Minecraft with RTX BETA Ray Tracing FAQs

Updated 04/16/2020 10:42 PM

 
What are the technical requirements for being able to use Nvidia RTX in Minecraft? 
To experience Minecraft with RTX, you will need to be playing on Windows 10 PC and using a supported Nvidia GPU. Windows Phone and VR or MR are not supported. You will also need a CPU Intel Core i5 or equivalent minimum and at least 8 GB of RAM available. You may have to update your Windows operating system and graphics drivers to experience ray tracing.  This beta supports NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 and higher.  We recommend installing the latest Game Ready Driver from nvidia.com/drivers for the best gaming experience.
 
Will there be a way for players outside of Windows 10 to be able to try Nvidia RTX or something similar? 
At this time, Windows 10 with a DirectX Raytracing capable device that meets the minimum requirements is the only supported platform. 
 
Will Minecraft with RTX be free?
Yes. Players who own Minecraft for Windows 10 can experience Minecraft with RTX for free via our beta program if they meet the minimum technical requirements. 
 
What lighting and graphical capabilities does ray tracing provide in Minecraft? 
The ray tracing enhancements now enable full control lighting of each individual pixel in texture packs utilizing the additional ray tracing features. We have instructions on how to create textures packs that utilize these features at 
https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/guides/minecraft-rtx-texturing-guide/. With control over the depth of each individual pixel, you can further define shadows and textures. You can also experience directional lighting which creates sunbeams that shine through foliage in a forest or cast through a window. It creates the opportunity to cast shadows more accurately in the world and gives materials such as water more realistic behavior. Emissive blocks, such as lava, now glow with more intensity – radiating blooms of light that cast on to adjacent surfaces. In the physical world, light now bounces from object to object and carries indirect color along with it. Now players and creators will be able to experience these subtle changes. These lighting effects enable players and creators to do things such as create a pinhole camera effect that casts light through an object: creating a projection of an image onto another object. 
 
How do I access the beta? 
To access the RTX beta, follow these instructions if you are not currently on a Minecraft Win 10 Beta.
1.    Install the Xbox Insider Hub app on your PC (it is available for free in the Windows Store)
2.    Inside the app, click on the open box icon in the sidebar on the left
3.    On the Insider content screen, you will see a beta available for Minecraft for Windows 10. Click on the Minecraft for Windows 10 beta
4.    Click the “Join” button at the bottom of the screen
5.    On the following pop-up you will see three radio buttons- one will be for Minecraft RTX Beta, one for Minecraft Beta, one for Unenroll. Choose Minecraft RTX Beta, then click Done.
6.    If you have automatic updates on from the Windows Store, Minecraft will automatically update to the latest RTX beta build available.
Please note that any world you open while on the RTX beta will not be available to be opened in the other Minecraft beta OR the non-beta version of the game. We strongly recommend you make a copy of any world you wish to play in the RTX beta and use the copy of the world instead.
 
If you are already in the Minecraft for Win 10 beta, follow these instructions:
1.    Open the Xbox Insider Hub app
2.    Inside the app, click on the open box icon in the sidebar on the left
3.    On the Insider content screen, you will just see one Minecraft for Win 10 Beta offering under Joined. Click on it.
4.    In this screen, click on Manage.
5.    In the Manage screen, you will have a radio button that will allow you to choose to enroll in the RTX Beta or to Unenroll from the beta program entirely. Select the RTX beta & click on the Done button to the left
6.    You may need to uninstall Minecraft and reinstall it from the store in order to download the RTX beta. Please back up any worlds you wish you keep before uninstalling as otherwise the worlds will be deleted when you uninstall the game. Minecraft saved worlds can be found in  %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\Microsoft.MinecraftUWP_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState\games\com.mojang\minecraftWorlds – each folder within the minecraftWorlds folder is a world. Please save it somewhere on your PC that is not within the Minecraft directory.  You can also export worlds directly from Minecraft to your PC’s desktop.
 
I’m on the Windows 10 beta for RTX (ray tracing), but now I want to join the beta for the Nether Update. How can I do this?
To join the Nether Update beta, please follow the instructions below:
1.    Open the Xbox Insider Hub app
2.    Inside the app, click on the open box icon in the sidebar on the left
3.    On the Insider content screen, you will just see one Minecraft for Win 10 Beta offering under Joined. Click on it.
4.    In this screen, click on Manage.
5.    In the Manage screen, you will have a radio button that will allow you to choose to enroll in the Nether Update beta or to Unenroll from the beta program entirely. Select the Win 10 beta & click on the Done button to the left.
6.    If you have automatic updates from the store on, the game will automatically update to the Nether 
Please note that worlds created/opened in the RTX beta may not be compatible with the Nether Update beta so we strongly suggest you make a copy of those worlds before opening them in either beta.
 
