Official Minecraft with ray tracing beta begins this week

After close to a year of talking about it and players finding their own way to do it, Minecraft with RTX is coming this week. Nvidia announced on their blog that the beta for Minecraft with RTX begins on April 16, bringing fully path-traced rendering, physically-based materials, and NVIDIA DLSS 2.0 to the game.

The beta will launch with six RTX Creator Worlds that will be available for free in the in-game Minecraft store and can be experienced with all GeForce RTX GPUs.

Here are the basic requirements as outlined by NVIDIA:

"How To Download and Play The Minecraft with RTX Beta

First, ensure your system meets the minimum system requirements:

  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, or better
  • CPU: Intel Core i5, or equivalent, or better
  • RAM: 8GB, or more
  • Storage: 2GB (Game, plus all worlds and resource packs)
  • Operating System: Windows 10 x64

Next, download and install the latest Windows 10 updates, followed by our Minecraft with RTX Game Ready Driver, which delivers day-0 optimizations and performance improvements for the beta, and is required for the use of NVIDIA DLSS 2.0. Also, ensure you own a copy of Minecraft for Windows 10, as that is needed for participation in the beta program."

More steps to get started can be found on the NVIDIA website.

Check out the trailer below: