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Portal with RTX might be overkill, but at least it’s free DLC on Steam

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A new version of ray tracing is coming in November

When someone returns to refresh the visuals of a popular video game with a well-remembered, well-established look, things can get a little funky. So while I understand the allure of something like Gateway with RTX“reimagined” outlet Equipped with ray tracing, that doesn’t mean it’s completely better. It’s different! You may or may not dig it.

Along with the (expensive) GeForce RTX 40 series GPU, Nvidia has announced Gateway with RTX As free DLC coming to Steam in November for outlet friends. 15 years later, if you can believe it.

According to the Nvidia announcement, “Every light is ray-traced and casts a shadow, global indirect illumination naturally brightens and darkens rooms, ray-traced volumetric illumination scatters through fog and smoke, and shadows are pixel perfect.”

While the detailed surfaces are instantly noticeable, some comparison screenshots are more flattering than others, so it’s best to watch the trailer for a comprehensive view before you start fiddling with the scrollbars on this lengthy Nvidia blog post that unravels Gateway with RTX. It’s not just lighting – there’s also “new art reminiscent of the original”.

As the game’s Steam page notes, “Gateway with RTX Compatible with all GPUs capable of ray tracing.” It’s a sparse list, but there are screenshots (and you can wishlist).

I like that this is DLC, not a forced update. We are not always this lucky.

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Placing the companion cube in Portal using RTX
The accompanying cube has a new glow.

The portal is just the beginning (if you’re in mod mode)

This brilliant project came to fruition at Nvidia Lightspeed Studios, following previous RTX upgrades for second earthquake And the Maine Craft. There’s more to where that came from, too.

Nvidia will launch RTX Remix, a free mod platform for supported PC games that “can add ray tracing with just a few clicks.” While Gateway with RTX Is the main show, Nvidia also showed glossy scenes from 2002 The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind.

“RTX Remix Mods work in tandem with existing gameplay mods downloaded from Nexus Mods or other sites, giving games with rich, mod content an instant ray tracing upgrade,” the company said. He also noted that “previously unmodifiable” games will be compatible with these tools, and “each RTX Mod also comes with the RTX Remix Runtime editor, giving gamers many options to customize their experience in real time.”

Whether you’re a gamer or just a gamer, expect plenty of new possibilities for DirectX 8 and DX9 supported games. There’s no shadow, but I’m curious to see fan creations that take a more subtle and measured approach to upgrading vintage lighting. Sometimes less is more.

Jordan Defour

Jordan is a founding member of Destructoid and a poster of seemingly random images. They are anything but random.

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