Fortnite debuts improved ray-tracing graphics on Sept. 17 – Polygon

Fortnite‘s getting a graphics upgrade soon, a minimum of for some gamers. On Sept. 17, Nvidia will introduce an entire suite of new visual upgrades mainly focused around real-time ray tracing.

Real-time ray tracing is one of the signature functions of Nvidia’s RTX lineup of cards, in addition to AMD’s approaching graphics cards. The new functions consist of ray-traced reflections with glossy glass surface areas that will show what’s behind you in real-time, ray-traced shadows for more realistic darkness and detailed shadows, and a host of other lighting upgrades.

In order to use all of Fortnite‘s brand-new Nvidia updates, gamers will need to have a graphics card suitable with real-time ray tracing. This consists of Nvidia’s RTX line, from the Geforce 2060 all the way up to the Geforce 2080 Ti, and continues through the just recently revealed Geforce 3070, 3080, and 3090. A few of Nvidia’s older GTX cards are capable of software application ray-tracing too, however Nvidia suggests sticking to RTX cards. AMD will likewise have its own line of new graphics cards capable of real-time ray tracing coming out sometime in the future.

Nvidia has even produced a customized Fortnite map called the RTX Treasure Run. This map is designed with the assistance of members of the Fortnite Creative community to let players hunt for treasure in an environment created to showcase some of the real-time ray tracing features.

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