So during the NVIDIA showcase, they gave a trailer for the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077. This was to showcase the RTX features that will be in the game. Sounds good to me. Check out the trailer yourself and see what you think. Link
First off, you need to pause the video to even see anything. The cuts are so fast that it makes it nearly impossible to get a good look at any of the RTX effects that are being demostrated. Why? Are they trying to pull the wool over our heads or something?
Well, I went through and grabbed one screenshot that you can see below. What I think is happing here is that they are not utilizing ray traced reflections on diffuse surfaces. While this isn’t a bad thing, it just goes to show that even with the newest generation of graphics cards you can’t just turn on all the RTX features you want.
Well, I just went back to the video to try and give it a fare shake. I pulled another screen grab to look at.
So this is their clip for having RTX reflections. Seems nice and all, but you can see how they’re cutting corners once again. (not saying this is a bad thing, just pointing out that developers still have to do this even with the newest cards) Just look at the billboards on the top left of the image and then the ones on the right side in the back. Notice that the graphics in the frames aren’t reflected in the puddle on the ground. This might have to do with where the ray tracing is being performed in the rendering of the frame, perhaps the image hasn’t been culled yet, or it could just be an emissive texture and treated like a light. You can also see that the light from the neon axe lady doesn’t have the glow on the wall behind her in the reflection. These are all just little details that you really start to notice when you nitpick. It shouldn’t have much of an effect on the gameplay or anyones enjoyment of the game. Just interesting to see the techniques used to achieve a playable game.
I hope they put out some real RTX footage, perhaps a play-through of a level or something. It’s a bit sad that they presentation they had today included these micro-clips of gameplay. Still can’t wait to play this game.