Minecraft will officially receive ray tracing support on PC

Minecraft will officially receive Nvidia’s real-time ray tracing technology.

PC gamers with an Nvidia RTX GPU will soon be able to experiment with this new feature without downloading any mods.

“We wanted to keep the authentic look of Minecraft and at the same time push the boundaries of ray tracing,” said Michael Wailbacher, Minecraft’s chief technology officer.

Saxs Persson, creative director of the franchise, said: “RTX gives the world of Minecraft a whole new feel. In normal Minecraft a block of gold is just yellow, but with ray tracing on you can see the specular lighting, you see the reflection, you can even see a mirrored mob. “

The news comes just after the Super Duper Graphics update was canceled, but as Polygon points out, Nvidia’s announcement is most likely a coincidence, and ray tracing support should not be seen as a replacement for said update.

The update for ray tracing is expected to arrive “next year,” and while there is no release date yet, it will be free for the Windows 10 version of the game.