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How to play the Minecraft RTX Ray Tracing Beta

With the latest release of NVidia’s latest Geforce Game Ready Driver we now have two major graphical improvements to Minecraft. The revolutionary feature, ray-tracing has finally made it to Minecraft, however at this moment it is in beta. Luckily it’s extremely easy to get on the beta, just finding where to look is the hard part.

We have put together a quick and easy guide to experience a huge improvement in graphics.

Requirements

First, ensure your system meets the minimum system requirements:

  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, or better
  • CPU: Intel Core i5, or equivalent, or better
  • RAM: 8GB, or more
  • Storage: 2GB (Game, plus all worlds and resource packs)
  • Operating System: Windows 10 x64

Now, just a couple things to note, currently the update is only available on the Windows 10 Edition. Also, any worlds that you play on the beta versions of Minecraft will not be available in any other version. Basically start a new world that you don’t mind losing and backup those worlds just in case.

How to get the Minecraft for Windows 10 Update

In order to gain access to the latest beta ‘snapshot’ version you need to be part of the Xbox Insiders Program.

  1. On a Windows 10 PC, install and launch the Xbox Insiders Hub. Find it in the Microsoft Store.
  2. Sign in with your Microsoft account.
  3. Navigate to Insider Content > Minecraft for Windows 10.
  4. Select Join and wait for enrolment to complete.
  5. Wait for enrolment to complete (this shouldn’t be too long).

Now once this is completed you should see ‘Manage’. Click on this and select Minecraft for Windows 10 RTX Beta. Select ‘Done’ followed by ‘Accept’ to receive the correct beta version.

Once the update has gone ahead, you need to activate the feature in-game. Go to Settings > Advanced Video > DirectX Ray Tracing to activate Ray Tracing.

At this time DirectX Ray Tracing and Upscaling with DLSS 2.0 is only enabled on specific maps. All you need to do is visit the in-game marketplace and download ‘Ray Tracing Worlds – Nvidia RTX’ by Nvidia for free. Navigate to Play > Create New and select any of the new worlds you have just downloaded.

List of RTX-compatible graphics cards that work with Minecraft’s RTX beta:

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If you are interested in getting your hands on a pre-built PC compatible with Minecraft’s RTX update check out our post ‘A Buying Guide for Pre-Built Gaming PCs in 2020’.

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