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Several weeks ago, NVIDIA and Epic Games announced that RTX Ray Tracing would be coming to Fortnite in the near future. The setting is now available as of September 17, 2020.

What does ray tracing bring you? In short, you’ll be able to achieve better, more immersive graphics. According to the Epic Games website, “Ray tracing allows new visual and lighting effects previously not possible in Fortnite.”

The most notable changes will come in the form of reflections, water graphics, and similar improvements. One of the most publicized features allows players to see their entire reflection in in-game windows and similar surfaces.

Ray tracing isn’t the only improvement that is coming to Fortnite on PC. NVIDIA is also offering DLSS, which boosts performance and allows you to achieve higher frame rates at high graphical settings. In other words, you won’t have to compromise as much when it comes to graphics vs. performance.

System requirements

Of course, not everyone is going to have access to ray tracing in Fortnite. It’s exclusive to those with an NVIDIA GeForce graphics card and Epic are recommending that players use an RTX 2080 or higher – an expensive threshold to meet.

Here are the minimum system requirements and recommended system requirements for the ray tracing setting from the Epic Games website:

Minimum requirements:

  • Requires DirectX 12 
  • CPU: 4 cores or more
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 or higher (use updated drivers; 450.00 and higher are supported)
  • Windows 10 version 1903 (May 2019 Update, build number 18362 or newer)

Recommended requirements:

  • Requires DirectX 12 
  • CPU: 8 cores or more
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 or higher (use updated drivers; 450.00 and higher are supported)
  • Windows 10 version 1903 (May 2019 Update, build number 18362 or newer)

How to turn on ray tracing in Fortnite

If your PC meets the minimum system requirements, at least, then you can enable ray tracing by following these simple steps:

  • Ensure that your Windows and all of your drivers are up to date
  • Launch Fortnite and open the “Settings” tab
  • Ensure that you’re using DirectX 12 (switch from 11 if you haven’t already).
  • Navigate to “Advanced Settings” and turn DLSS on
  • Enable the Ray Tracing option and any or all of the available ray tracing effects
Via: Epic Games

Most PC players with GeForce graphics cards will likely fall in the middle ground between the minimum and recommended settings for ray tracing. With the enhanced customization options and DLSS, however, players will be able to keep their high frame rates while experiencing better graphics.

We suggest checking out the new improvements if you have an NVIDIA RTX graphics card, even if you don’t keep them activated in the long-run. These features are, largely, aimed at high-end PCs, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t benefit from the improvements.

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