Quake II RTX Patch 1.3.0 Is Live, Photo Mode And Other Improvements

Quake II RTX has received Patch 1.3.0. You can now download this patch on PC (Steam). You will find that Quake II RTX Patch 1.3.0 is quite a big update, as it is a major update with loads of improvements and bug fixes. Something that stands out is the newly added photo mode and support for video cutscenes.

Quake II RTX is a remastering of the classic Quake II that makes use of ray-tracing, a rendering technique that provides the game with a much more realistic lighting, thanks to the way in which the different rays of light impact with the 3D objects in the environment. Below you will find the complete list of Quake II RTX Patch 1.3.0 patch notes.

New Features:

  • Added Photo Mode
  • Added free camera controls for Photo Mode when the game is paused. See the Readme for more information.
  • Added support for Depth of Field in Photo Mode
  • Added support for campaign video cutscenes.
  • Added support for selecting which display should be used for the fullscreen mode.
  • Added support for loading map-specific files with sky clusters, which should be useful for custom maps.
  • Added display of the selected inventory item name in the status bar.

Photo Mode Instructions:

When a single player game or demo playback is paused with the pause key, the photo mode activates. In this mode, denoisers and some other real-time rendering approximations are disabled, and the image is produced using accumulation rendering instead. This means that the engine renders the same frame hundreds or thousands of times, with different noise patterns, and averages the results. Once the image is stable enough, you can save a screenshot.

Depth of Field (DoF):

Simulates camera aperture and defocus blur, or bokeh. To control DoF in the game, use the mouse wheel and Shift/Ctrl modifier keys: wheel alone adjusts the focal distance, Shift+Wheel adjusts the aperture size, and Ctrl makes the adjustments finer.

Free Camera Controls:

Once the game is paused, you can move the camera and detach it from the character. To move the camera, use the regular W/A/S/D keys, plus Q/E to move up and down. Shift makes movement faster, and Ctrl makes it slower. To change orientation of the camera, move the mouse while holding the left mouse button. To zoom, move the mouse up or down while holding the right mouse button. To adjust camera roll, move the mouse left or right while holding both mouse buttons.

Settings for all these features can be found in the game menu. To adjust the settings from the console, see the pt_accumulation_rendering, pt_dof, pt_aperture, pt_freecam and some other similar console variables in the Client Manual.

Fixed Issues:

  • Fixed a crash that happened at map load time when a custom map has no analytic lights.
  • Reduced the noise in the biggun map next to the barred windows.
  • Reduced the noise from yellow lamps next to the entrance of the jail4 map at night.

Misc Improvements:

  • Improved the menu settings to show units for various sliders, such as degrees or percentage.
  • Made the volume controls logarithmic instead of linear.

I remind you that NVIDIA and Lightspeed Studios’ Quake II RTX released on June 6, 2019 for PC.

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