.

    With everything going on does anyone really list the renationalising of the train service as a priority? So why is he going after Richard Branson and not tackling the Tories on Brexit or the NHS?

    How do his politics reflect a fairer society when he's the patron for multiple Hamas fund raising charities?

    His politics aren't that much different to Trump's and as a Leftie I can't support those politics.
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  • MattEvansC3 23/09/2016

    @Lepanto I don't think you understand Neo-fascism. If you did you'd understand that is exactly what Trump's policies and his vocal supporters are aiming for. Reply -2
  • MattEvansC3 23/09/2016

    @SnoppleMonster That's modern socialism's fault. My personal politics have always been "left" leaning but since Corbyn became head of Labour my leftie friends have just gone batshit insane with no semblance of rational thought. I've found myself agreeing with my Tory supporting friends more than lefties as of late. Reply +4
  • Four years later the Kingdoms of Amalur court case comes to an end

  • MattEvansC3 23/09/2016

    @IronSoldier Everybody knows that if it's not on Steam its not a PC game. Reply +1
  • Microsoft on Project Scorpio, PS4 Pro marketing and Xbox tweets

  • MattEvansC3 21/09/2016

    @riceNpea I wouldn't class it as oneupmanship. In any market sector you have companies that try to control the discussion.

    At that influential E3 Sony made the conversation about disc sharing and price. Apple has always made the smartphone conversation about slimming down your handset, beauty, etc. Müller makes the yoghurt conversation about taste and calories.

    Once you allow someone to have control over the conversation its very hard to have that conversation be on your terms.

    Sony tried to make the conversation about 4K and how they are leading that conversation. If Microsoft allowed that to happen then they'd always be playing second fiddle to Sony. No matter what Android OEMs do with expandable storage space, pixel count and features the conversation will never be about that or them because Apple made it irrelevant.

    By getting in there straight away Microsoft is saying that Sony's conversation is actually about them. If 4K is important then its Microsoft, not Sony who are leading that conversation. If its about power, Microsoft want you to know they are the ones who are talking about it seriously and honestly, not Sony.

    This way when Sony talks about the benefits of the PS4 Pro, the media is already comparing them to Microsoft and how they'll compete with Microsoft. That's the whole point of marketing.
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  • PS4's big new update (the one with folders) goes live

  • MattEvansC3 13/09/2016

    @Haar So to prove your point about HDMI cables you link to an article about Ethernet cables that states cheap Ethernet cables that fail specifications still do the job fine?

    All HDMI cables do is transmit a series of on/off signals. It's only at distances in excess of 50m does the signal degrade enough to not transmit all the data. Digital is also by its nature extremely resistant to noise.

    At short distances of 5m or less a HDMI cables works or it doesn't.
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  • MattEvansC3 13/09/2016

    @Haar It's a digital signal. It either works or it doesn't. Reply +1
  • MattEvansC3 13/09/2016

    @StooMonster Depends on the definition of HDR that Sony are using. According to the CEA standard, HDR is 10bit colour, the wider brightness range and the metadata. When its part of the UHD/4K standard HDR just refers to the brightness range and not the colour. Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 13/09/2016

    @Father_Gascoyne I've got a bit of experience with this as I converted my entire Blu Ray collection to MKV for use with Plex.

    The resolution of the source material is largely irrelevant, especially with streaming. The important measure is bit rate, which is the measure of how much data there is per frame.

    Taking into consideration that in raw data a 8bit 1080P image is about 16MB, so at 24fps you are talking 380MB/s for a standard HD movie in raw format. Add 20% for 10 bit colour and multiply by four for 4K and you are easy looking at around 1.7GB/s.

    That's a ridiculous amount of data to put through a server so Amazon and Netflix will use algorithms to cut corners and reduce bit rate. The more aggressive the algorithm the lower the bit rate and the lower the quality.

    If the bit rate for a 4K and FHD stream are similar you effectively have more pixels with fewer colour combinations or fewer pixels and more colour options. That's why to some people its nearly indiscernible quality wise.
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  • MattEvansC3 13/09/2016

    @Father_Gascoyne I should have mentioned that as a caveat. Amazon wouldn't be adding HDR to a 1080P source material, they'd be down sampling the 4K/UHD material.

