Nvidia RTX adoptions explodes – Now 500 Games and Apps have joined the revolution
Nvidia’s RTX revolution has reached a new milestone with over 500 supported games and applications
In 2018, Nvidia changed the gaming landscape with their first GeForce RTX graphics cards. With the move from GTX to RTX, Nvidia revolutionised the world of gaming by introducing ray tracing and AI acceleration to the masses. Never before had dedicated hardware been added to graphics cards for these applications. Today, we can’t imagine a new GPU without them.
Ray Tracing and AI are what Nvidia labels at RTX technologies. Today, over 500 games and apps feature RTX in some form. These forms can include, ray tracing, DLSS, or some other form of AI enhancement. For gamers, Nvidia’s most popular RTX technology has been DLSS, with ray tracing acceleration being a close second.
With RTX, Nvidia has showcased the benefits of their new technologies in several highlight gaming experiences. The most impressive of these is Cyberpunk 2077. The game features a fully path traced renderer. This mode showcases the visuals that are possible with ray tracing. In this mode, Nvidia has also showed the power of DLSS with up to 5x framerate improvements. These improvements come through DLSS Super Resolution (DLSS Upscaling), DLSS Frame Generation, and DLSS Ray Reconstruction.
DLSS and Ray Tracing Evolved
Since 2018, Nvidia’s RTX technologies have gone through an evolution. The image quality downside of Nvidia’s original incarnation of DLSS were mitigated with DLSS 2. Later DLSS 3 and 3.5 have since added DLSS Frame Generation and DLSS Ray Reconstruction to the mix. DLSS Frame Generation uses AI to create new AI frames to smooth the motion of games. Ray Reconstruction replaces traditional denoisers with a new AI technology that is designed to increase the quality of ray traced effects.
While DLSS Frame Generation requires new RTX 40 series GPUs to function, DLSS Super Resolution and Ray Reconstruction don’t. Over time, Nvidia has found new ways to utilise their AI hardware, and ways to advance it further.
The Future of Nvidia RTX
We often hear rumours about what Sony and Microsoft’s plans for their next PlayStation and Xbox consoles are. All of these plans feature higher levels of ray tracing performance and the exploitation of AI technologies. We can thank Nvidia for this, as they have showcased the benefits of what they call “RTX”. AI and ray tracing are moving on from being niche features to become must-have features for next-generation gaming experiences. The RTX revolution is here, and there is no going back now.
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