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The new PC update of Cyberpunk 2077 is a glimpse of the future for game graphics



CD Projekt Red has just released a big old update for Cyberpunk 2077 – but only on PC. So why are we writing about it? Well, we think it’s worth sharing the above video Digital FoundryBecause what we’re seeing here is the future of visual fidelity in video games – at least in part.

Indeed, the above update adds a new graphical mode to the PC version of Cyberpunk 2077. Dubbed ‘Ray Tracing Overdrive’, this is “full” ray tracing, according to CDPR. This basically means that every light source can cast an accurate shadow, and every reflective surface can provide an accurate reflection. It results in some outstanding Ambient lighting, often to the point of photorealism.

In both open and closed spaces, this new mod looks amazing – assuming you’ve actually got a high-end rig to drive it.

The footage is hard to watch and No Think of it as the next big push in graphics, especially for open world titles like 2077, which rely on dynamic lighting and weather effects. The PS5 isn’t really capable of this kind of thing due to its internals, but it could be the kind of technology we see tied to the PS6. Or maybe the rumored PS5 Pro…? This would definitely be a good bullet point, but we won’t get your hopes up!

If you’re interested in how this whole ray tracing business works, this official preview is worth a look:

How long do you think it will be before we see consoles capable of ray tracing like this? Try not to melt your graphics card in the comments section below.


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