Ray tracing is still a growing lighting technology and support for it has been somewhat scant since Nvidia revealed it to the world. However, the tech is getting some pretty huge showcases in the form of Cyberpunk 2077 and Watch Dogs Legion getting support directly from Nvidia. In the case of Legion, we don’t have any footage of how it will look, but Nvidia pledged their official support.
As for Cyberpunk 2077, however, we got a couple of screenshots to gawk at.
As you can see, just stunning. Cyberpunk 2077 is the perfect showcase for this technology with its bright neon lights and sprawling megacity, but rest assured that the hardware needed to make those screenshots will make any accountant cry in anguish. Watch Dogs Legion similarly is a huge open world in sunny London which means it might even be more intense.
With next-gen consoles having ray tracing as a feature on their lists, we have to pay close attention to this technology going forward. We’re still in early stages, but even then we managed to make it work in a CD Projekt Red open-world game which is impressive in itself.