The minecraft ray tracing RTX beta is live, here's how to get in

It's really very simple, you just need a suitable graphics card

So, the NVIDIA and Mojang/Microsoft Minecraft RTX project is now in beta, which brings ray tracing into the fold.

In case you missed it, Microsoft canceled the High Quality Texture Pack for Minecraft for technical reasons, which was supposed to bring Minecraft to a new generation of visuals, giving it a complete overhaul. As a concession, we get RTX ray tracing, as long as you have the right RTX graphics card to handle it.

Do you want? Here's how.

Fundamentally, you need to download the Xbox Insider app from the Windows 10 Store on PC. Once you've launched that, go to "programs" and select Minecraft RTX Beta from the drop-down menu. Of the, you just have to register, press apply, then load Minecraft from said store and go to the market. You will find several NVIDIA RTX worlds to download: enter them, press "create a new world" and select one. Ended!

Microsoft provided several sample worlds to browse and allowed creators to create their own RTX-enabled worlds. Note: You can only use new RTX features in worlds created for him, and you can toggle "old" visuals and new RTX by pressing ";" (semicolon) on the fly. It's a neat feature that's not unlike a lot of retro remasters that let you swap out the aesthetic in real time.

Note that you will need a heavy graphics card to actually use it. While Minecraft can easily push levels into the hundreds of FPS normally, switching to ray tracing pushes it into the 10-50 FPS level for most platforms. While NVIDIA calls it "playable", it's a beta after all, and more optimization (as well as technological advancements) are on the way. From experience, I can say that the difference is huge. Although Minecraft is billed as an accessible game at heart, hardcore gamers with big rigs will likely love the changes to the point where they won't want to turn them off and go back to the old days.

If your PC can't run it or you're just curious, the video below will give you a taste of what's to come. You can also find the complete step-by-step instructions for entering at the same location. As a reminder, Xbox Series X is hard at work on ray tracing, so expect that to roll out in next-gen. In other words, the beta is perfectly timed.

FAQ Minecraft NVIDIA RTX (Minecraft)

How to access the beta:

To access Minecraft with RTX beta, follow these instructions if you are not currently on Minecraft Win 10 Beta.

  • Install the Xbox Insider Hub app on your PC (it's available for free in the Windows Store)
  • In the app, click the open box icon in the sidebar on the left
  • On the Insider content screen, you will see a beta available for Minecraft for Windows 10. Click on Minecraft beta for Windows 10
  • Click the "Join" button at the bottom of the screen
  • In the next popup you will see three radio buttons: one for Minecraft RTX Beta, one for Minecraft Beta, one for Unenroll. Choose Minecraft RTX Beta, then click Done.
  • If you have automatic updates from the Windows Store, Minecraft will automatically update to the latest RTX beta available.

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