A version of the classic 1997 shooter, Quake II, which supports full ray tracing is being released for free this week as Quake II RTX. In preparation for the launch, Nvidia has detailed the system requirements for the game which are as follows below:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel i3-3220 or AMD Equivalent
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA RTX 2060 or higher
  • Storage: 2 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Vulkan
Quake II RTX

Quake II RTX will only include the first three levels of the original game, however, people who already own the original, and have the necessary hardware, will be able to play through the full game with full ray tracing enabled. The list of improvements for the title is detailed below:

  • Improved Global Illumination rendering, with three selectable quality presets, including two-bounce GI
  • Multiplayer support
  • Time of day options that radically change the appearance of some levels
  • New weapon models & textures
  • New dynamic environments (Stroggos surface, and space)
  • Better physically based atmospheric scattering, including settings for Stroggos sky
  • Real-time reflectivity of the player and weapon model on water and glass surfaces, and player model shadows, for owners of the complete game (the original Shareware release does not include player models)
  • Improved ray tracing denoising technology
  • All 3,000+ original game textures have been updated with a mix of Q2XP mod-pack textures and our own enhancements
  • Updated effects with new sprites and particle animations
  • Dynamic lighting for items such as blinking lights, signs, switches, elevators and moving objects
  • Caustics approximation to improve water lighting effects
  • High-quality screenshot mode that makes your screenshots look even better
  • Support for the old OpenGL renderer, enabling you to switch between RTX ON and RTX OFF
  • Cylindrical projection mode for wide-angle field of view on widescreen displays
Quake II RTX

Quake II RTX is set to launch on the 6th of June.

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