NVIDIA Releases Five New Worlds for ‘Minecraft’ with RTX

NVIDIA worked with well-known Minecraft creators to craft new worlds for Minecraft with RTX on Windows 10 Beta for gamers to enjoy for free. This is our second release of Minecraft experiences, and the five new worlds are available on the Minecraft marketplace today.

The new Minecraft experiences include:

  • Hilltop Lifestyle RTX by PearlescentMoon – From the creator of Color, Light and Shadow RTX from the first releases, Hilltop Lifestyle RTX is survival spawn set in a new outdoor map utilizing many of the concepts, advancements and features demonstrated in her previous ray tracing and physically-based texture showcase. In this new world users will explore the beautiful Hilltop Lifestyle island, and learn to live off of the land in its Italian-inspired village.
  • Egg Hunt by Feed The Beast – Set deep underground, Egg Hunt is a new standalone mini-game featuring a mysterious cave filled with puzzles, traps, secrets, and fun challenges. The goal is to find the hidden eggs, in order to complete the two game modes in the fastest time possible.
  • Medieval RTX by Aurelien_Sama – Medieval RTX is a survival spawn that features an idyllic medieval village nestled below an ancient ruin, with god-rays from the setting sun shining happily through the town. As night falls and the shadows grow longer and darker, danger awaits. 
  • The Dark Village RTX by Wyld – The Dark Village RTX is a survival spawnset inan abandoned village that lies overgrown in the forest, where effigies of the missing stand long-forgotten. Underneath this village lies the realm of hidden horrors. Players will follow the quest, solve interactive puzzles, discover secrets, and experience rich ray-traced shadows to see if  your sanity survives as days pass.
  • The Observer RTX by IamSp00n – Classified as an adventure, The Observer RTX is a world that starts deep underground. The player explores their newfound surroundings, uncovering the mysteries of the entombed vault they are stuck in. Along the way they discover the lore of the land to reveal the fate of the Observer’s denizens.

About Minecraft with RTX

Last month, NVIDIA, Microsoft Studios, and Mojang released Minecraft with RTX on Windows 10 Bedrock Edition as a beta along with six Minecraft experiences. Minecraft with RTX features an advanced form of ray tracing called path tracing, new physically-based materials, and NVIDIA DLSS 2.0.  These technologies combine to deliver a stunning new level of graphical quality in Minecraft, the world’s best-selling video game.  

About the Creators

NVIDIA engaged several well-known individuals in the community to create stunning new Minecraft experiences. They include:

  • PearlescentMoon – An Australian gamer working within the realms of Minecraft with a passion for building, she is a proud member of Grian’s personal build crew. As a Minecraft artist, PearlescentMoon gained a loyal following online for her ability to create elaborate structures within the game’s world. She shares her art on her YouTube channel, PearlescentMoon, which currently has around 90,000 subscribers. She also created Color, Light and Shadow RTX from the first release.
  • Feed The Beast Crew – Feed the Beast is a collection of modpacks for the popular sandbox-game Minecraft. Designed to enhance the game, Feed The Beast provides an easy way to play modded Minecraft without having to go through the hassle of installing each mod manually. Following the success of ‘Feed The Beast’, the folks working on the project formed the Feed The Beast Team, becoming the go-to experts for unique, engaging challenge map gameplay in Minecraft.
  • Aurelien_Sama – A Belgian Youtuber and gamer who specializes in Minecraft, Aurelien Samain focuses on terraforming and architecture that allows for a mix of fun Minecrafting with designing and building.
  • Wyld – Long-time Minecraft modder and streamer from Australia, he is a former Feed The Beast Modpack developer and a currently active Twitch streamer. He is known for his modpack series, Ultra Hard Survival.
  • IAmSp00n – A USA-based Twitch Partner and Content Creator who has been involved in Minecraft gaming and modding for several years. Most recently developed Spectator Interactive Mode for Minecraft community participation in streaming.

GTC 2020

As a reminder, today’s GTC keynote by NVIDIA CEO, Jensen Huang is available online today at https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/gtc/.

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Minecraft with RTX Windows Beta Launch Brings Stunning Ray- Traced Visuals to Millions of Gamers

Millions of Minecraft gamers across the globe will get to experience their self-created worlds more vividly than ever before when Minecraft with RTX moves to open beta on Windows 10 this week and introduces realistic shadows, lighting and vibrant colors to the best-selling videogame of all time.

“We teamed up with Mojang Studios to bring next-generation ray tracing and AI to Minecraft and the results are truly amazing,” said Jeff Fisher, senior vice president of gaming at NVIDIA. “There is a ton of excitement from the community for Minecraft with RTX, and we can’t wait to see what they create.”

