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Minecraft with ray tracing beta starts this week, features DLSS 2.0

Published: 15:33, 14 April 2020
A Minecraft creation rendered in RTX
Minecraft with RTX, Crystal Palace RTX by Gemini Tray

Minecraft's long-awaited RTX update is set to go live this week in a beta test. You will be able to play it on 16 April 2020. The beta will also feature Nvidia's latest version of DLSS.

The wait is almost over, Minecraft with ray tracing is set to enter a beta phase this week, on Thursday, 16 April 2020. Minecraft RTX update brings fully path-traced rendering and physically-based materials to the mega-popular sandbox title.

On top of this, Nvidia just announced that the beta test will also feature DLSS 2.0, the latest version of their Deep Learning Super-Sampling technology. Of course, both RTX and DLSS 2.0 are exclusive to Nvidia's RTX cards. 

Nvidia also say that the beta launches with six RTX Creator Worlds, downloadable for free from the in-game Marketplace. These creations demonstrate the full capabilities of Minecraft with the new technology, Nvidia claim. You can check out these worlds in the trailer above and for a closer look, visit the official blog.

Those who don't have the most powerful graphics cards from Nvidia's RTX lineup will be happy to hear that DLSS 2.0 will double your framerate when activated. Now, keep in mind that  these are the official slides from Nvidia, where they usually present the best-case scenario.

Microsoft Minecraft with ray tracing
Minecraft with ray tracing

For more screenshots, videos and comparisons of Minecraft with and without RTX, check out the announcement post here.

Minecraft is available now on all major platforms and mobile.

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Minecraft with ray tracing

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