Minecraft will be able to transition ray tracing with RTX support on Windows 10 later in 2020, allowing you to experience the world with real-time lighting tech that essentially acts as an enhanced official shader pack. But Xbox Series and PS5 fans have been waiting and waiting and waiting, as the RTX option is mocked with a grayed-out checkbox. But it will finally arrive in a few years.
Xbox Insider Idle Sloth shared his findings with @xKingDarkYT and @pluginer_tr. In yesterday’s preview build, both found hidden graphics options in files related to ray tracing. There’s a simple ‘rayTraced=Ray Traced’ and ‘rayTraed=Ray Traded Graphic Options’, leading to speculation that console support will be revealed at the Xbox Showcase on June 11th.
As for how the options look in-game, they’re under the ‘Graphics Mode’ setting, after ‘Simple’, ‘Fancy’, and ‘Deferred Technical Preview’. But since we haven’t seen it in action on the console, it’s unclear how the Xbox Series X will perform with Minecraft’s ray tracing.
It’s worth noting that on PC it’s not as simple as checking the ray tracing box. You will need to download a compatible resource pack. There are official products from Nvidia, but there are also fan-made products on the website dedicated to several resource packs. ‘Website’ is the key word. These packs are third-party products and must be obtained by going outside of Minecraft instead of using the built-in store. Only accepts RTX levels.
If Minecraft gets RTX on Xbox Series X, you’ll most likely see a pack added to the storefront or a built-in option for the toggle to work. If it comes to the store, we’ll have to wait and see if they’re free or paid. There are many unknown factors that can only be guessed at, but with Direct only a few weeks away, we probably won’t have to wait too long to find out.
You can also catch a dedicated Starfield Direct on the same day as the Xbox Showcase, and those in the US can somehow sign up to watch it on the silver screen. There’s nothing like a trip to the theater to see the giant Todd Howard talk about gaming, right?
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