Ray tracing not an option until it comes to all graphics cards, says AMD

Discussion created by elstaci on Nov 12, 2018
Latest reply on Nov 16, 2018 by black_zion

For all those who are waiting for AMD to incorporate Ray Tracing, it may be awhile according to this article: AMD Says It Won't Offer Ray Tracing Until It's Available in All Ranges | Digital Trends


Ray tracing not an option until it comes to all graphics cards, says AMD


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In an interview with gaming site 4Gamer, David W--g, senior vice president of engineering for Radeon Technologies Group, mentioned that, while AMD can support DirectX ray tracing, it currently has no plans to do so. Instead, W--g pointed to AMD’s own Radeon ProRender technology which enables similar gaming enhancements for developers, but for free. W--g also mentioned the need for ray tracing to reach out to both cheap and expensive graphics cards, before taking it seriously.

“For the time being, AMD will definitely respond to direct ray tracing … for the moment we will focus on promoting the speed-up of offline CG production environments centered on AMD’s Radeon ProRender, which is offered free of charge … utilization of ray tracing games will not proceed unless we can offer ray tracing in all product ranges from low end to high end,” said W--g.

Though the interview obviously doesn’t hint at new AMD products, it gives hope that low-end graphics cards might one day support ray tracing once it eventually catches on with most consumers. In this case, it also basically means AMD can instead sit and watch as Nvidia develops the technology.

Ray tracing is still relatively new and isn’t even yet supported on stable public versions Windows 10. Microsoft has yet to push out the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, which is set to enable the feature on graphics cards and in games like Battlefield 5

This is all a big enough win for Nvidia and those with big pockets who are buying the new RTX 20-series cards, such as the RTX 2080 Ti, RTX 2080, and RTX 2070. For now, it looks like only these high-end graphics cards will support ray tracing. The year 2020 and beyond could likely bring more graphics cards with ray tracing, but for now, just don’t count AMD in.

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