After the introduction of Ray Tracing with Nvidia’s latest generation of graphics cards on titles like Battlefield 5 and Metro Exodus, the video game industry is changing for the better. According to Nvidia’s CEO, almost all major game developers are implementing it to their new projects and it’s a feature that you cannot go back from. Ray Tracing will make sure next-gen console gamers (PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett) don’t miss out on what the industry has to offer too.
During Nvidia’s latest earnings call, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang talked about the importance of RTX Ray Tracing in gaming is slowly becoming the new standard. According to him, most major studios are investing in it and this doesn’t only apply to PC. Both Playstation 5 and Xbox Scarlett will include console ray tracing, pushing hardware to the maximum. He said:
Overall, for PC gaming, RTX is doing fantastic. Let me tell you why it’s so important. I would say that at this point, I think it’s fairly clear that ray tracing is the future and that RTX is a home run. Just about every major game developer has signed on to ray tracing. Even the next-generation consoles had to stutter step and include ray tracing in their next-generation consoles. The effects, the photorealistic look is just so compelling, it’s not possible to really go back anymore. And so I think that it’s fairly clear now that RTX ray tracing is the future. And there are several hundred million PC gamers in the world that don’t have the benefits of it, and I’m looking forward to upgrading them.
Right now, RTX on PC is more of a luxury than a necessity. As soon as next-gen consoles release including ray tracing, PC gamers too will understand its significance. High-end graphics are the “apple of PC gamers’ eyes” and as soon as Playstation 5 and Xbox Scarlett release, ray tracing will become a standard in gaming.
Given Huang’s statement, we would expect the prices in RTX GPU’s to drop too in order to follow the trends. If Nvidia expects to bring ray tracing to all PC gamers, then they should consider a budget graphics card to appeal to the low-end market too.
It will be interesting to see whether or not console ray tracing will reach the levels of PC gaming when Playstation 5 and Xbox Scarlett release. For the time being, the only way to experience the functionality is with select Nvidia GPUs and is available with a variety of different video game titles.