Crytek has released a new trailer for Crysis Remastered that proves the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro are powerful enough to handle ray tracing. Normally, this wouldn’t be possible (neither of these consoles have specialized hardware, such as NVIDIA’s RTX Cores), but the geniuses behind CRYENGINE have figured out how to enable lifelike lighting and other cutting-edge effects via other means.
“…because CRYENGINE’s ray tracing solution is API and hardware agnostic, highly modifiable, and can be made very efficient, it will run on today’s consoles and current generation GPUs,” Crytek explained. “The technology also runs in real-time. Unlike RTX ray tracing, it’s not dependent on RTX cores, so thanks to the power of CRYENGINE, Crysis Remastered will be the first current-gen console game to feature ray tracing. On PC, our ray tracing solution will be enhanced by more powerful graphics cards, including Nvidia’s latest range of hardware.”
Naturally, the PC version of Crysis Remastered will feature both software- and hardware-based ray tracing, but it’s pretty cool how last-gen console players can join in on the fun and experience realistic lighting, reflections, and shadows normally reserved for more expensive setups.
Crysis Remastered will be available for the PC (Epic Games Store), Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 next Friday, September 18.