Is your computer eligible to play Minecraft with ray tracing?

Players can now play Minecraft that supports Ray Tracing on their Windows 10 computers officially – as this feature is the largest visual upgrade the game has received so far – which adds impressive improvements to visual fidelity and production of effects The lighting is incredibly realistic in the game, but nevertheless your computer must meet some necessary requirements in order to enjoy the game.

What is the ray tracing feature?

It is a display technology that improves optical resolution and produces incredibly realistic lighting effects in video games. Essentially, the algorithm can trace the path of light, and then simulate the way the light interacts with the virtual objects that it eventually collides with in the world that is Computer generated.

Here is a list of complete requirements to play Minecraft that supports ray tracing on a Windows 10 computer:

  • Minecraft updates your PC game to version 1.16.200 or later.
  • Windows 10 computer must work with a graphics card that supports ray tracing, such as: the RTX 20 or 30 series graphics card or later versions from Nvidia, or the Radeon RX 6000 series or later versions from AMD.
  • Install the latest drivers for either Nvidia or AMD.
  • Windows 10 computer must be running an Intel Core i5 processor or higher, in addition to a RAM of at least 8 GB.

You will also need to download one of the maps or special package called PBR available for ray tracing from the Minecraft Marketplace, or use Nvidia’s guide to create and upload your own, or convert the maps you created earlier.

You can also find out the content of the Minecraft game that supports ray tracing in the market, by marking it with a blue and white star icon in the lower right corner, as is evident in the following picture:


These maps and packages that you download work on public servers and game worlds (Minecraft), and players who play the game on gaming platforms, mobile devices, or old computers can join, but other players who do not have access to the feature will see this worlds in its standard form within the game.

How to play Minecraft that supports ray tracing?

Launch the game in your device, then download one of the maps that you downloaded or create, and the ray tracing feature will be turned on by default, but you can switch the effects on or off at any time, through the following steps:

  • Go to (Settings).
  • Click on the “Video” option.
  • Toggle the button next to the Ray Tracing option to Off.

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