Ray-traced diffused illumination, on the other hand, is exactly what it sounds like. Instead of every in-game light source simply acting as a spotlight, they will have a bright center with progressively dimmer edges.
Of course, with the Cyberpunk 2077’s release being so far away the game’s list of supported RTX features could potentially expand. A Nvidia spokesperson noted, “we’re still very early in the development process, so things will continue to improve and change over time. Stay tuned for more details on ray tracing in Cyberpunk 2077 at a later date.”
By the time the game releases we’re also practically assured to see a whole new 21 or 30 series of GeForce RTX graphics cards from Nvidia.
Control Gets RTX Powers Too
Cyberpunk 2077 isn’t the only game to get a fresh injection of RTX goodness, Control was another game Nvidia highlighted as an upcoming ray tracing experience.
The game will feature ray-traced diffused global illumination just like Metro Exodus, which means beam of lights will be able to reflect, refract or diffuse after hitting a surface—just like they would in real life. Meanwhile, contact shadows powered by ray tracing will produce more natural shadows similar to the implementation used in Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
One new type of RTX effects Control adds is transparent reflections, which will allow glass surfaces like windows and monitors to be transparent and able to reflect part of the environment back at the player.
During the first few days of the E3 2019 conference, developers highlighted that Bloodlines 2, Wolfenstein: The Young Blood, and Watch Dogs Legion would join the growing list of RTX supported games. Nvidia has yet to announce exactly what type of ray tracing effect we should expect from these games, and so far the company has only told us that details will come closer to launch.
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Kevin Lee is IGN’s Hardware and Roundups Editor. Follow him on Twitter @baggingspam