NVIDIA RTX On: New Wave of Blockbuster Games Showcase Ray Tracing at Gamescom

Marking the ray-tracing revolution sweeping across the video game industry, NVIDIA and its partners kicked off Gamescom 2019 on Monday by premiering blockbuster games that support ray tracing and giving a first look at ray-traced effects in a series of previously announced, highly anticipated
AAA titles.

The games, which include established mega-franchises, highly anticipated sequels, new franchises and more, were showcased at a special invitation-only event in Cologne.

“In the year since NVIDIA made it possible to achieve real-time ray tracing in games, this revolutionary technology has been embraced across the industry,” said Matt Wuebbling, head of GeForce marketing at NVIDIA. “Looking at the number of games, the big-name franchises and the breathtaking visuals at our  Gamescom 2019 event, it’s clear that ray tracing has arrived and
is truly the way forward for game development.”

New games supporting ray tracing include:

● Dying Light 2 – The highly anticipated open world action RPG Dying Light 2, the next installment to the franchise with over 17 million players, will feature real-time ray tracing, taking immersion in the world of the infected set within a Modern Dark Age to the next level.

● Metro Exodus – The Two Colonels downloadable content (DLC) – Metro Exodus’ use of global illumination made it a showcase title for ray tracing. Now, NVIDIA, 4A Games and Deep Silver are adding ray-traced global illumination with emissive lighting via the upcoming The Two Colonels DLC. Attendees can play the upcoming The Two Colonels DLC for the first time.

● Minecraft – Minecraft is the world’s best-selling video game. Together, NVIDIA and game developer Mojang are adding a form of ray tracing known as path tracing for the Windows 10 version of the game. Upon release of the game update, Minecraft players will be able to build, create and explore their Minecraft worlds in stunning realism with real-time ray tracing. They can immerse themselves in realistic lighting and vibrant colors enabled by global illumination, realistic water that reflects and refracts naturally and emissive textures that now light up their world. Attendees can play Minecraft with real-time ray tracing at Gamescom and capture their gameplay to share.

● SYNCED: Off-Planet – Tencent’s flagship games development studio has partnered with NVIDIA to unveil its inaugural AAA game featuring ray-tracing technology. Previously unannounced, SYNCED: Off-Planet is a brand new franchise that will use ray-traced reflections and shadows in a new twist on PvPvE that has players fighting each other while surviving 1,000+ “Nano Zombies.” Attendees can play the game and capture their gameplay to share.

In addition, NVIDIA and its development partners are premiering several ray-traced games that are unveiling ray-traced effects for the first time, including:

● Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® – One of the most critically acclaimed, best-
selling game franchises of all time, the Call of Duty team at Activision revealed
that the newest installment in the fan-favorite Modern Warfare series will
feature real-time ray tracing on PC. Awarded “Best Online Multiplayer” by Game Critics Best of E3 2019, the new blockbuster title launches worldwide on Oct. 25. Attendees of the Gamescom NVIDIA event can finally get hands-on play with the highly anticipated game, and capture PC gameplay featuring ray-traced shadows to share.

● Control – A showcase for ray-traced graphics, Control ships Aug. 27 and is a
GeForce RTX™ bundle title. Control was nominated for Game Critics Awards in the Best Original Game, Best PC Game and Best Action/Adventure Game
categories. The game supports NVIDIA DLSS technology as well as ray-traced
reflections, shadows and global illumination, and will be one of the first games
to support multiple ray tracing effects. Attendees can play the game and
capture gameplay to share.

● Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 – Considered one of the five biggest announcements at GDC 2019 by IGN, attendees to NVIDIA’s event receive a guided presentation of the highly anticipated Vampire RPG that features ray-traced reflections.

● Watch Dogs: Legion – With more than 60 awards and nominations received at E3 2019, including Game Critics Best Action/Adventure Game, the newest
installment in the Watch Dogs series will feature ray tracing. Attendees get a
chance to experience the GeForce RTX title first-hand with ray-traced
reflections.

● Wolfenstein®: Youngblood™ – Nominated for E3 Game Critics’ Awards in the
Best PC Game, Best Online Multiplayer game and Best Action Game categories, Wolfenstein: Youngblood is the second GeForce RTX bundle title at Gamescom. Attendees can experience the game with the addition of ray-traced reflections.

Ray tracing is also featured in can’t-miss demos at Gamescom 2019, including Cyberpunk 2077, winner of hundreds of awards, and a game Gamespot calls “one of the most anticipated games of the decade.” Cyberpunk 2077’s Gamescom demo features real-time ray tracing. Gameplay presentations happen every 30 minutes throughout the day in the CD PROJEKT RED booth in the Gamescom Entertainment Area (Hall 6, Booth C049). Attendees can watch the game being played live by members of the dev team.

