As promised at GDC, Nvidia has released its DirectX Raytracing (DXR) drivers for GTX cards today—grab them here. Okay, so they're not just for GTX cards, and they're Game Ready for Anno 1800, but DXR on GTX is arguably the highlight. The driver revision also sees a large jump, indicating this is a major update—Nvidia has gone from version 419.67 to 425.31.There's plenty to discuss, but testing ray tracing performance on GTX cards will require some time—more than I can do in just a couple of hours. Nvidia has provided its own internal benchmark results, some of which I've included below. As usual, take these with a grain of salt, but most of the numbers appear to be in line with what I'm seeing. I'm using a different testbed (overclocked i7-8700K instead of i9-7900X), and my results so far are a bit higher than Nvidia's for the faster RTX cards like the 2080 Ti. But the GTX cards are much slower with ray tracing, so the CPU used won't matter much there.Right now, … [Read more...] about You can now enable ray tracing on GTX cards, but performance is low
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If you’re at all interested in first-person immersive games, survival horror, or first-person shooters, you should follow the development of Gloomwood, a foggy first-person mashup by Dillon Rogers.I’ve been following the game’s development closely since discovering it via Twitter. Dillon himself, obsessed with Thief and Thief fan missions, is a man after my own heart. It was thus a rare privilege and honor to speak with one whose inspirations so closely mirror my own. Note that included throughout this interview story are new screenshots of Gloomwood—very special thanks to Dillon. Motivation and Inspiration TechRaptor: What inspired you to make games and why have you kept at it? Dillon Rogers: I started modding games, first! I would mess around with Starcraft‘s world editor and try to make stuff that was way over what that tool could handle. Eventually, like many others, I became drawn to the Source engine and started learning how to put down level … [Read more...] about Lifting the Fog on Gloomwood: A Chat With Indie Dev Dillon Rogers
“I don’t recommend quitting your day job to anyone these days,” says Jordi de Paco with a heavy sigh. De Paco is no newcomer to the erratic world of independent game development, having worked on dozens of prototypes and multiple commercial releases over the years. But while his career has had ups and downs, he sees 2018 as the most challenging year yet for small teams. “Everyone can make games, but be realistic. ... It used to be that you could do something that nobody had ever seen before, or you could do something familiar really well. Now, it has to be innovative and have incredible quality.” De Paco says that his studio Deconstructeam managed to make a profit just off the pre-orders for its first game, Gods Will Be Watching, back in 2014. For its latest game, a 2018 cyberpunk adventure called The Red Strings Club — which received floods of enthusiastic tweets and positive reviews — sales have only started to slip into profit now, many … [Read more...] about There are too many video games. What now?
It’s time for the best co-op games. Humanity is unlike any other species on Earth. Look around you – look at all we can do. I am typing my brain thoughts on some ethereal electronic space that only exists to us, transferring my ideas to your mind like some arcane telepath. It’s amazing when you really think about it. Know what else are amazing? Video games. Since the first video game released, technology has improved, fidelity has increased, and the creative ingenuity of the field hasn’t slowed down an ounce. How is all of this possible? Cooperation. Working together is the reason we are the dominant species on our blue sphere, after all. So let’s hold hands and enjoy these collaborative works together. Here are the 25 best co-op games to play right now. 25. The Division What could be more relaxing than taking a trip to snowy New York with your friends in the lead up to Christmas? Well, lots of things if The Division is anything to go by. In … [Read more...] about The 25 best co-op games to play in 2018
When Bethesda revealed that it was working on a port of Doom 2016 for Nintendo Switch, it was hard to believe that a worthwhile conversion was possible - until we went hands-on. Panic Button had somehow produced an impossible port, flawed in several ways, but definitely playable - and from a technological perspective, it was quite unlike anything we'd seen on Switch before. Naturally, when a conversion of the more demanding Wolfenstein 2 was announced, we were once again sceptical about the game's chances, especially considering Doom's frame-rate issues. But the proof of the pudding is once again in the tasting, and as a technological achievement, Wolfenstein 2 on Switch is even more miraculous than its predecessor.I really hope that somewhere in Nvidia's R&D labs, the architects of the Tegra X1 have seen this game - to see just how much fidelity has been extracted from what is fundamentally a mobile processor. Like the Doom 2016 port, it's clearly not the best version of the game, … [Read more...] about Wolfenstein 2 on Switch: can mobile hardware really run a cutting-edge shooter?