Quake II RTX is now available on Steam and direct download

Nvidia's Quake II RTX will be available on Steam

Quake II RTX is now available on Steam

The time has now come, Quake II RTX is now available on Steam, allowing PC gamers to push the latest PC hardware to its limits, thanks to the powers of path tracing and an open sourced game from 1997. Those who prefer standalone executables can download Quake II RTX from Nvidia directly. 

Quake II RTX comes with access to the first three levels of Quake II, with owners of Quake II on Steam gaining access to the game’s multiplayer and the remainder of the game’s single player modes. This extra content can be added to Quake II RTX using the game’s installer.  

Below is a brief description of Nvidia’s Quake II RTX, which has been created by Nvidia’s Lightspeed Studios, who built upon the work of Christoph Schied and the team at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, who created Q2VKPT (Quake II Vulkan Path Tracing). Nvidia’s Quake II RTX requires Nvidia RTX hardware to run, with the company listing an RTX 2060 as the game’s minimum GPU requirement. 

Below are Quake II RTX’s PC system requirements. 


Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows 7 64-bit or Ubuntu 16.04.6 and newer
Processor: Intel i3-3220 or AMD Equivalent
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA RTX 2060 or higher
Storage: 2 GB available space
Additional Notes: Vulkan


     About Quake II RTX

Quake II RTX builds on the work of Christoph Schied and the team at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, who added ray tracing to Quake II to create Q2VKPT (in turn building upon the Q2PRO code base). NVIDIA has introduced new path-traced visual effects, has improved texturing, and has made dozens of other changes and improvements, resulting in an experience that rivals games created today, and pushes your RTX hardware to the limit.

     Buy Quake II

Purchase the game to access all levels as well as multiplayer support. 

Below are Nvidia’s settings recommendations for Quake II RTX, which are designed with a 1080p 60FPS framerate in mind. 

Q: What are the recommended specs and settings?

A: These are recommended specs to achieve 60 fps smooth gameplay at 1080P:
RTX 2060, all settings “on”, Caustics “off”, Global Illumination “low”
RTX 2070, all settings “on”, Global Illumination “medium”
RTX 2080, all settings “on”, Global Illumination “high”
RTX 2080Ti, all settings “on” Global Illumination “high”

Nvidia’s Quake II RTX is available to download on Steam and directly from Nvidia.

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