With Nvidia’s new RTX 30 Series lastly right here, realizing what PC video games truly assist RTX-based ray tracing is vital to assist reap the benefits of all that new highly effective {hardware}. This lighting method is the closest approximation we’ve got for modeling the way in which gentle behaves in the true world, and it appears to be like stunning on each RTX playing cards and some GTX playing cards, too.

Sadly, solely 15 video games assist RTX-based ray tracing. Despite the fact that graphics playing cards are bought in desktops and laptops alike, and Nvidia enabled ray tracing on GTX graphics cards with out devoted RT cores, the at present introduced record of current and upcoming video games is surprisingly quick — even in 2020.

Listed below are all the present and upcoming video games that assist Nvidia’s RTX-driven ray tracing expertise.

Video games with ray tracing

Amid Evil

Thought-about because the religious successor to Heretic and Hexen from the 90s, Amid Evil throws gamers right into a retro-yet-modern darkish fantasy world as a former heretic solely referred to as the Champion. His mission: To cleanse the sacred lands utilizing a holy battle axe and different magical weapons. New Blood Interactive added ray tracing assist as a beta in December, nevertheless, the developer remains to be asking for suggestions and efficiency info given this function is an ongoing implementation.

Battlefield V

Arguably essentially the most established collection to undertake the brand new ray tracing expertise, Battlefield V was showcased right alongside Nvidia’s new cards at Gamescom in 2018 with reflections of explosions in every little thing from automotive doorways to eyeballs. It arrived on October 11, 2018, and has since been repeatedly used because the de facto demo of ray tracing. We examined the game’s ray tracing capabilities and located it to be efficient, however a little bit of a efficiency hog, even with additional optimizations.

Name of Obligation: Fashionable Warfare

The following iteration of the intensely fashionable Name of Obligation franchise is the primary of the collection to function real-time ray tracing. Following within the footsteps of its fast-paced shooter counterpart, Battlefield V, CoD: MW brings real-time lighting for shadows, producing a extra reasonable and plausible recreation world. It launched to rave opinions on October 25, 2019.


Management can be a hanging recreation with or with out ray tracing, however its lighting and reflections look hauntingly otherworldly. The third-person action-adventure title has many PC-only graphical enhancements as effectively.

Management was beforehand used as a showcase for numerous ray tracing’s fairly lighting results within the lead as much as its launch, and now it’s proving fashionable with reviewers and players alike. Not only for its fairly lighting, however it actually helps.

Ship Us the Moon

Deliver Us the Moon is a sci-fi thriller the place gamers make their method round area stations and moon outposts in an try to save lots of mankind from a dying Earth. It solely employs a light-weight dusting of ray-traced results to shadows and reflections, however it isn’t notably taxing on the {hardware}. It might be an awesome place to begin for these simply attending to grips with the beautifying results of ray tracing, or for these with older GTX graphics playing cards.


Fortnite doesn’t want an introduction. It’s one of many most-played video games on the planet. Nevertheless, Epic’s free-to-play shooter obtained an replace in September 2020 including ray tracing, Nvidia DLSS, Nvidia Reflex, and a customized RTX map. Nvidia offers slider examples in a separate article, exhibiting the distinction ray tracing makes in reflections, illumination, and so forth. The sport nonetheless doesn’t look reasonable — it’s not meant to — however now that enjoyable, cartoony world is all of the extra prettier and immersive. It’s like capturing mates in a CGI film!

Justice On-line


Justice On-line is China-based NetEase’s try at a WoW-killer with a martial arts aptitude. It won’t get essentially the most traction within the West, however the already fairly recreation ought to look even higher with a dose of ray-traced lighting. You’ll be able to obtain a demo of what its ray tracing support looks like from Nvidia’s website.



JX3 is an HD remake of the unique JX3 from 2009. It’s one other martial-arts-themed MMO straight out of China, and although it’s unlikely to generate an enormous participant base right here within the West, it’s nonetheless one of many first to undertake the brand new ray tracing expertise.

Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries

The following entry within the iconic Mechwarrior collection, Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries, options loads of uncooked and scraped metallic for ray-traced lighting to forged reasonable reflections, making it an awesome instance of the expertise’s early implementation. The sport arrived on December 10, 2019, however didn’t allow ray tracing till Patch #04 launched in early April. Ray tracing is at present in beta, according to the patch notes.

Metro Exodus (and The Two Colonels DLC)

The Metro collection has all the time been on the forefront of recent graphical expertise and Exodus is no different. Launched in mid-February 2019, it delivered a number of the most expansive ray tracing assist of any recreation but. We weren’t precisely thrilled with the way it was applied, nevertheless, with some scenes turning from superbly, hand-lit places with conventional baked lighting, to darkish messes the place you couldn’t see something.

Enabling DLSS fixed some of the performance issues we ran into however in flip, made the sport blurry. An argument might be made that Metro Exodus appears to be like higher with out enabling DLSS and ray tracing.

Players can now additionally get pleasure from the brand new Two Colonels DLC, with the entire similar ray tracing results as the bottom recreation.


Everybody and their canine is aware of and has doubtless performed Minecraft. It’s been out there for greater than a decade and remains to be one of many world’s hottest video games.

However its lo-fi graphics now have the choice of a serious overhaul within the type of ray-traced lighting. The Minecraft RTX Beta is accessible now for Home windows 10. Merely set up the Xbox Insider Hub app in your PC and be a part of the Minecraft for Home windows 10 beta program.

Moonlight Blade

Moonlight Blade hit the MMORPG scene in 2015. Primarily based on the Northern Track Dynasty of historical China, it’s a fantasy martial arts free-to-play MMORPG impressed by fiction written by Gu Lengthy. The sport now contains ray-traced world illumination and ambient occlusion results. It’s an enormous hit in China however there’s at present no North American launch in sight after lacking its preliminary 2019 English debut.

Quake II RTX

The traditional shooter is again with an entire new look. RTX ray tracing turns the 22-year-old Quake II into a completely new recreation with attractive lighting results, deep and visually impactful shadows, and all of the traditional highs of the unique iconic FPS. Quake II RTX additionally provides new textures on high of modifications and enhancements made in Q2VKPT and Q2Pro iterations of the sport, creating the definitive Quake II expertise for contemporary instances.

Ring of Elysium

Now out there, Ring of Elysium is a free-to-play 60-player battle-royale-style recreation. Every session focuses on a catastrophe you will need to survive whereas additionally battling to retain one in every of 4 seats within the end-game’s rescue flight. Though the developer added real-time dynamic world illumination in March, ray-tracing assist solely debuted on October 22.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Showcased on stage throughout the unique Nvidia 20-series unveiling, Shadow of the Tomb Raider may need run into a couple of body price points on the present ground, however it proved an awesome instance of simply how fairly ray-traced lighting may be. Ray tracing didn’t seem within the recreation till the March 2019 patch.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

The Eighties meets the Wolfenstein franchise in dramatic trend with Wolfenstein: Youngblood. Excessive-speed shooter motion with model new lighting results! The brand new crop of Wolfenstein video games have all been fairly, however Youngblood takes issues to an entire new degree. Youngblood was one of many video games in Nvidia’s RTX showcase at E3 2019 however sadly, the sport launched with out ray tracing. As a substitute, the upgrade arrived in January.

Video games that may have ray tracing sooner or later

Atomic Coronary heart

Atomic Coronary heart is described as an “alt universe” shooter set on the top of the Soviet Union however with a fairly completely different interpretation of how the world may need turned out. Whereas its universe could appear unusual and onerous to pin down, its graphics expertise gained’t be. It’s stunning, and ray tracing will solely improve that.

At present, Atomic Coronary heart doesn’t have a set launch window. Nevertheless, whereas we wait, there’s a tech-demo you’ll be able to pattern if you wish to get a style. Download it from developer Mundfish here.


