Hisense HDR Washed Out (Quickly Optimize HDR Picture Setting)

My friend and I had been looking forward to trying out HDR on his new Hisense TV for weeks. We heard that it would provide much better color combinations and picture quality than regular HD, and he was excited to see what it was all about.

Finally, the day arrived when we got some free time together and we had a chance to sit down and try out some HDR content. We turned on his TV and selected an HDR game to play.

As we started playing, we noticed that the colors on the screen looks dull and washed out. we were disappointed, as we had been expecting the vibrant, lifelike colors that we all had heard HDR was capable of producing.

He tweaked some settings randomly but the colors remained washed out and unimpressive, if you are also in a similar situation and if your Hisense TV’s HDR also looks washed out don’t worry, being a gadget and electronic enthusiast I always try to find such scenarios to help people and I will explain why it’s happening on your Hisense TV and how you can fix it easily.

Note: This guide works on all Hisense TVs which are compatible with Dolby Atmos, Game Mode, HDR, and are 4K.

Why Does The HDR Look Washed Out On My Hisense TV?

There are a few possible reasons why your Hisense TV’s HDR may appear washed out. Here are a few things you can try to troubleshoot the issue:

  1. Make sure that your TV is set to the correct display mode. Also, You may need to adjust the picture settings on your TV to optimize it for HDR content.
  2. Check that your TV is connected to the correct HDMI port on your device. Some HDMI ports may not support HDR, so be sure to use the port labeled as “HDMI 2.0” or “HDMI 2.0a” on your TV.
  3. Make sure that your TV’s firmware is up to date. If you have an older model of Hisense TV, the HDR feature may not be fully supported or may not be optimized for the latest HDR content. Updating the firmware may help resolve this issue.
  4. Check the settings on your device. Some devices may have settings that affect the way HDR content is displayed on your TV. Make sure that the device is set to output HDR content and that it is compatible with your TV’s HDR capabilities.
  5. Check the content you are trying to watch. Some content may not be designed to be viewed in HDR, which can affect the way it looks on your TV.

Moreover, apart from the above points, let me explain another important thing,  there are two HDR, the standard HDR and the Game HDR on Hisense TV, you might have witnessed it as well.

Basically, When you turn off HDR on your TV, it automatically switches to Game mode, which you had previously adjusted to your liking. However, when you turn on HDR again, the TV switches to a default setting called “Game HDR,” which causes a drastic change in the colors. 

This happens because “Game HDR” is a separate setting from the regular Game mode, and it is designed to optimize the TV’s performance for playing games in HDR. 

Note: At bottom of this guide, I have provided the best optimized HDR picture settings for your Hisense TV to get rid of the faded colors.

How To Fix HDR Washed Out / Faded Colors And Calibrate HDR? 

It’s important to note that proper HDR calibration on your console and in-game settings can significantly improve the way HDR content looks on your TV. Here are some steps you can follow to ensure that you get the best possible HDR performance:

  1. Make sure that HDR is turned on both on your console and in-game settings.
  2. Go through the HDR calibration process on your console to ensure that the display is optimized for HDR content.
  3. Adjust the picture settings on your TV while in HDR game mode to fine-tune the way the content looks.
  4. Once you’ve completed these steps, you should have the best possible HDR performance on your TV. If you are still having issues, you may need to try other troubleshooting steps or contact Hisense customer support for further assistance.

Quick Tip: If you change active contrast to low, you will see a huge improvement in getting rid of the washout.

Moreover, HDR (High Dynamic Range) enhances the contrast and richness of colors in your TV. It can make brighter areas appear more vibrant, but it can also wash out the rest of the image and make the overall picture quality less vibrant if not calibrated properly. 

Here’s how HDR affects the color of Games:

What are the best picture settings for Hisense TVs to view HDR content?

Here are the best settings to improve the HDR picture quality and eliminate washed-out colors on your Hisense TV:

Color temperatureLow
Motion clearnessOff
Active contrastLow
Color SpaceNative
Free syncOn
Hisense TV Settings for Optimized HDR Quality
Color tunerValue
Red0, -1, -3
Green0, 0, -7
Blue0, 0, -9
Yellow-3, 0, 0
Cyan-1, 0, -7
Magenta1, 0, 0
Flesh tone0, 0, 0
Color Tuner Settings for Hisense TV HDR
Gamma CalibrationValue
0% to 55%0
60% to 100%-2
RGB onlyOff
Gamma Calibration Settings for Hisense TVs Optimized HDR Content
White BalanceValue
2 point setting0, -2, -5, -3, -9, -7
20 point settingOff
White Balance Settings To Get Rid Of Washed Out HDR Color On Hisense TV


We all do expect the new tech to provide us more immersive experience, same goes for the Hisense TVs HDR, but often it makes the color looks washed out which obviously isn’t what we want to experience, mostly it happens due to incorrect picture settings and can be easily fixed by tweaking the TV settings. 

I hope you liked the above guide and after going through all troubleshooting and tweaking the picture settings I provided above to enhance HDR, you have been able to get rid of the washed-out color feeling on your Hisense TV.

To quickly wrap it up for you, in order to get the best possible picture quality with HDR on your console and  Hisense TV, it is important to follow these steps:

  1. Make sure that you have properly calibrated HDR on your console and in-game settings. This will ensure that the HDR content is displayed correctly on your TV.
  2. Once you have calibrated HDR, adjust the picture settings on your TV while it is in HDR game mode. This will allow you to fine-tune the appearance of the picture to your preference.

By following these steps, you should be able to achieve the best possible picture quality with HDR on your console and TV.