Minecraft, the best-selling game yet, has just gotten more realistic with support for real-time ray tracing on Windows 10 PCs. This free update provides gamers with stunning visualizations of their self-created worlds, including direct lighting from the sun / sky / etc., emissive surfaces such (glowstone and lava), realistic hard / soft shadows, and even per-pixel emissive lighting. Read more for two videos and additional information.
You also get indirect diffuse illumination (diffuse global illumination); indirect specular illumination (reflections); transparent materials with reflection, refraction and scattering (stained glass, water, ice); and atmospheric scattering and density (volumetric fog, light shafts, realistic sky).
“Ray tracing sits at the center of what we think is next for Minecraft. GeForce RTX gives the Minecraft world a brand-new feel to it. In normal Minecraft, a block of gold just appears yellow, but with ray tracing turned on, you really get to see the specular highlight, you get to see the reflection, you can even see a mob reflected in it,” said Saxs Persson, franchise creative director of Minecraft at Microsoft.