How to use RTX in Minecraft in 2022

How to use RTX in Minecraft in 2022
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How to use RTX in Minecraft in 2022

Minecraft is one of the biggest and best-selling games of all time. This notoriety means that companies are very eager to use it to advertise themselves and their products. One of the best examples of this is how Minecraft is one of the first titles to receive RTX support.

RTX is a revolutionary way of generating light that, until very recently, has been too computationally demanding for application in games. However, both Nvidia and AMD have released GPUs on the market for consumers that are powerful enough to support the feature.

Here’s a look at what RTX is and how players can use it in their Minecraft worlds, for the Java and Bedrock editions of the game.

A guide to using RTX for Minecraft

What is RTX?

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RTX is Nvidia’s proprietary ray tracing technology. Ray tracing is a rendering technique that traces the path that light travels through a scene, rendering it much more realistically. This is the best way to visually represent lighting in real time, although it also has a very high computational cost.

The two biggest visual enhancements that RTX offers are global illumination and better object reflection. Using traditional methods, dynamic light cannot bounce off objects and therefore cannot affect areas outside of its initial target. Instead, ray tracing can draw the path that light follows, making both lighting and reflections much more realistic than they otherwise would be.

The prerequisites for RTX

An RTX 2060 graphics card (Image via Nvidia)
An RTX 2060 graphics card (Image via Nvidia)

RTX, as mentioned above, is Nvidia’s proprietary ray tracing system. This means that RTX is only available to gamers who have Nvidia GPUs in their computers. Also, only certain GPUs will be able to handle ray tracing, due to the amount of computation required for it.

While many GTX cards now support RTX via driver updates, the performance hit makes ray tracing unusable with them. This means that gamers who want to use the feature will need an Nvidia RTX graphics card. The recommended lowest powered card to use for RTX is the RTX 2060, and all higher powered cards are also great options.

How to use RTX on

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The first thing gamers will want to do is make sure their graphics card drivers are up to date.

This is just to ensure they have the most optimal version of RTX available, which helps Minecraft run as smoothly as possible. Gamers can use the Nvidia website or the Geforce Experience app to detect, download, and install drivers for their graphics cards.

In addition, they must follow these steps:

  1. Bedrock players will simply need to launch the game and make sure they are signed in to their Microsoft account.
  2. Go to the market and search for “RTX”. Assuming they have an RTX card, their content packs should be available. Players need to download one of these and press the Create This World button.
  3. Once in the world, players need to pause, access settings, scroll down to video, and make sure ray tracing is enabled near the bottom of the list of video settings. They can also change the distance that the ray trace represents, if performance is an issue.

Java gamers who want to use ray tracing have a little more insight into a complicated process.

  1. They will need to install Optifine or Iris, which are the mods that enable shaders in Forge and Fabric, respectively. From here, they will need to find a shader that supports ray tracing and install it.
  2. From there, they will need to create a new world and make sure the shader is applied correctly in the settings menu.

By following the steps mentioned above, players can easily use ray tracing in Minecraft. While the computational cost is high and many devices won’t be able to support it at playable frame rates, it’s a great option for those who can use it.

For detailed guides, tutorials, tips, and more, check out minecraft-wiki

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