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Minecraft to get Render Dragon engine and ray tracing support

Last week, Microsoft announced that the Super Duper Graphics Pack will not come to Minecraft due to performance issues.

Minecraft to get Ray Tracing on Windows 10

The news certainly affected a lot of Minecraft fans, as the pack was highly anticipated. If you’re in the same boat, you’ll be happy to know that Microsoft just announced Ray Tracing and a new Render Dragon gaming engine for Minecraft:

Today we’re announcing two new ways we’re taking advantage of existing and updating hardware. One, we’re expanding the scope of Minecraft on bedrock platforms with our new engine, ​Render Dragon. ​Second, we’re pushing the graphical possibilities of the game by ​partnering with NVIDIA to bring real-time ray tracing to Minecraft. ​Prepare your eyes!


If you want to take advantage of the ray tracing in Minecraft, you’ll have to be on a Windows 10 device capable of DirectX R. NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPU is an example, but more platforms are coming in the future.

With ray tracing, Minecraft worlds will have realistic lighting, vibrant colours, realistic water that reflects and refracts naturally, and emissive textures that light up.

Minecraft Bedrock platform will get new features

On the other hand, with Render Dragon you’ll get edge highlighting, new lighting techniques, and more visual and performance upgrades that will come in the future:

You’ll see individual Minecraft Bedrock platforms update in the months ahead as we learn the capabilities of our lovely new game engine, Render Dragon. You may have already seen a preview of Render Dragon in action if you watched ​Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference on-stage when we demoed Minecraft Earth.

This technology aims to improve the gaming experience for those who don’t have a ray tracing capable device, but it will vary depending on your hardware.

Render Dragon is available in Microsoft’s upcoming Minecraft Earth game. As for ray tracing features, the tech giant will make them available in Minecraft for Windows 10 in 2020.

Are you as excited as we are? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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