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See how Battlefield 5, Shadow of the Tomb Raider will use Nvidia’s new RTX GPUs

Real-time ray tracing is coming to the new Battlefield and Tomb Raider games on PC

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Two of this year’s big games, Electronic Arts’ Battlefield 5 and Square Enix’s Shadow of the Tomb Raider, will feature support for Nvidia’s new RTX line of GPUs and will include real-time ray tracing technology on Windows PC.

In the case of Battlefield 5, that means more accurate real-time reflections on surfaces like the hood of a car, a river or a human eye. In a brief real-time ray tracing showcase video, developer DICE illustrates how Nvidia’s RTX 20-series graphics cards will make fire and explosions more realistic than ever, as they cast their light on water, metal and other surfaces.

“It’s always been important to us as a studio to stay one step ahead as we look to increase the graphical fidelity in games,” said Christian Holmquist, technical director at DICE, in an official statement. “With this new Nvidia RTX platform, more detail than ever before can now be seen on the battlefield, from recognizing the flash of a muzzle being reflected off a car to spotting the detailed reflection of a devastated facade in a splash of water on the ground. Things in the environment will feel more lifelike and real and all-out war will never look the same.”

For Shadow of the Tomb Raider, developers Eidos Montreal and Crystal Dynamics are using Nvidia’s real-time ray tracing technology to (fittingly) render realistic shadows. The above tech demo shows off advanced visual enhancements like high-quality antialiasing, contact-hardening shadows for realistic shadow falloff, high dynamic range lighting and simple silhouettes for complex surfaces.

Nvidia mentioned a handful of other games that will support its real-time ray tracing graphics technology, including Remedy Entertainment’s Control, 4A Games’ Metro Exodus, Mundfish’s Atomic Heart and Piranha Games’ MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries.

Here’s a new look at Metro Exodus, which also got some love at Nvidia’s event today. 4A Games’ new trailer is less of a lingering graphics tech demo and more of an action-packed, tension-filled look at next year’s game. The studio released an RTX tech demo for Metro Exodus back in March, when Nvidia announced RTX and real-time ray tracing.

RTX GPUs are expected to start shipping in mid-September and start at $499.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be released on Sept. 14. Battlefield 5 will be released on Oct. 11.

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