Minecraft Is Getting Ray Tracing

Minecraft‘s long awaited graphics update might be no more, but the classic block-builder has still gotten a visual upgrade thanks to ray tracing.

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. Called path tracing, the new lighting model simulates how light travels through a scene to provide a unified method of calculating lighting as opposed to relying on separate renderers to calculate lighting for different effects.

A two minute snippet of Minecraft with and without ray tracing can be seen below:

Nvidia just released bunch of ray tracing trailers for existing and future games, including Control, Watch Dogs Legion, Vampires: The Masquerades, Call of Duty, SYNCED: Off-Planet and a new ray tracing effect for Metro Exodus that’ll ship in the The Two Colonels DLC. There’s also a live gameplay demo at Gamescom this year with Cyberpunk 2077: fingers crossed that gets released sometime this week.

As with all the other games, ray tracing for now is an exclusive feature for Nvidia’s RTX-series cards. Ray tracing will be added into Minecraft as a free update, although no word yet on when it’ll be released.

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