Minecraft with RTX will launch in public beta on the Xbox Insider Program (yes, that is on PC) this coming Thursday, April 16 2020. The free ray tracing update is set to completely overhaul the game with a path tracer—an all-encompassing rendering system for realistic shadows, reflections, global illumination, and more—and you can experience all that for yourself in just a few days.

You will need an RTX graphics card to hand in order to run the beta, as few other DXR-compatible cards (technically, the Pascal 10-series and Turing 16-series) will get the job done without making you feel dizzy and throw up on your keyboard. Minecraft with RTX will also launch as a DLSS 2.0 compatible title, and the RTX 20-series’ Tensor Cores are required to keep Nvidia’s neural net running and frames times ticking over.

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The beta will only feature limited multiplayer functionality from the initial launch, exclusively between beta users. Microsoft has informed us that full multiplayer compatibility, across Minecraft with RTX and other Minecraft players, will be included later this year alongside the complete update.

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