This has been a big week for NVIDIA, as it officially announced its GeForce RTX family on Monday that promises to bring real-time ray tracing (and all of the added realism that comes as a result) to the next-generation of video games. While we’ve talked a lot about the hardware that powers NVIDIA RTX real-time ray tracing, we’d like to give you a deeper look at what developers are presenting when it comes to games.
In our GeForce RTX announcement article, we brought you footage from Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Battlefield V and Metro Exodus. Today, we have some live gameplay from Gamescom 2018 of both Battlefield V and MechWarrior 5 Mercenaries using NVIDIA RTX.
In the Battlefield V footage above, you can see the ultra-realistic water effects, shadows and lighting effects in the World War II shooter. Look at the way that light reflects off the abandoned car at the beginning of the clip and then ramp up immediately from there as you see an explosion that occurs out of view light up the passenger-side door of the vehicle.
As the demo progresses, you can see the developer flip the RTX effects on and off to show the stark difference in quality between how the game will be rendered for non-GeForce RTX cards. One particularly impressive event happens around at around the 3:45 mark when a German V-1 flying bomb does a face-plant into the ground sparking a massive explosion. The buildings that line the street light up in an orangish-red glow that reflects off not only the windows, but also the brick structures. The whole scene then darkens as the area fills with black smoke. It’s quite a convincing visual effect in this instance.
Although we don’t know how may frames per second this footage was running at, it did seem relatively fluid to our eyes. The Battlefield V open beta goes live on September 6th, and the game is set to launch on October 11th.
As an added treat, we also were able to get an early glimpse of MechWarrior 5 Mercenaries, which also makes use of NVIDIA RTX with amazing results. The interplay of the lighting and the shadows is simply mind-boggling on both the interior surfaces and the character models. The MechWarrior 5 Mercenaries footage presented wasn’t nearly as long as what we saw with Battlefield V, but we were still impressed with what little we were able to lay our eyes on. MechWarrior 5 Mercenaries will ship in 2019.
So far, NVIDIA has announced the following GeForce RTX series graphics cards for enthusiasts:
- GeForce RTX 2080 Ti: 4352 CUDA cores, 1545MHz boost clock, 11GB GDDR6
- GeForce RTX 2080: 2944 CUDA cores, 1710MHz boost clock, 8GB GDDR6
- GeForce RTX 2070: 2304 CUDA cores, 1620MHz boost clock, 8GB GDDR6
OEM versions of the GeForce RTX 2070, RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti will be priced from $499, $699 and $999 respectively. However, NVIDIA will also make its own Founders Editions of each with higher boost clocks priced at $599, $799 and $1,199 respectively.