Ray tracing isn’t something that’s being talked about much by gamers themselves since it’s still a new technology but developers are rushing towards a ray tracing future. The new Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti graphics cards (link to other article) feature ray tracing and AMD has updated their Adrenaline Drivers to support the feature too. PC ray tracing is more accessible however, gamers will most likely need a hardware upgrade to access the new technology.
What is Ray Tracing?
In short, this is a technique now available to developers to make light behave much more realistically by simulating real light rays. This allows virtual light rays to ‘bounce’ off objects, create realistic reflections and also cast shadows near identical to real ones. It’s not really a new thing but ray tracing requires a lot of power and the new generation of graphics cards should be able to cope with it.
This is still a bit limited and becomes a bit more restrictive when considering PC ray tracing but various games now support this. The upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 will also support ray tracing which is something players should definitely enable if their computer can cope. The new Nvidia graphics cards have the capability to provide PC ray tracing for those using desktop computers. Sony and Microsoft have also followed suit with the new PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles but the PS4 and Xbox One consoles don’t allow this. PC gamers have the advantage here when it comes to ray tracing but gamers will need to upgrade their hardware to enable PC ray tracing.