Post by KostaAndreadis @ 03:44pm 07/06/19 | 0 Comments
NVIDIA's re-imagining of classic id Software shooter Quake II is now available to download for free via Steam or NVIDIA's own site. Quake II RTX is a fully path-traced modification to the original that brings raytracing to all lighting effects - from shadows to reflections and global illumination. Where in the process it transforms the 1997 original into a cutting edge tech monster.
The results are often stunning too.
Although playable on supported Pascal GPUs, NVIDIA notes the RTX hardware requirements and game settings to maintain a steady 60fps at 1080p.
RTX 2060, all settings “on”, Caustics “off”, Global Illumination “low”
RTX 2070, all settings “on”, Global Illumination “medium”
RTX 2080, all settings “on”, Global Illumination “high”
RTX 2080Ti, all settings “on” Global Illumination “high”
With raytracing used for all lighting no doubt this is one of the most visually advanced games currently playable on PC - with the above requirements showcasing just how taxing these effects can be on hardware. And yeah, we're talking about Quake II from 1997. The effect carries across to all aspects of the game too, from the single-player campaign to multiplayer deathmatch and co-op modes.
If you don't own a copy of Quake II (which is currently $7.49 AUD on Steam), Quake II RTX still offers the first three campaign levels fully playable in a raytraced Shareware form. NVIDIA and Bethesda have made installation a breeze too with a dedicated installer that lets you choose between a full install (for those with the base game already installed) and the demo. For easy step-by-step installation details, head here.
Stay tuned to AusGamers as we'll be putting up videos of our NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti powered play-through in the coming days. We're damn excited to be jumping back in to this classic to gib-ray some Enforcers.