Developed by Chinese language indie crew Surgical Scalpels, Boundary is an upcoming zero-gravity tactical first-person shooter set in a “simulative, low-orbit atmosphere.” When you’ll have full freedom of motion in area, these actions aren’t restricted by gravity, resulting in attention-grabbing shoot-em-up gameplay. Gamers assume the function of Lucas, an Astroperator.

Because the video above demonstrates, ray tracing offers the area station a extra “strong” really feel whereas including correct reflections to the photo voltaic panels. The sport is slated for a 2020 launch.

Vibrant Reminiscence: Infinite

FYQD-Studio initially got down to ship Vibrant Reminiscence in an episodic format, however as an alternative gained sufficient funding to remaster Episode 1 and create a full recreation. Episode 1, launched from Early Entry in March, already included ray-traced reflections and DLSS, however is not going to obtain additional growth. Everybody who purchased Episode 1 will obtain a “100% off” low cost coupon in direction of Infinite.

Set in 2036, Vibrant Reminiscence: Infinite fuses first-person capturing with Satan Might Cry-like motion. The Science Analysis Group (SRO) sends out agent Shelia to cease a navy group from resurrecting the lifeless. Infinite is slated to reach someday throughout 2021.

Name of Obligation: Black Ops Chilly Struggle

The direct sequel to Black Ops, Chilly Struggle’s marketing campaign focuses on CIA officer Russel Adler throughout the standoff between the USA and the Soviet Union within the early Eighties. He leads a SAD/SOG crew in the hunt for a Soviet spy named Perseus.

Gamers assume the function of Bell and journey to numerous places throughout the globe, together with East Berlin, Moscow, Vietnam, Turkey, and extra. The multiplayer element will embrace a brand new model of Warzone and a 40-player Fireteam mode.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War arrives on November 13, 2020.


Created by indie developer Lengthy Drive, Convallaria is an open-world third-person on-line shooter arriving on the PC in 2020. The sport will assist 100+ gamers and embrace each PvP and PvE content material. According to Nvidia, it’s a “fast-paced battle royale recreation” full of colourful fantasy scenes and dungeons to discover, although gameplay movies depict team-based PvE motion.

Cyberpunk 2077

In addition to questioning simply what makes us human, Cyberpunk 2077 has the potential to be one of many best-looking video games ever made and ray-traced lighting will help it in that effort.

“Ray tracing permits us to realistically painting how gentle behaves in a crowded city atmosphere,” stated Adam Badowski, Head of Studio, CD Projekt Pink. “Due to this expertise, we are able to add one other layer of depth and verticality to the already spectacular megacity the sport takes place in.”

Cyberpunk 2077 is slated for launch on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on November 19, 2020.

Doom Everlasting

Doom Everlasting is the newest entry within the rebooted Doom franchise and contains many enhancements and enhancements over the 2016 installment together with a brand new hub-based marketing campaign (and Mario-style platforming). The sport is accessible now, however it at present doesn’t embrace ray-traced lighting.

Developer id Software program pledged to make its implementation a precedence, however as of October 2020, the improve nonetheless hasn’t appeared.

Dying Mild 2

The unique cooperative zombie slaying, parkour shooter, Dying Mild, was a monstrous success. The sequel is more likely to be the identical and can embrace many visible enhancements, one in every of which is real-time ray-traced shadows. Particulars about its implementation are fairly skinny, however we’ll be taught extra as we head in direction of the sport’s at present unknown launch date.


Enlisted is a World Struggle II squad shooter MMO that appears to recreate a number of the most expansive battles of the warfare. It’s possible you’ll not have time to absorb the entire fairly ray tracing results, nevertheless. The primary open playtest happened on April 1. 2020. The developer has but to announce a set launch date.

