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How to use Ray Tracing in Minecraft: Step by Step Guide

Ray Tracing has finally been added natively to Minecraft! While shader packs were the old method of simulating lighting in Minecraft, NVIDIA has worked together with Mojang to bring an official Ray Tracing mode to the game. Ray Tracing specifically refers to the technique used to simulate lighting, bouncing lights off of materials onto each other. In essence, Ray Tracing brings a highly realistic simulation of lighting to any video game that can run it. This includes games with cartoony art styles such as Minecraft.


But because of the cost of rendering such techniques, many assumed Minecraft would never get an official Ray Tracing mode. Now that it has been added, players can experience the world of Minecraft with lighting and textures never seen before. Thanks to NVIDIA’s hard work, the game runs quite performatively in this mode as well. With global illumination and physically based rendering technology, Minecraft has never looked better. Here is how one can activate the Ray Tracing in Minecraft.


System Requirements for Minecraft Ray Tracing


To activate Ray Tracing in Minecraft, you will need the following:


  1. Minecraft Bedrock Edition
  2. RTX 2060 GPU or higher
  3. Windows 10
  4. 8gb of RAM
  5. Core i5 CPU or higher


How to activate Ray Tracing in Minecraft?


In a Nutshell:


Download and install Minecraft Bedrock Edition for Windows 10. In the Video options, enable Ray Tracing.


You cannot enable Ray Tracing if you do not meet the minimum system requirements.


Step-by-Step Guide (with Pictures):


Step 1- Download and Install Minecraft for Windows 10 (Minecraft Bedrock Edition)



This is separate from Minecraft Java Edition


Step 2- Open Minecraft for Windows 10



Step 3- Sign in to your Microsoft Account



You may need to link this to your Mojang account to play.


Step 4- Access the settings page.



Step 5- Access the video settings.



Step 6- Scroll down to the Ray Tracing settings.



Step 7- Enable Ray Tracing.



Keep reading to get a preview of what Ray Tracing looks like.


Ray Tracing in Minecraft


With Ray Tracing enabled, you may not recognize your worlds as they once were. Ray Tracing totally changes the look and feel of the art style of Minecraft. Lights have rays, water has reflections, and light bounces across most materials. Compared to the rather drab look that Minecraft is famous for, this change is immense. Take a look at the new lens that you will be viewing Minecraft through after enabling Ray Tracing!



Lighting and aliasing are much improved.


Explainer Video


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FAQs


Q. Is there any workaround for lower-powered GPUs?


At this time, the only way to activate RTX is by using an RTX series graphics card.


Conclusion


Congratulations! If you have an RTX card, it is sure that you have been looking for a way to utilize it in Minecraft. While Minecraft is not the prettiest game with the most eye candy, Ray Tracing can elevate the graphics performance of this game to the next level and bring it up to par with the lighting in games like the Battlefield series. Take advantage of your RTX card now.


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