On Thursday, at 10 a.m. Pacific time, Minecraft players on Windows 10 can download the beta of the highly anticipated free game update, unleashing a next-generation graphical makeover that includes real-time ray tracing, more realistic materials and NVIDIA DLSS 2.0.

NVIDIA will also give players six new Minecraft worlds to download for free from the Minecraft Marketplace, allowing them to experience what is possible in Minecraft when real-time ray tracing is applied.

“The next big evolution for Minecraft has arrived with Minecraft with RTX,” said Saxs Persson, franchise creative director of Minecraft at Microsoft. “The core of regular Minecraft is building with blocks. GeForce RTX GPUs transform the Minecraft world with a dramatically more realistic look by adding life-like lighting effects, shadows, reflections, refraction and more to the builder’s tool kit.”

Ray Tracing Comes to Minecraft
Together, NVIDIA, Microsoft and Mojang Studios, the developer of Minecraft, have added 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 rasterized or hybrid renderers. Among these are:

● Direct lighting from the sun, sky and various light sources
● Realistic hard and soft shadows
● Emissive lighting from surfaces such as glowstone and lava
● Global illumination
● Accurate reflections in water and metallic surfaces
● Transparent materials such as stained glass, water and ice with reflection and
refraction
● Volumetric fog and light shafts

Ray tracing was added to Minecraft using the industry-standard Microsoft DirectX 12 Ultimate API. NVIDIA GeForce RTX™ GPUs are the only GPUs with dedicated ray-tracing cores that allow games to be ray traced in real time.

New Physically Based Materials System
Building blocks in Minecraft are now upgraded with material properties that emulate real life — a technique known as physically based rendering (PBR). This PBR system supports material properties for light emission, roughness, depth and metallicity that combine with ray tracing to enable lighting effects such as reflections, refraction, translucency, transparency and global illumination that open new possibilities and ways to create in Minecraft.

Using AI to Boost Image Quality in Minecraft
Minecraft with RTX also introduces NVIDIA DLSS 2.0 to the game. Powered by RTX Tensor Cores, DLSS 2.0 is an improved deep learning neural network that boosts frame rates while generating beautiful, sharp images for games. It provides the performance headroom — 1.7x+ faster frame rates — to power full path tracing in Minecraft with RTX.

Six Gorgeous New Minecraft Worlds to Play in, Build and Explore
To celebrate the open beta of Minecraft with RTX, NVIDIA has worked with some of the most talented Minecraft creators to make six new Minecraft worlds available to gamers that show off the dramatic possibilities that ray tracing and PBR textures bring to the game. Selected due to their fantastic track record of making captivating contributions in the Minecraft community, these creators delivered exciting results.

“What Minecraft with RTX introduces to the game can only be described as mind-blowing,” said RazzleberryFox, CEO at Razzleberries, a founding partner and industry leader on the Minecraft Marketplace. “The added dimension these incredible visuals add to Minecraft has reinvigorated our collective creativity and enabled us to create amazing new worlds and experiences for Minecraft that just were not possible before.”

The six new worlds will be downloadable for free from the in-game Minecraft Marketplace and include:

● Aquatic Adventure RTX by Dr_Bond
● Color, Light and Shadow RTX by PearlescentMoon
● Crystal Palace RTX by GeminiTay
● Imagination Island RTX by BlockWorks
● Neon District RTX by Elysium Fire
● Of Temples and Totems RTX by Razzleberries

Minecraft with RTX will come as a free update later this year to users that own Minecraft on Windows 10. Players will need to sign up for the Minecraft Windows 10 RTX beta through the Xbox Insider Hub on April 16. The beta worlds will be downloadable for free from the Minecraft Marketplace on April 16. Players will also need a GeForce RTX 2060 GPU or higher and the latest NVIDIA Game Ready Driver.

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Minecraft: Dungeons Coming in April 2020

Fight your way through an all-new action-adventure game, inspired by classic dungeon crawlers and set in the Minecraft universe! Brave the dungeons alone, or team up with friends! Up to four players can battle together through action-packed, treasure-stuffed, wildly varied levels – all in an epic quest to save the villagers and take down the evil Arch-Illager! Discover a trove of powerful new weapons and items that will help you defeat ruthless swarms of new-and-nasty mobs. Fight or flee through canyons, swamps and—of course—mines! Any adventurer brave or foolish enough to explore this blocky and beautiful world will need to come prepared. So quickly, gear up!

Key Features
• Dungeon Creeper! Battle new-and-nasty mobs in this all-new action-adventure, inspired by classic dungeon crawlers.

• Multiplayer! Up to four players can team up and fight together in co-op mode.

• Power Up! Unlock dozens of unique items and weapon enchantments for devastating special attacks.

