Minecraft with RTX Beta is finally live! Here's how to access it

Written by Stuart Thomas on Thu, Apr 16, 2020 6:00 PM
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The Minecraft with RTX Beta is finally here, experience the blocky, pixelated world of Minecraft with real-time ray tracing features and physically-based materials. If you’re stuck wondering how you can experience this strange yet beautiful concoction, you’re not alone. So here’s the steps required in order to get the Minecraft with RTX Beta up and running on your computer.

First of all, a couple disclaimers before accessing the Beta: in order to run Minecraft with RTX you will need two things, a ray tracing capable GPU such as a GeForce RTX 2060 or better, and the latest Nvidia Game Ready Driver. Without the latest driver you will not be able to experience the beta as it allows the use of Nvidia DLSS 2.0 which is required to run Minecraft with RTX. You must also have the Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition, as both the Bedrock and Java editions do not support the Minecraft RTX Beta.

So you’ve got a ray tracing capable GPU, and you’ve installed the latest Game Ready Driver, now what? Okay, so let’s go through this step-by-step then: launch/install the Xbox Insider Hub app from the Microsoft Store. It’s completely free and shouldn’t take long to download if you haven’t before.

If you haven’t used the app before, it will prompt you to enroll in the insider program, click the big “join” button to do so. Once you’ve done that you should be on the main screen of the app, click the box icon (the one with the 3 horizontal lines) in the top left corner. This will expand the side panel and allow you to select “Insider Content”.

Once you’ve clicked the Insider Content button, you should be directed to the Insider content screen. The first option available should be the Minecraft for Windows 10 Beta Program, click it and it should take you to the Minecraft for WIndows 10 page. Read the disclaimer carefully before clicking the “join” button at the bottom. It may take a while (it took about 10 minutes for me), but you’ll eventually have joined the Beta.

But it’s not over! Once you’ve joined there should be 2 new options at the bottom: “Manage” and “Show in store”. In order to join the MC RTX Beta you must click “Manage” and a new popup will appear. There should be an option for the Minecraft with RTX Beta, select it and then press “done”. This is always where you should go if you ever want to unenroll from the Beta and revert back to the previous version you were on.

That’s it! Let us know if you run into any issues or if you managed to solve any. Also if you’ve played the Beta already, what do you think? Has ray tracing brought Minecraft into a whole new light? (hur hur) Tell us what your thoughts!

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00:12 Apr-17-2020

Looks great, shame its on the windows 10 store, so for me i'll pass, hope someday the windows 10 version can hit steam or something

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21:46 Apr-16-2020

It looks good. No denying that.

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20:00 Apr-16-2020

It seems that even though the GTX 1660 SUPER can run DXR, the game absolutely demands that you have an RTX 2060 or it will not let you even download the packs required.


So I am wondering if there is anyway to trick the game into thinking I have an RTX 2060?


This video is to be believed, it should be able to run on my system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uWuJVA6JMY

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20:21 Apr-16-2020

well gtx 1660 super is "cappable" of ray tracing but it is not of dlss which this seems to require


also with gtx 10xx and 16xx you can enable ray tracing how will it run on the other hand well just bad with exceptions of cod warzone, metro exodus and battlefield 5

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06:07 Apr-17-2020

Yeah it misses RT cores so no chance running any game at decent fps

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15:09 Apr-17-2020

it runs cod warzone with RT just fine tho

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