Cyberpunk 2077 is less than three weeks away, well, assuming that the developer doesn’t delay it again for the fourth time this year. So, to build even more hype for what is easily the most anticipated game of the year, Nvidia has partnered with CD Projekt Red to release a new video that reveals updated PC system requirements and what kind of hardware you’ll need to run the game with ray tracing enabled.
The new video features three of CD Projekt Red’s developers – Marcin Gollent, Jakub Knapik, and Miles Tost – who walk us through how Nvidia and ray tracing created an environment in Night City that has “glorious ray-traced reflections are cast on every possible surface; substantially improved shadows naturally soften and sharpen; [and] shops, streets and buildings are realistically illuminated with diffuse lighting.”
In September CD Projekt Red released the minimum and recommended PC requirements, which were surprisingly reasonable for most PC gamers to accommodate. In the updated requirements Nvidia says that at minimum an RTX 2060 can allow ray tracing at 1920×1080 using the medium preset with DLSS, but unfortunately there’s no word on what the expected range of FPS is. With a RTX 2060 or a Radeon RX 5700 XT, you’ll be able to run the game on Ultra settings at 1440p. To make the jump to 4K, you’ll need to upgrade your GPU to a RTX 2080S, RTX 3070, or a Radeon RX 6800 XT.
If you want to get really crazy and utilize ray tracing on Ultra settings with 1440p, you’re going to need a RTX 3070. For those of you out there that were somehow lucky enough to score a RTX 3080 or RTX 3090, congratulations, you’re the only ones who can crank the settings up to enabled ray tracing with 4K on Ultra. Once again, there’s no information available at this time on what the targeted FPS range is for the various hardware settings seen in the above image.
Cyberpunk 2077 is currently scheduled for release on Dec. 10 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. When the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X receive the game sometime in 2021, both versions are rumored to support ray-tracing. Those who buy the game on PS4 or Xbox One will also be able to upgrade to the next-gen version for free. You can also use backwards compatibility to play the current-gen versions of the game on the next-gen consoles.
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