Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most anticipated games in recent history. We are optimistic it will live up to the hype. It should certainly look gorgeous, if nothing else, from what we have seen so far.
“In addition to featuring CD Projekt Red’s fantastic open-ended gameplay, Cyberpunk 2077 is also blessed with jaw-droppingly beautiful, cutting-edge graphics with unprecedented levels of detail, and stunning sights. And on PC, things will look even better thanks to an NVIDIA – CD Projekt Red technical partnership that’s bringing four immersive ray-traced effects to the game,” NVIDIA said.
Cyberpunk 2077 will make use of ray-traced diffuse illumination, which captures sky radiance and emissive lighting from different surfaces. NVIDIA says this is a difficult task to replicate with rasterized rendering techniques. If you own a GeForce RTX graphics card and enable ray tracing, you will see billboards and other illuminated objects brighten their surroundings.
“Unlike screen space techniques that only reflect what’s on screen, ray-traced reflections incorporate the entire scene around the character and can accurately represent objects outside the camera view or facing away from the camera,” NVIDIA says.
A third ray-traced effect that has found its way into Cyberpunk 2077 is ray-traced ambient occlusion. This is a shading and rendering technique that determines how exposed different parts of a scene are to ambient lighting.
Going along with this are ray-traced shadows. As implemented in Cyberpunk 2077, NVIDIA says you will see directional shadows from the sun and moon light. This will vary by scene, depending on things like the strength of light and scattering of light through clouds.