Fortnite, the cultural phenomenon from Epic Games, is getting raytracing and DLSS support. The announcement comes directly from NVIDIA during their GeForce special event, where the new RTX 3000 series of graphics cards were announced to the world.
“Epic Games is turning Fortnite, which is already a pop culture sensation, into a showcase for how competitive gaming will improve with technology. Fortnite players are about to experience the stunning visuals of next-level ray tracing, AI-accelerated frame rates powered by NVIDIA DLSS, and our new low-latency esports technology suite, NVIDIA Reflex.” – said Matt Wuebbling, Vice President of Global GeForce Marketing at NVIDIA.
Fortnite Raytracing Features
Fortnite will include 4 raytraced features, the details of which you can find here.
- Ray-traced Reflections – Recreates the way light reflects on glossy and metal surfaces, including smooth natural mirrors like window glass and rougher surfaces like brushed metal.
- Ray-traced Shadows – Accurately models shadowing on many surfaces while enhancing surface and contact detail, and fixes problems associated with traditional shadow techniques.
- Ray-traced Global Illumination – Calculates world lighting with massively increased precision, illuminating Fortnite’s environments, players and characters with unprecedented detail, fidelity and clarity.
- Ray-traced Ambient Occlusion – Where objects or surfaces meet, light is occluded, creating subtle shadows that can highlight the slightest of surface details.
DLSS and NVIDIA Reflex Comes to Fortnite
Along with raytracing, Fornite is also getting DLSS as well as the newly unveiled NVIDIA Reflex support. We’ve gone over the merits of DLSS 2.0 before, but NVIDIA Reflex is an exciting new addition to RTX 30 series’ feature set. NVIDIA claims that with Reflex, latency can be reduced by up to 42% in GPU bound scenarios.
“NVIDIA Reflex technology arms developers with new features to minimize latency in their games. We’re seeing excellent responsiveness and player control with Fortnite running on the GeForce RTX 30 Series,” said Nick Penwarden, vice president of Engineering at Epic Games.
Fortnite’s New Map RTX Treasure Run Spotlights Ray Tracing
NVIDIA and Epic collaborated with top Fortnite creators on the new RTX Treasure Run map, which highlights the new technologies Fortnite is adding. The map drops players at the entrance to a museum where they are challenged to a scavenger hunt that highlights different ray-traced effects.
Along the way, players can explore a hall of mirrors, medieval castle and jungle, climb a giant statue and explore a shrunken science lab to uncover the most treasures in the least amount of time. RTX Treasure Run is coming soon.
The new features are coming soon to Fortnite Chapter 2 – Season 4 for PC players and make Fortnite a flagship title for next-generation gaming technologies.