Great news for Minecraft fanatics! NVIDIA recently announced that Microsoft Studios want them to work on enhancing the look and feel of Minecraft. The current version of this game is amazing and has great reviews all over the internet. But, the gameplay is a bit dated and visuals appear blocky.
Hardcore Minecraft might argue that the blockiness is what makes this game vintage quality. Minecraft’s blocky world is what makes the past come alive. It reminds gamers of the time-classic vintage games like Centipede, Super Mario Bros, etc.
But the team at Microsoft Studios has other ideas. They want NVIDIA to integrate the up-and-coming Ray Tracing technology in the current version of Minecraft.
What is real-time Ray Tracing? And how will it make Minecraft look real and life-like?
“Ray tracing sits at the center of what we think is next for Minecraft” Saxs Persson, Franchise Creative Director of Minecraft at Microsoft
Since its launch, 176 million versions of Minecraft have been sold. It is quite popular among the gaming community. This makes the job easier for the developers at NVIDIA, as expectations after this upgrade will be much lower than it is for other action games
Implementing Ray Tracing technology won’t change the original essence of the game but will make the objects look more real. For instance, the gold boxes, tree trunks, buildings, etc in the game will have an authentic feel and texture to them(which is missing in the current version of Minecraft).
If you look at any recently released animated movie, you will see minute differences in them compared to the older movies of the same kind. Ray tracing is been there for ages. It is only in recent years that moviemakers and game developers can use it in the right way. So, to answer your question, yes, adding Ray Tracing to Minecraft will make it look more real, but not anywhere near how real objects look.
Will the new version modifiable? Can I make enhancements to the Ray Traced version of Minecraft?
Yes. The new Ray Traced version will be modifiable. You will be able to make endless enhancements to the original version. You will be able to notice things that were previously impossible to distinguish.
For instance, gold boxes are just a yellow colored square in the current version. But in the new version, you will be able to see the shadows, the texture and feel the realness when light coming from a broken window falls onto it.
More recent updates on Ray Tracing being implemented on Minecraft.
The team at NVIDIA released a few images to showcase the potential of Ray Tracing in the world of gaming. From the images, the effects of Ray Tracing can be seen. The walls appear shiny, objects reflect light and form a shadow, there are multi-colored visuals all around the blocks. This is just going to enhance the gaming experience for a Minecraft fanatic.