F.I.S.T.: Cast in Shadow Torch

Hop into this upcoming recreation from developer TiGames set in an unique diesel-punk metropolis impressed by Nineteen Twenties China. Gamers assume the function of a rabbit packing a large mechanical fist, amongst different cool weapons. It’s a Metroidvania recreation at coronary heart packing numerous side-scrolling motion, upgradeable abilities, and an interconnected world. It’s complemented by unbelievable graphics because of the Unreal Engine and ray tracing expertise. The sport is predicted to reach in April 2021.


Developed by AstroNaughty Video games, Grimmstar is an upcoming area fighter simulator with fleet administration and motion RPG components. Gamers can freely discover a string of photo voltaic programs, mine, salvage for assets, construct and command a fleet, and extra. One thing from past the galaxy approaches, threatening to extinguish mankind.

In accordance with the developer, the huge photo voltaic programs and their huge planets require RT cores to generate the lighting results, as pre-computing lightmaps resulted in 7GB of information and better. The RT cores render plausible shadows drawn in real-time. Subsequent-generation playing cards ought to do an excellent higher job.

The sport at present has a December 2020 launch date.

Challenge X

Project X

Nvidia briefly introduced this upcoming title throughout its GTC 2019 world tour in China. Slated for a mid-2021 launch, Challenge X will probably be an motion shooter set on a spherical open-world planet. In accordance with Nvidia, the sport will function interactive physics and anime-style rendering. Developer Mihoyo is understood for anime video games like Honkai Impression third, Genshin Impression, and extra.

Sword and Fairy 7

Developer Softstar Leisure and Nvidia launched the seventh installment of this fashionable collection throughout Computex 2019. The two stated that the sport will obtain “immersive ray-traced results,” however little has been stated since. It follows the sixth installment launched in 2015, Chinese Paladin: Sword and Fairy 6 (often known as The Legend of Sword and Fairy 6). Whereas the general story is unknown at this level, anticipate the normal JRPG gameplay and dialog.

Synced: Off Planet

An intriguing 50-player, third-person, aggressive shooter from Asian publishing powerhouse, Tencent, Synced: Off Planet will mix PvP and PvE gameplay in a superbly rendered world. Ray tracing will permit for detailed, real-time reflections and shadows, offering some attractive visible results, but additionally some aggressive benefit, letting gamers see round corners or behind themselves utilizing the reflections.

Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2

With a deliberate launch someday in 2021, Bloodlines 2 is a long-awaited sequel of the hit 2004 vampire motion title Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines. The brand new recreation will function high-speed chases, fast-paced melee fight, a number of intriguing characters who’ve their webs of deceit, and plots that may unravel because the story progresses. Early visuals of the sport are spectacular, with ray tracing offering an extra layer of realism to the gritty world of underground vampiric wars.

Watch Canines: Legion

The following recreation within the open-world, hacking-sim collection, Watch Canines: Legion brings many inventions to the franchise, however one of many extra notable visible enhancements is ray tracing. The detailed cityscape gamers inhabit advantages from ray-traced reflections, making puddles and polished surfaces look much more actual.

After additional delays, Legion is now anticipated to reach on October 29, 2020.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

Blizzard’s upcoming expansion for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, will assist ray tracing as discovered in the alpha. Primarily based on screenshots, the sport may have a brand new toggle on the Superior panel to allow or disable Ray Traced Shadows. The enlargement provides the realm of the lifeless, the Shadowlands, including 4 leveling zones — Ardenweald, Bastion, Maldraxxus, and Revendreth — and an endgame zone known as the Maw. The upcoming enlargement additionally reduces the extent cap to 60. All present characters above degree 60 will probably be lowered to degree 50.

Shadowlands will debut earlier than the top of 2020.

Xuan-Yuan Sword VII

Arriving in October 2020, this third-person action RPG places players within the function of protagonist Taishi Zhao, a “calm and dependable” swordsman. The story takes place over the past of the Western Han Dynasty and makes an attempt to recreate the tradition, environments, props, and extra from historical Chinese language historical past. Weapons embrace the Elysium Scroll, which may soak up monsters and create objects.

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