Ray tracing options can no longer be found under the graphics settings of Capcom’s Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 remakes for PC, various Steam users have reported. The feature was originally introduced to RE2 and RE3 in June 2022 as part of a next-gen update that upgraded the games from DirectX 11 to DirectX 12, and while that decision wasn’t received well by players initially, who complained that they performed worse, leading Capcom to bring back the DirectX 11 version, the non-ray tracing versions are apparently now the only choice. The good news is that players have figured out a way to bring back ray tracing by amending the games’ shortcut paths, which can be done through the steps outlined below. Capcom announced last week that it would no longer be providing technical support for the DirectX 11 versions of RE3, RE2, and RE7.
From a Steam user post:
To anyone who wants to revert their game to have raytracing again. Make a shortcut to steam.exe then add -console to the shortcut path for most people it would be this “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steam.exe” -console
make sure you close out of steam completely then use the shortcut to open steam. Next to your username you should see console. Click on that, then enter “download_depot 883710 883715 4596656973454619188” but without the parenthesis. that will download the game as it was and after some time in the console it will say it was downloaded somewhere like “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\content\app_883710\depot_883715” Now delete or backup the contents of your Resident Evil 2 folder, do not change the folder name or location just empty it out then copy the contents from your new download and you are golden. If you did the hd mod then you will have to reapply it but doing this will be like steam never did the update even the steam still thinks it’s still the new update so it’s not gonna force it again.
For RE3 do the same thing but instead enter “download_depot 952060 952062 7305189131432908184” into the console. Once again without parenthesis.