PC mods are getting classics like Half-Life, and Max Payne looking brand new

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classic valve outlet It was recently re-released on Steam with some pretty cool new visuals, including ray tracing and DLSS support. That was great news for outlet It’s also great news for fans of all kinds of old PC games.

Before we go any further, I will explain the technology we are talking about. RTX is the name given to a suite of technologies used by graphics card company Nvidia that uses “ray tracing and artificial intelligence technologies” to make PC games look simply amazing. Here is a trailer for Gateway with RTXa re-release of the game using this technology, showing improvements to a game most of us remember being in 2007:

Gateway with RTX | World premiere

Now, the thing with RTX is that in this case (and with earthquake And the Maine Craft) had to be put into the game by the developers, Nvidia is also releasing a version of the technology with modders in mind. It’s called RTX Remix:

With RTX Remix, the game runs in the background and we replace legacy APIs and systems with RTX Remix’s 64-bit Vulkan renderer. This allows ray tracing to be added to classic games and it all updates in real time as lights and objects move. The light can be cast from behind the player or from another room and indoors Gateway with RTXEven light travels through portals. Glass refracts light, surfaces reflect detail based on their sheen, reflections can be cast into the scene from behind the player, objects can self-reflect, and indirect light from outside the screen shines in and affects what you see.

Compared to Quake II RTX And the Minecraft with RTXThe ray tracing introduced by RTX Remix is ​​even more advanced, bouncing light four times instead of once, improving quality, immersion, and simulation of real-world light. In addition to that, we also introduced several new ray tracing technologies that improve quality while being more performant at the same time.

Nvidia says RTX Remix is ​​a “modding platform” that will allow “modulators of all ability levels to bring NVIDIA ray tracing and technology to classic games.” Since it doesn’t come out until 2023, I would have expected that we were still months away from seeing the benefits it could bring to older games, but nope!

Modern as Lord Vulcan I found that you can add RTX juice to some classic titles, for now, and in most cases it’s just done by… dropping some files from one folder to another on your hard drive and enabling some developer stuff in the console. This is it. It works on games like Swat 4 and the original Max Payne.

While the results are not perfect, At least compared to the months professional jobs done in games like Maine CraftThey still look great! over here Max Paynefor example, Courtesy of Alex Coulter:

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that lighting. those shadows. this is magic.

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Here are some screenshots from Swat 4 Picked up by EiermannTelevisionwhich was released in 2005 and certainly wasn’t like this back then:

SWAT 4 RTX Remix

Here’s Half-Life 1, with a small explanation of how to do it:

How to get RTX in Half-Life: Source ~ RTX 4090 [RTX Remix] [4K]

None of these examples are perfect, but it’s amazing that they work so well given how quickly they can be done. This will very well be when the actual RTX Remix is ​​released in 2023, but until then it will be great to see what other classic titles this workaround is compatible with!


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