Real-time ray tracing is changing the way games are created and dramatically increases the image quality they can achieve. Ray tracing is built upon a robust ecosystem that includes industry-standard application programming interfaces, support in an array of popular and private game engines, and games from the biggest publishers for their most anticipated titles.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs are the only GPUs capable of playing games with real-time raytracing.

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Buy GeForce RTX, Get Metro Exodus, Anthem, and/or Battlefield V

NVIDIA has an exciting new ‘Triple Threat’ bundle for GeForce RTX that starts today.  Gamers get Metro ExodusAnthem, and Battlefield V with the purchase an eligible GeForce RTX 2080 Ti or 2080 GPU, desktop and laptop. Or, if gamers buy a GeForce RTX 2070 or 2060 GPU, desktop or laptop, they can pick one of the three.

Find out more here: https://www.nvidia.com/en-in/geforce/campaigns/rtx-triple-threat-bundle/

List of G-SYNC Compatible Displays Expands

The G-SYNC Compatible program expands the G-SYNC ecosystem, and aims to bring consistency and educate consumers on which displays will provide a good entry level variable refresh rate (VRR) experience.  

Three new monitors have been added to the list of G-SYNC Compatible Displays, including:

  • BenQ XL2540-B/ZOWIE XL LCD
  • Acer XF250Q
  • Acer ED273 A

Under the G-SYNC Compatible program, NVIDIA works with monitor OEMs to validate the experience on monitors that support the AdaptiveSync protocol. Those that pass are designated as “G-SYNC Compatible”.  For a full listing of G-SYNC Compatible displays, please click here.

Game Ready for Apex Legends

Our latest GeForce Game Ready driver will optimize your experience in Apex Legends. It also will provide the best experience for Devil May Cry 5 and Tom Clancy’s Division II.

Game Ready Drivers are available on or before launch day for most major titles and are tuned for best performance and flawless gameplay.  Every Game Ready Driver is also Microsoft WHQL-certified.

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So How Powerful Are The New NVIDIA RTX GPUs? Real-Time Ray Tracing Explained

Nvidia has finally announced their new lineup of cards with the RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080 and RTX 2070 which is all part of the Turing family. They have gone with a new naming convention by switching to RTX instead of GTX which they have been using for almost a decade now. A lot of people might be curious as to why they changed the name to RTX for these cards and what the Ray Tracing hype is all about so let’s shed some light upon this.

Ray Tracing is a rendering technique that generates an image by tracing the path of light as pixels. It’s what movies and TV Shows use to create life-like scenes using CG work. Ray Tracing is a very intensive process which requires quite a bit of processing power which is why it was only really used in pre-rendered media where there were no real-time calculations. While lighting in games has improved a lot over the past few years, it still never really hit levels of photorealism due to the fact that it was never Real Time. What Ray Tracing on these GPUs will do is actually process things in Real Time, in game which will create lifelike shadows, lighting, reflections and, sub-surface scattering. Since it uses a lot of algorithms to do it, the hardware will have to be quite powerful to be able to pull it off in Real Time.

What does all this mean though, you ask? Using Ray Tracing technology in games, we can expect much better and realistic lighting and overall visual fidelity. Reflections will be much better with accurate colour reflections, translucency and transparency. This is a big jump in terms of technological advancements and video game graphics because over time this technology will become mainstream as more and more games and GPU manufacturers start using this technology which in turn means that games in the future will look even more beautiful and “real” as compared to right now before. This could very well be ushering in the new generation of computer graphics and I’m quite excited to see how this technology expands and grows over the coming few years.

If you want to see Ray Tracing being used in video games like Battlefield V, Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Metro Exodus, click here. For gaming right now, the RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080 and RTX 2070 are the only cards which completely support Ray Tracing. If you plan on getting any of those click here to check their prices and their release dates.

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Watch NVIDIA’s Reveal Of New RTX 2080 GPUs Tonight At Gamescom 2018

You know. We know you know. You know we know you know. – NVIDIA, Gamescom 2018

Alright, so NVIDIA is all set to “reveal” their upcoming GPU line-up tonight. While, we’re not exactly sure what else there is to know about what NVIDIA has in store, since almost all details about the RTX 2080 have leaked, including some variants, specifications and even pricing, the conference should be interesting nonetheless.

NVIDIA will be showcasing some of the most graphically intensive upcoming games, including Battlefield V, Metro Exodus, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and many other games. This is what we are eager to see – performance benchmarks.

You can watch the stream here:

Watch live video from NVIDIA on www.twitch.tv
Some rumored speculations have said that these new GPUs have 6 times the performance output in comparison to their last gen counterparts. However, that’s not meant to be taken as 6 times the framerate, instead, it implies more powerful lighting, ray tracing, and AI processing powers. It’ll be interesting to see what developers will do with this newly available power, and we’ll hopefully know more specifics tonight.

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