Minecraft will get ray tracing for Nvidia RTX graphics cards

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Minecraft is about to get a major graphics overhaul, thanks to real-time ray tracing support for any player using a Nvidia RTX card. Microsoft and Nvidia made the joint announcement today at industry trade show Gamescom in Cologne, Germany early Monday morning, and ray tracing support will arrive as a free update for all PC Minecraft users.

“Ray tracing sits at the center of what we think is next for Minecraft,” Saxs Persson, head creative director for Minecraft at Microsoft, said in a statement. “GeForce 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…

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