Minecraft has gotten a resurgence as of late and definitely deserves a fresh new coat of paint. NVIDIA and Microsoft today announced a free game update will provide Minecraft players with vivid visualisations of their self-created worlds, with more realistic shadows, lighting and vibrant colours.
Together, NVIDIA and Mojang are adding a form of ray tracing known as path tracing for the Windows 10 version of the game. Path tracing simulates the way light is transported throughout a scene. It presents a unified model for lighting calculations for many different types of effects that have traditionally been implemented separately using rasterised or hybrid renderers. This comes right after the cancellation of the much anticipated Super Duper graphics pack that was in development since 2017.
Some of the graphical upgrades include direct lighting from the sun, sky and various light sources, including emissive surfaces such as glowstone and lava; transparent materials get realistic reflection, refraction and scattering effects, as well as atmospheric scattering and density for volumetric fog, light shafts, and a more realistic sky. Enjoy all of this and more when you play a Windows 10 version of Minecraft with an NVIDIA RTX GPU.
NVIDIA is kicking off Gamescom 2019 at an exclusive invitation-only event that features some of the world’s most anticipated titles premiered with ray-traced graphics. Attendees can play this new updated Minecraft and its new ray-traced gameplay before the rest of the world. Other games getting the ray-tracing treatment includes Dying Light 2 and Metro Exodus: Two Colonels.