Nioh 2 Remastered - HDR Settings


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Analysis

This game does not seem to use the PS4/PS5 HDR system calibration settings. Adjusting in-game HDR settings is very difficult because the brightness and black level depend on the values of several sliders.

Nioh 2 Remastered - HDR Settings Screen

Game HDR sliders adjust the following aspects:
  • Peak Brightness - adjusts the peak brightness of the brightest light sources (e.g. the sun in a test image)
  • Standard Brightness - adjusts the exposure of the frame and the peak brightness of the brightest light sources
  • Saturation - adjusts the color saturation
  • Screen Brightness - determines the black level and visibility of objects in shadow
  • Contrast - determines the depth of black
Try to find data about the peak brightness of your TV on the site RTINGS.COM (value HDR peak brightness 10%). Also, before adjusting the game, make sure that you have correctly set the black level and RGB HDR range (full / limited) in your TV settings.

Brightness

The Peak Brightness slider sets the peak brightness of the brightest sources (for example, the sun in a test image, or the reflections of a weapon in a game). But these sources are rare and it is normal that their brightness will be higher than the available brightness of your TV. Do not attempt to set the exact value of this parameter. Increase the value so that the sun in the test image is bright enough. Or use table 1 and make sure the value you set is not less than the maximum peak brightness of your TV.

Nioh 2 Remastered Peak Brightness table
Table 1: Peak Brightness (the sun in the test image)
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When setting the Standard Brightness slider, your task is to ensure that the image is bright enough, but not the brightest light sources (for example, the fire in the test image) are not at maximum brightness and details are not lost around bright objects. 

Nioh 2 Remastered Brightness

The recommended value is 350-450. Table 2 below shows the brightness of the fire on the test image, as a reference point.

Nioh 2 Remastered  brightness table 2
Table 2: The brightness of the fire on the test image


Keep in mind that since the brightness of most sources is dependent on the values ​​of both sliders, you may need to repeat the Peak Brightness adjustment after adjusting the Standard Brightness, and vice versa.

If your TV can't disable Tone Mapping, then set the Peak Brightness slider to a few thousand nits and adjust the Standard Brightness slider to an acceptable value.

Black Level

Decreasing the value of the Screen Brightness slider will reduce the visibility of objects in the shadows, even if you achieve good black levels. The Screen Brightness slider is recommended to be left at 50.

Nioh 2 Remastered screen brightness

With the Contrast slider you have to adjust the black level. If you find the image lacking contrast at a value of 5, you can try increasing the value to 7-8, but be aware that too high a value will result in some colors being oversaturated.

Nioh 2 Remastered Contrast

Adjust the Saturation slider to your preference, but the default value of 4 is fairly balanced.




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