Gamers excited by the release of the new RTX games cards
The newest graphics cards released by Nvidia this month have been called “a revolution in gaming realism and performance”.
But, as with any cutting-edge technological revolution it comes with a price, according to some experienced gamers.
The new 20 series Nvidia cards come with built-in support for real-time ray tracing, a rendering and lighting technique for photorealistic graphics. The technology has hitherto only been used by the film industry for visual effects because it is extremely computationally intensive but clearly Nvidia is expecting Game Developers to introduce photo realistic graphics into this year’s new games.
This point is picked up in an extensive review by pcgamesn.com, which questions whether it is in fact such a new innovation that they might wait a while before introducing it into their games. In development terms it is likely to be a costly exercise for them, particularly when their target market is consoles rather than PCs.
The second issue is that the cards are not cheap. The various versions in the series range from $500 to as much as $1200, and that, suggests pcgamesn, may be a lot to shell out before the Game Developers have really adopted the new technology into their new releases.
So far, on the games they have tested using the new cards, performance has been mixed.
It will possibly be a while before gamers see all the promised improvements in their gaming experience.
Latest gaming news for the nostalgic gamer
Sony has announced the release of its Playstation Classic as a mini-console in time for Christmas. So for those now grown-up gamers turned parents who want to pass on the experiences of their “mis-spent” youth to the next generation this is your chance.