Minecraft is getting a dose of Nvidia ray-tracing

21 Août, 2019, 03:55 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Minecraft is getting a dose of Nvidia ray-tracing

An accompanying YouTube video reveals how the game's futuristic, dystopian London will look with the extra shimmer and sheen added by the technology, which you can check out below - the results are pretty dazzling.

Minecraft will receive an update from Nvidia making use of a new graphics technology that adds new light effects to the block game called ray tracing.

The game environment retains its building-blocks aesthetic but RTX On has a big impact on lighting of the scenes and uses real-time global illumination tech.

"Ray tracing sits at the centre of what we think is next for Minecraft", said Saxs Persson, creative director of Minecraft at Microsoft, in a statement.

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Nvidia announced on Monday afternoon that - provided you've got an RTX graphics card, of course - Minecraft's lighting system has just gotten an enormous upgrade. Attendees get a chance to experience the GeForce RTX title first-hand with ray-traced reflections. The update will also only be available on Windows 10.

According to NVIDIA, ray tracing in Minecraft means there will be more vivid visualisations, realistic shadows, lighting, and vibrant colours. The company didn't say how Cyberpunk 2077-which basically pulled a Kim Kardashian and "broke the internet" at E3 2019 when it released a cinematic trailer featuring Keanu Reeves-would implement ray tracing. While the update is expected to be free, an Nvidia RTX graphics card will cost you at least £380.

Here's an example of what Minecraft looks without and with RTX enabled. The team is preparing graphical enhancements for Bedrock platforms thanks to a new engine, Red Dragon, including "edge highlighting and new lighting techniques, which is just the start of the visual and performance upgrades". If you can't tell which is which, they look no different. We already know that AMD is also working on ray-tracing for future GPUs and both next-gen consoles from Sony and Microsoft aim to support it, so ray-tracing support in Minecraft should continue to grow.

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