Minecraft is still one of the most popular games out there. Since it has very simple graphics you are able to run it on pretty much any Windows machine, but it does support the latest 3D graphics APIs like DirectX 12. It looks like Minecraft will add another technical feature, support for NVIDIA RTX real-time ray tracing. If you have capable hardware (NVIDIA RTX GPU) ray tracing will now be used to render realistic light shafts using path-tracing, global illumination, shadows, ambient occlusion, and simple reflections. “Ray tracing sits at the center of what we think is next for Minecraft,” said Saxs Persson, Franchise Creative Director of Minecraft at Microsoft. “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 highlight, you get to see the reflection, you can even see a mob reflected in it.”
Here are some shots with RTX off and RTX on in Minecraft.
NVIDIA and Microsoft has not put out a release date on when this feature will be available for Minecraft. Check out the video below to learn more.