• Options! Personalize your character, then fight up-close and personal with melee swings, hang back with ranged attacks, or tank your way through swarms of mobs, shielded by heavy armour!

• Epicness! Explore treasure-stuffed levels in a quest to take down the evil Arch-Illager!

• Mojang! The first stand-alone game developed by Mojang and set in the Minecraft universe since… well, Minecraft!

Minecraft Bedrock Version Coming to PS4

Bedrock is coming to PlayStation 4 tomorrow! “Kelsey,” you gasp in horror, “you’ve given away the whole article in the first sentence.” Don’t worry, beloved reader of PlayStation Blog, there is always more!

“So how is this different from the version of Minecraft I can already play on my PS4?” The difference is that the Bedrock version of Minecraft is the unified version of the game that offers the same experience across all consoles. All that glorious, unified code means that you’ll be playing the same game as your pals on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows 10, and mobile! So, yes – that means you get cross-play between those different consoles. Not just that, PS4 players now also have access to the Minecraft Marketplace — a source for worlds, skins, mini-games, and mash up packs! So you’re going to have not just a better Minecraft experience than ever before, but more Minecraft than ever.

“What if I already own Minecraft on PS4, do I need to buy the game again to get the Bedrock version?” Short answer: No! The next time you start Minecraft, the new update will install automatically and free of charge. This update will never expire, and all game purchases after today for PS4 will always be for this new version.

We call this update ‘Buzzy Bees’ (or 1.14) and it’ll be arriving on PS4 tomorrow at 8am PST. Hope to see you in the Overworld soon!

Kelsey Howard – Senior Creative Writer, Mojang

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Minecraft is Officially Getting Ray Tracing

Minecraft, the legendary game that took over the world a couple of years ago with its simplistic graphics and simple yet deep gameplay is about to become one of the most graphically intense games, officially.

Minecraft is getting official support for Ray Tracing which means you won’t need shaders to get that Ray Tracing goodness. Plus with Nvidia partnering with Microsoft for this means that it’s going to be somewhat optimized. However, you will need a GPU with Ray Tracing support to be able to play it.

Also, this will be available on the Windows version of the game and not the Java version. So if you want to try ray tracing on the Java version, shaders seem to be the only way as of now.

After the cancellation of the old Super Duper Graphics Pack for Xbox recently many were left upset after the way it was advertised at E3. They stated that they were building a whole new model for lighting and textures which turned out to be harder than they expected. Maybe they dropped it because of this. And maybe, this will be available on the Xbox Scarlett.

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The Best Open World Games For Android

Mobile Games are vast and varied and there’s a lot more to them than just PUBG. Which is why we’ve got 5 Open World Games for Android that you may or may not know about but are an absolute blast to play.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

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If you’ve played video games then you know about this game. One of the best open world games to have ever been made that has a lot of fun things to do. San Andreas is a game that a lot of gamers will call their favourite and it’s clear why. A great story that takes you around the different states, a lot of weapons, a lot of vehicles, side activities that can take over your playthrough like Gambling or Ring Racing, the various schools for the vehicle discipline. This game has a lot to offer so go check it out if you haven’t already.

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GTA Chinatown Wars

This game tends to get skipped over by a lot of people because they go for the bigger, better-looking games. Chinatown Wars has a top-down view like the older GTA titles, however, don’t let that turn you off. It’s still a GTA game with missions, cars to steal, people to run over and a story about making it to the top. I decided to try it out on a whim and really enjoyed playing the game. Give it a try, you might just fall in love with it.

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Crazy Taxi

Craaaaaaazyyyy Taxi. If you’re a bit of an older gamer you probably have played Crazy Taxi. Either on your own PC or at an arcade. This game is an absolute rush of adrenaline with an amazing soundtrack that the Android port maintains. If you haven’t played the game, do it right now.

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Minecraft

Minecraft is like Skyrim when it comes to the fact that it is available on every damn platform imaginable. You can build whatever you want, however, you want. Want to play Survival mode? You can. Want to play with friends? Also can be done. It even has cross-platform play with the help of Minecraft Realms. Minecraft is extremely fun and really lets your imagination run wild.

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Terraria

People like to call it 2D Minecraft but that’s not really an apt description. Terraria is a survival and building game with its own mechanics and systems. There’s a lot of biomes to explores, weird creatures to fight and craft awesome things like Yo-Yos that can be used as weapons, a lightsaber or a pair of wings to fly. The game can from calm to frantic in a matter of seconds and how you handle it will decide if you get that sweet loot or not.

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Few of the aforementioned games are paid. If you don’t have the cash to buy it, just get the Google Opinion Rewards app and get Play store credit for answering surveys that take 2 minutes.

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