NVIDIA remastering classic PC games with ray tracing

Quake II RTX in game picture

According to a recently posted job listing, NVIDIA is remastering classic PC games with ray tracing.

The job listing states, “NVIDIA is kicking off an exciting new game remastering program. We’re cherry-picking some of the greatest titles from the past decades and bringing them into the ray tracing age, giving them state-of-the-art visuals while keeping the gameplay that made them great.”

The job listing doesn’t mention exactly which games will be remastered. I’m hoping for classic Valve titles such as the Half-Life and Portal series.

side picture of the GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card

NVIDIA first released its GeForce 20 series of graphics cards back in September of 2018. Support for real-time raytracing was only included on the GeForce RTX 2070, 2080, and 2080Ti. NVIDIA later released the GeForce RTX 2060 and RTX Titan RTX also with real-time ray tracing support. Earlier this year, NVIDIA enabled ray tracing support on its GeForce 10 series of cards. The 10 series doesn’t have dedicated RTX cores. This means older graphics cards will not be able to perform nearly as well as the RTX cards.

side picture of Battlefield V with ray tracing enabled

Ray tracing still isn’t widely supported by game developers yet. Only a handful of games support ray tracing at the moment. Games such as Battlefield V, Control, the recently remastered Quake II RTX, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Ray tracing is slowly being implemented into upcoming games. Titles like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Cyberpunk 2077, and Doom Eternal.

NVIDIA remastering titles along with the next-generation consoles also supporting ray tracing, the adoption rate for ray tracing will increase. PC gamers will finally be to fully utilize their new RTX graphics cards.

Christian McBride
Christian is an avid tech junkie and anime fanatic. He's good at almost every game he plays, including osu! and Rocket League. In the latter, he's right underneath pro level but doesn't like to admit it.

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