Matt Wuebbling, head of GeForce marketing, said that "Minecraft will expose ray tracing to millions of gamers of all ages and backgrounds that may not play more hardcore video games", and that "the world's best-selling video game adding ray tracing on PC illustrates the momentum that ray tracing has built". The game was revealed to be getting a major visual overhaul, thanks to the addition of ray tracing support into the mix. I will, of course, be doing a thorough test of the game's RTX performance once the update is available, but here's hoping you'll still get reasonable ray tracing performance on both lower-end RTX cards and Nvidia's Turing-based GTX 16-series cards. Nvidia has introduced a new real-time DXR ray tracing technology and remodeled the whole Minecraft world with path tracing.
'Ray tracing sits at the centre of what we think is next for Minecraft, ' claims Saxs Persson, franchise creative director of Minecraft at Microsoft.
It might be a little unusual to hear that Minecraft is being updated to support ray tracing.
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Ms Castle said it would take a "hefty" RTX card to run all the different lighting, shadow and atmospheric effects at the same time. With RTX turned on, Minecraft nearly looks like it's been modded with third-party texture packs, but assuming you've got an RTX card installed in your rig, you'll be able to achieve that look in the unmodded game.
The joint announcement from Microsoft and Nvidia came ahead of the Gamescom trade show in Cologne, Germany, this morning.
Just last week, Mojang announced they had cancelled Minecraft's Super Duper cross-platform graphics pack, citing too many technical difficulties in getting it all up and running. But now that Microsoft is teaming up with Nvidia to harness ray tracing tech and vastly improve the look of the game on Windows, I might just give it a go.