How can I quit the beta?
To unenroll entirely from the Minecraft for Windows 10 Beta program, please follow the steps below.
1.    Open the Xbox Insider Hub app
2.    Inside the app, click on the open box icon in the sidebar on the left
3.    On the Insider content screen, you will just see one Minecraft for Win 10 Beta offering under Joined. Click on it.
4.    In this screen, click on Manage.
5.    In the Manage screen, you will have a radio button that will allow you to choose to enroll in the RTX Beta, Nether Update beta, or to Unenroll from the beta program entirely. Select Unenroll & click on the Done button to the left
6.    You will need to uninstall Minecraft and reinstall it from the store in order to download the non-beta version. Please back up any worlds you wish you keep before uninstalling as all worlds will be deleted when the game is uninstalled. Minecraft saved worlds can be found in C:\Users\[YourLocalNameHere]\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MinecraftUWP_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState\games\com.mojang\minecraftWorlds – each folder within the minecraftWorlds folder is a world. Please save it somewhere on your PC that is not within the Minecraft directory.  You can also export worlds directly from Minecraft to your PC’s desktop.
 
I’m on the Windows 10 beta for RTX (ray tracing) and I tried to put my world file on another machine. It didn’t work. What’s wrong?
Worlds opened in the Win 10 beta for RTX cannot be opened in any other Minecraft beta or in the non-beta version. Therefore we recommend you make a copy of any world you want to use before opening it in the RTX beta
 
How do I experience ray tracing in the Windows 10 beta? 
You can download a selection of free creator-built worlds that have been built to make use of ray tracing from the Minecraft Marketplace. Look for content tagged with  RTX. You will need a GPU that supports DirectX Raytracing in order to download and play these worlds. You will not be able to turn ray tracing on for every Minecraft world: the toggle is only available in worlds that are ray tracing enabled. 
 
Can I sideload my own world and create my own textures for ray tracing?
Yes. It is possible to create your own textures that make use of the physically based rendering system. Visit the following URL for further information:
https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/guides/minecraft-rtx-texturing-guide/ 
Please note that because this is a beta, we may make changes before the final release, so texture packs created in the beta may need to be adjusted in the future.
 
Does ray tracing impact gameplay or behaviors of mobs? 
We are very careful introducing new features that could impact game mechanics. At this time ray tracing cannot be enabled for all world seeds.  However, we did want to give our community the ability to create beautiful new experiences with physically based materials resource packs and ray tracing lighting capabilities. To experience ray tracing you can either download a free RTX enabled world from the Marketplace or create your own textures that make use of the physically based rendering system and sideload them into the game.. We are still evaluating the impact of bringing ray tracing to any Minecraft world and will provide more details when we are able.
 
How is this different from what Java modders have been doing?
The Java community have made some impressive modifications to the textures and lighting of the Java Edition of the game with mods. While Java Edition does not natively support ray tracing, this beta introduces native DirectX Raytracing support into Bedrock. We hope to provide this same spark and similar capabilities to the Bedrock community to envision their own point of view and express themselves with ray tracing and their own HD textures.
 
I’ve noticed some things aren’t working. Is there a known issues list?
Yes,- you can find it at: https://help.minecraft.net/hc/en-us/articles/360042255511
 
Can I play Realms on the RTX beta?
No, Realms are disabled for all Minecraft betas. 
 
Can I play multiplayer on the RTX beta?
You can play multiplayer on the RTX beta if you have your internet & game settings as such that you can join other players directly. All players joining must be on the RTX beta.
 
Can I import my old shaders into the RTX beta?
Along with adding ray tracing features, we’ve updated the graphics engine on Windows 10 to the Render Dragon™ graphics engine. Existing community shaders may not be compatible with our new graphics engine. 
 
Why is the “RTX (Ray tracing)” toggle not working?
We are very careful introducing new features that could impact game mechanics. At this time ray tracing cannot be enabled for all world seeds.  However, we did want to give our community the ability to create beautiful new experiences with physically based materials resource packs and ray tracing lighting capabilities. To experience ray tracing you can either download a free RTX enabled world from the Marketplace or create your own textures that make use of the physically based rendering system and sideload them into the game. 
 
Why can’t I download RTX worlds from the Marketplace?
Only players who meet the minimum hardware requirements can download RTX enabled worlds from the Marketplace.
 
Does RTX change the performance of Minecraft?
Yes, performance may change when in a ray tracing enabled world. In the RTX beta, player resolution will be locked to 1080, chunk render distance in ray tracing enabled worlds will be set to 8 by default. We’ve also introduced a new “Upscaling” feature that can be turned on in ray tracing enabled worlds to increase performance.

What is the “Upscaling” toggle? 
The upscaling toggle is a performance enhancing toggle that enables NVIDIA DLSS to boost frame rates on GeForce RTX graphics cards.
 
Will ray tracing be coming to non-NVIDIA hardware for Minecraft?
We do not have any news to share at this time.
 
The NVIDIA site has my graphics card listed as one that supports ray tracing but it’s not a RTX 2060 graphics card or better. Why doesn’t it work?
Because of the technology needed to support ray tracing well in Minecraft, we are unable to support Nvidia cards below a RTX 2060.
 

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