NVIDIA has announced real-time ray tracing for blockbuster game franchises such as Minecraft and Dying Light 2, with more to come. Bloodlines 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and Watch Dogs: Legion were some of the upcoming AAA ray-traced titles shared.
The company also released a Gamescom Game Ready Driver with software optimisations for Apex Legends, Battlefield V, Forza Horizon 4, Strange Brigade and World War Z. The driver increases frame rates by up to 23%. Game Ready Drivers are the gold standard for the gaming industry,
delivering unprecedented game support, frequent performance
optimisations, and new features to enhance the experience.
The new driver has features based on feedback and requests from the GeForce community, including an Ultra-Low Latency mode for faster input response, an Integer Scaling display mode for pixel art games, and a new GeForce Experience Freestyle sharpen filter.
Ultra-Low Latency mode gives gamers the ability to get the
low latency feeling of high frame rates, without having to compromise
their graphics quality settings or resolution to get there. The technology sends frames to be rendered just before the GPU needs them. This further reduces latency by up to 33%.
The Low Latency Mode is being released in beta with support for
all GPUs in DX9 and DX11 games. For DX12 and Vulkan titles, the game
decides when to queue the frame.
Integer Scaling preserves detail on pixel-art games when the
resolution is increased, thanks to a hardware-accelerated programmable
scaling filter available in NVIDIA's Turing. Gamers with a GeForce RTX
or GeForce GTX 16-Series GPU who have installed the new Game Ready Driver, can enable an Integer Scaling beta in the NVIDIA Control Panel, in the “Adjust Desktop Size and Position” Display menu.
NVIDIA Freestyle allows gamers to apply and stack custom filters to personalise their gaming experience. The new Sharpen Freestyle filter has improved image quality and performance compared to the existing “Detail” Freestyle filter. NVIDIA says the performance impact is roughly half that of the prior filter.
Freestyle gives gamers the ability to customise the amount of sharpness, from 0 to 100%, and apply this customisation on a per-game basis using the in-game overlay. "We believe sharpness is based on personal preference and varies from game to game, so with Freestyle we designed a simple solution that remembers your settings in each game," NVIDIA said in a statement. NVIDIA Freestyle also supports over 600 games - DX9, DX11, DX12 and Vulkan API games.
The new driver supports three new G-SYNC Compatible gaming monitors, and has day-zero game support for Remnant: From The Ashes. The newly-validated models are the ASUS VG27A, ACER CP3271, and ACER XB273K GP. G-SYNC Compatible displays are gaming monitors that deliver a baseline variable refresh rate (VRR) experience that makes gaming smoother, clearer, and more enjoyable.
First introduced in the Studio Driver in July, the new Game
Ready Driver further supports 30-bit colour across all product lines,
including GeForce and TITAN, allowing seamless colour transitions
without banding. With 24-bit colour, a pixel can be built from 16.7 million shades of colour. Thirty-bit colour enables a pixel to be built from over 1 billion shades of colour, which eliminates abrupt changes in shades of the same colour.
Applications that currently take advantage of 30-bit colour include Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, Autodesk RV, Colorfront Transkoder, Assimilate Scratch, and Foundry Nuke.
As part of the Game Ready programme, NVIDIA has added Optimal Playable Settings (OPS) for even more games. These now include Wolfenstein
Youngblood, Dota Underlords, F1 2019, The Sinking City, BATTALION 1944,
Gloomhaven, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Pathologic 2, Rune 2,
Observation, Beyond Two Souls, Heavy Rain, DEAD OR ALIVE Xtreme Venus
Vacation, Blood of Steel, and Attack on Titan 2.
To optimise the game, open GeForce Experience, click on the game tile in the Games Tab, and hit “Optimize”.
Get a list of all G-SYNC, G-SYNC ULTIMATE, and G-SYNC Compatible gaming monitors
Install the GeForce Game Ready 436.02 WHQL drivers at the GeForce Experience Drivers tab. Windows Hardware Quality Labs or WHQL refers to hardware that is certified to run with Windows.