One of the most exciting new technologies in gaming is ray tracing, which calculates how virtual light sources affect the items in their environment. Ray tracing can instantly make a game look more realistic and lure you into an environment. And now Minecraft is ready to enable ray tracing for all Windows 1
That’s because not every graphics card can handle ray tracing. It is still a new method and requires a lot of strength. You need something like GeForce RTX 2060 GPU or better to take advantage. But if you have the power, you will notice the results immediately.
Microsoft has implemented a special physically based rendering texture pack in Minecraft. As long as the world you are in uses that texture pack, you will get ray tracing effects. That includes realistic sunlight, shadows and reflections.
It’s still visibly a Minecraft game, blocky components and all. But despite that, it looks like a different graphics class. It’s like switching from a game made for Playstation 2 to Playstation 4. Depending on how powerful your graphics card is, Nvidia promises you will get ray tracing and at least 60 FPS at 1920×1080 resolution. More expensive graphics cards, such as the RTX 3080, can run Minecraft with ray tracing at 60 fps and 4K resolution.
The ray tracing update is free for all Windows 10 Minecraft players and includes two words: Colosseum RTX (available now) and Dungeon Dash RTX (available soon).