Now that NVIDIA has announced its GeForce RTX family of graphics cards, all that anyone can talk about these days is real-time ray-tracing. NVIDIA is billing it as a key selling point for the GeForce RTX family, and we can see why the company is so willing to unleash the feature on gamers.
However, while gamers have been increasingly pushing their rigs to enjoy 4K gaming, future titles relying on NVIDIA RTX technology are currently running at 1080p. But given the footage that we’ve seen — and that continues to leak out — it could be worth the tradeoff if you like eye candy. Take for example this leaked alpha footage from Battlefield V. This footage goes beyond what we showed you last week, which was a precise developer walkthrough of gameplay showing how RTX looks both on and off. This new footage, however, is all RTX, all the time, running on a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti at 1080p resolution. There’s no word, however, on the specs of the rig that was used.
The actual video source isn’t of the greatest quality (it’s highly compressed), but you can still get a good look at what is essentially a showcase for RTX. There’s plenty of action going on this 20-minute clip of the Rotterdam map, which should help you get acclimated to the gameplay.
But the big takeaways, however, are how the lighting and reflections are handled, especially when looking at puddles of water across the roadways and sidewalks. Shadows of course look more realistic, and real-time reflections bouncing off store windows could give you a tactical advantage in certain situations.
In the end, while the reflections and shadows are no doubt gorgeous, will it be worth the trade-off for gamers who crave performance above all else? This footage was captured on a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, which will retail for $999+ for third-party cards ($1,149 for the NVIDIA Founders Edition). Even with this beefy card at its disposal, you can clearly see quite a few performance hiccups and stuttering along the way. We’d imagine that things will be even worse on the RTX 2080 and RTX 2070. But, we do have to consider that this is alpha software that hasn’t been fully optimized (Battlefield V will be released in October). Once the game engine and drivers are fully up to snuff, the developer says that Battlefield V will be “rock solid” and locked in at 60fps on the RTX 2080 Ti.
We also have to keep in mind that these are first-generation RTX cards, so it may not be until next year’s crop of graphics cards (or whenever NVIDIA decides to grace us with a next-generation) before we start seeing truly epic RTX performance along with more wide-scale game support.