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# video | NVIDIA updated Quake II, released 25 years ago. But not everyone can play it.

In 2018, NVIDIA has released a video cardGeForce RTX with Turing architecture, which real-time calculates the path of the light reflected from different surfaces and makes the game graphics more realistic. The first full-fledged game with the support of this technology will be Quake II RTX - an updated version of the classic 1997 shooter. Recently, the company published a video with a demonstration of new graphics and announced that the game will be available for free.

Quake II RTX game is based on amateurQ2VKPT, which was created by former NVIDIA trainee Christoph Schied, also provides updated graphics with improved light. However, thanks to GeForce video cards and Turing architecture, the game gained a more perfect and complete look and received many innovations.

What's new in Quake II RTX:

  • change of day and night in real time;
  • light refraction in water and glass;
  • transparent and reflective surfaces;
  • laser effects from weapons;
  • flare gun for lighting dark corners;
  • detailed 3D models and textures;
  • effects of fire and smoke NVIDIA Flow (optional).

A total of 3000 textures were updated, but only the first three levels of the game will be available to players. I am glad that ray tracing will work in multiplayer and cooperative modes.

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Quake II RTX requires GeForce RTX 2060 and above

Unfortunately, to play the updated versionNot everyone can play the classic shooter - the game will run on Windows and Linux only if you have a GeForce RTX video card. You will also need 8 GB of RAM and the processor is not weaker than the Intel Core i3-3220. The Quake II RTX game can be downloaded for free on the NVIDIA official website, but to install, you will need to buy the full version of the game.

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Perhaps in the future, the updated graphics will receiveall classic games, and developers do not have to spend a lot of time and money on it. The neural network will improve the graphics - it has already improved the textures of Doom, TES III: Morrowind, Myst and Final Fantasy 7. The results of his work can be found in our material.

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