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What Does Ray Tracing Do?

September 18, 2019 | By brian

There’s been a lot of talk around ray tracing and its ability to reinvent PC game development. With graphics cards like Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER introducing support for the technology, developers can create environments that look like something straight out of a Hollywood film.

With ray tracing, the way lighting interacts with virtual worlds is massively improved. If you’ve seen recent titles like the action-adventure Control with RTX on, you may have noticed the main character Jesse Faden can see her reflection in windows in incredibly lifelike ways. The complex technology means light can interact with objects like never before, changing based on what the object is. Reflections, shadows, and even colors are closer to how a human eye would experience the light in the real world.

What does this mean for you as a gamer? It means that with the right hardware, your games come to life like never before. While Control is one of the latest titles to make impressive use of the technology, you can turn RTX on in titles like Battlefield V, the first-person shooter Metro Exodus, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider, which looks stunning when played in 4K on a PC powered by GeForce RTX. Ray tracing features are also going to be available in the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare in the campaign and 2v2 Gunfight multiplayer mode. If you order an ORIGIN PC with GeForce RTX you’ll even get a copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on PC to see RTX in action!

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