Cyberpunk 2077 (opens in new tab) Soon it will get an update that will take its ray tracing to the next level by introducing a new Ray Tracing: Overdrive setting.This was announced as part of the Nvidia RTX 40 series launch (opens in new tab)as Nvidia uses a new mode to showcase the frame rate capabilities of its new DLSS 3 (opens in new tab) technology. That’s good news for anyone who likes to rampage in Night City, although it could be bad news for your graphics card if the native frame rate is passable.
In a video showing how DLSS 3 can improve game performance, native frame rates can be seen hovering above 20 fps. DLSS 3 does make a huge difference here, boosting it to 98fps, but if the mighty RTX 4090 still paints a worrying picture (opens in new tab) It’s almost impossible to get out of the mid-20s without the magic of AI upgrades.
Nvidia appears to be hinting at an RTX 3090 Ti on a chart showing the performance of the new card (opens in new tab), you know, the fastest card out there that manages a quarter of the frame rate of the RTX 4090. Yep, you’re back to 21-23fps. According to the introduction at the bottom of the figure, that’s when using DLSS. swallow.
So what did Nvidia and CD Projekt Red do to punish our graphics cards? They took everything in the ray-traced rendering pipeline up a notch. Specifically, you are looking at:
- Nvidia RTX Direct Lighting (RTXDI) Provides accurate ray traced lighting and shadows for every neon sign, street light, car headlamp, LED billboard and TV, bathing objects, walls, passing cars and pedestrians in accurate color.
- Ray traced indirect lighting and reflections Now bounces multiple times, compared to the single bounce of the previous solution.The result is more accurate, realistic and immersive global illumination, reflections and self-reflections
- Ray-traced reflections now render at full resolutionfurther improve their quality
- Improved, more physically based lighting No need for any other occlusion techniques
Full-resolution ray-traced reflections are especially popular, as this is noticeable and jarring even with mental rendering modes in current games. Judging by the short video at the top of the story, it’s certainly an impressive update.
Hopefully this will arrive before Phantom Freedom (opens in new tab) Expansions are also down, although they won’t expire until sometime in 2023. We think the Overdrive patch will roll out around October 12th for the GeForce RTX 4090.