Minecraft now supports ray-tracing on PC

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Minecraft ray-tracing PC screenshot

Even with its simple design, Minecraft still looks beautiful. And now it will look even better thanks to ray-tracing support on PC.

Mojang announced today that Minecraft for Windows 10 now supports ray-tracing. According to the game’s official blog:

Players will now be able to experience Minecraft in a new light (sorry) with brightened blocks, emissive pixels, water reflections, accurately cast shadows, and rich global illumination. But why have me explain it with fancy words when you can watch a video with pretty pictures?

Now, to experience Minecraft with ray tracing on Windows 10, you must first have a ray-tracing capable GPU, for example, a GeForce RTX 2060 GPU or better. Players who install Minecraft ray tracing will by default see everything enhanced with a special physically based rendering texture pack, which interplays with the ray-traced effects to further enhance the experience. There are plenty of maps and worlds with this feature – all available on the Minecraft Marketplace.

You can also create your own ray tracing worlds with physically-based rendered texture packs (PBRs). Sounds complex? Don’t worry! NVIDIA has created a great starter pack and helpful guide that explains it on a level that even a caveman like me can understand. A perfect opportunity to turn my hideous dirt houses into extravagant eco-lodges!

Watch the ray-tracing trailer below!

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