    As part of the down sampling process how much of the HDR information are you losing? The whole point of HDR is that each pixel has a higher brightness range to give a smoother gradient. If the merged pixels merge the nit rating you lose the extreme ranges and you get jumpy or banding on the colour graduation.

    It may not be a huge problem but it could give a similar, though less pronounced, issue to 480P upsampling or low bitrate pirated material.
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  • MattEvansC3 13/09/2016

    @Leolian Probably only games. HDR is relatively new standards wise and is primarily a component of the UHD standard. It may technically do HDR in movies but as there is no 1080p HDR movies, just 4K HDR you won't find any movies the PS4/PS4 Slim can play. Reply 0
  • Your original PS4 now supports HDR, but no games currently make use of it

  • MattEvansC3 13/09/2016

    @I_Am_CatButler Sort of. When the HDMI 1.4 standard was implemented, 10bit colour and HDR were two separate things. HDR just referred to a bigger range of brightness settings.

    In the UHD spec it still treats 10bit colour and HDR as two separate entities whereas the CEA treats the HDR standard as including at least 10bit colour.
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  • MattEvansC3 13/09/2016

    If there's no games or media with HDR in it available for the PS4 how do you know "it does indeed support HDR from today"?

    Surely a statement like that needs to be backed with an actual test?
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  • MattEvansC3 13/09/2016

    @arcam The data requirement per pixel increases by 20% for the extra colour alone. That will have an effect on processing. Reply +3
  • Every PlayStation 4 to be made HDR capable via a patch

  • MattEvansC3 08/09/2016

    @sanctusmortis I'm thinking Sony might be HDRing the truth a bit.

    The differences in firmware between the PS4, Slim and Pro are probably negligible. Sony might be rolling out a one size fits all firmware update to keep parity between the models and to put through "forward compatibility".

    That would mean the PS4 OG could technically handle HDR content internally and use Remote Play to technically display HDR content while not actually having a HDR capable output.
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  • MattEvansC3 08/09/2016

    @sanctusmortis Technically he's not. The CEA and UHD Alliance (which Sony is a member of and is also vice chair for) have set the industry specification standard for HDR at the beginning of the year.

    For a TV/Monitor to be classed as HDR compatible it must;
    Includes at least one interface that supports HDR signaling as defined in CEA-861-F, as extended by CEA-861.3.
    Receives and processes static HDR metadata compliant with CEA-861.3 for uncompressed video.
    Receives and processes HDR10 Media Profile from IP, HDMI or other video delivery sources. Additionally, other media profiles may be supported.
    Applies an appropriate Electro-Optical Transfer Function (EOTF), before rendering the image.

    That is only supported on HDMI 2.0a.
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  • MattEvansC3 08/09/2016

    @Dizzy Its both. The various HDR standards all incorporate a wider colour range and luminosity. HDR-10 is 10bit while Dolby's version is 12bit colour. Reply 0
  • Mass Effect Andromeda's male and female hero choices are brother and sister

  • MattEvansC3 08/09/2016

    @technotica Regarding parenting you could say he was a ...Lone Ryder
    https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lone-rider/
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  • MattEvansC3 08/09/2016

    I'm a bit of a noob so I'll be playing Easy Ryder. Reply +8
  • MattEvansC3 08/09/2016

    @the_dudefather I'll take your 20p and raise you 50p that they are romanceable. Reply 0
  • Interplay puts all of its games up for sale

  • MattEvansC3 08/09/2016

    @CalamityJames I hope Blizzard have them otherwise they might be in a bit of trouble for including them in Heroes of the Storm and giving the game away for free on Battlenet ;-) Reply +1
  • Sony announces PlayStation 4 Pro for November 2016, priced £349

  • MattEvansC3 08/09/2016

    @scottjamesholland For a HDR enabled monitor or TV set to accept a HDR signal via HDMI it has to come with a specific set of metadata telling the monitor/TV how to use the extra data. Without this metadata the TV/monitor will only display a SDR image.

    HDMI 2.0a was implemented specifically for this metadata transfer and no prior HDMI port has that ability.

    The only way to bypass this is by streaming an internet signal direct to the TV via Ethernet or WiFi.
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