Official ray-tracing support is coming to Minecraft for GeForce RTX graphics cards

Written by Stuart Thomas on Mon, Aug 19, 2019 11:07 AM
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Minecraft’s ‘Super Duper Graphics Pack’ may have been unceremoniously dumped last week but help is at hand, provided you’re willing to spend at $350 on a graphics card. Nvidia has officially unveiled GeForce RTX ray tracing support for Minecraft, adding real-time ray-traced lighting effects to Minecraft’s infamously blocky world.

“Ray-tracing is one of the key innovations that we think is next for Minecraft”. Says Saxs Persson, Minecraft creative director. “RTX gives the Minecraft world a brand new feel to it. In normal Minecraft a block of gold just appears yellow. But, with ray-tracing turned on you really get to see the specular highlights, you get to see the reflections, you can even see a mob reflected in it.”

Mojang and Nvidia’s partnership will introduce ray-traced real-time global illumination, allowing emissive blocks to light up the environment, water, glass and other reflective surfaces can accurately depict real-time reflections, while shadows and shading will now look more lifelike.

“Our tech gives us that custom flavour for each block that you can’t see anywhere else,” said Michael Weilbacher, CTO on Minecraft. “We wanted to keep the authentic look of Minecraft and still push the boundaries with ray-tracing.”

It certainly looks like a mightily impressive upgrade. The core visual appeal of Minecraft is kind of lost a little along the way, but it’s certainly worth it transform the world’s most popular game into something thoroughly modern-looking.

As for when you’ll be able to get your mitts on Minecraft RTX, that’s a little up in the air. It would appear Mojang and Nvidia are targeting a launch at some point within the next year or so.

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10:01 Aug-20-2019

It doesn't look as good as Sonic Either's. Java Edition for life!

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22:56 Aug-19-2019

RIP Sonic Ether... xD
But I'm happy about this! I'll be able to play with raytracing and not have to downgrade the version and play alone to experience better graphics.


Edit: BOOO! Win10 store edition only? Some say that, but where's the source??
Edit2: Nvidia's page mentions "we have reached a stunning new level of realism with the introduction of real-time DXR raytracing for the Windows 10 edition of Minecraft" - BOO!

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00:29 Aug-20-2019

As I have said in a comment earlier,


"Considering this is only for W10 Edition and only supports Nvidia GPUs. I think not. Sonic Ether's mod is for java edition and will also support AMD graphics"

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00:15 Aug-21-2019

His mod also runs on compute only, so while the support is there - the framerates are crap and will never be as good as something that can run on dedicated hardware. That's the unfortunate truth...

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15:10 Aug-20-2019

It's written at the end of the video

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17:23 Aug-19-2019

OMG Ray Tracing that real truly looks better! As oppossed to the just "different" look of other games. (Except SOtTR's shadows)

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16:50 Aug-19-2019

Looks awesome, shame it's for just the Windows 10 edition, though understandable I guess.

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12:39 Aug-19-2019

This is exactly what RTX should've be done for.

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12:03 Aug-19-2019

Looks Like Sonic Ether is gonna go out of business XD

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17:06 Aug-19-2019

Considering this is only for W10 Edition and only supports Nvidia GPUs. I think not. Sonic Ether's mod is for java edition and will also support AMD graphics.

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