I agree it looks good in some games and other games overuse or misuse HDR. I wish that all games should have the option to disable HDR because it can cause eye strain and migranes.I can't just say "Yes" or "No".
In some games it helps, others it hinders. It just depends on the game.
just what the heck are u talking about??!?Just looking at the images of that benchmark by 3Dmark just looks awful, like
adding halos to every light source some how "improves" the look of it..
yeah I know, it's akin to people complaining about having a 2048X1536 15" monitor. No, having that high resolution monitor IS a good thing, you want more resolution, however your problem is that the screen is 15" and you don't have a resolution independent OS, fix one or the other problem and it's a good thing that you have such a high resolution monitor.HDR is just a more accurate rendering of light values, in itself it doesn't cause much of a change other than it eliminates banding in a scene with large differences between very bright and very dark areas.
Other effects rely on HDR to function well such as overbright, bloom, eye edaption to light levels and so on, these are quite often the effects that are overdone, especially bloom, these are the things people tend to complain about.
There's no such thing as having too much HDR, it really only describes the accuracy of the light values, it's like saying you're using a screen resolution that's too high, it doesn't really exist.
HDR is about light color range, light intensity and difference between high and low contrast scenarios, the eye adaptation from dark to bright is not HDR, it's a complement which add more realism. When the sunlight hits a blue painted wall, does it look white or pale? No, it doesn't wash out the colors at all, (Unless if it's painted with light colors like baby blue). it makes them more intense (Unless if the wall is painted with a shiny coat). HL2 HDR looks fine, but have you seen when she (I forgot her name) is standing up under a lamp, her fur gets so bright that it looks washed out and looses detail, that's something that doesn't happen in real life or in Oblivion (Unless if the sun hits the earth, by that time your cornea will be melt)HDR isn't about light colour range at all, but light intensity. HDR techniques attempt to simulate the washingout/glaring effect you experience on your owns eyes when exposed to highly intense light that you normally get from the sun. Your monitor can't possibly put out the same intensity of light as the sun and so the washingout/glaring effect you experience is simulated via a variety of techniques. Bloom is simply one effect used in most HDR techniques.
Personally I think HDR, when done well, is a very good thing. HL2 and Crysis are good examples.
Any mediocre shit on a console is bound to have shitty HDR. That's expected.