Back at COMPUTEX 2019, NVIDIA announced that QUAKE II RTX will be available later at June 6th onwards for free. The remastered classic first-person shooter features a fully real-time raytraced environment with GeForce RTX enabled GPU through Vulkan API – looks like real-time ray tracing is no longer exclusive to DXR?

While it’s free for all PC gamers as what NVIDIA promised, owners of QUAKE II will gain full access to the remainders of the game alongside the multiplayer mode with real-time ray tracing enabled. The free version of QUAKE II RTX gives you access to 3 single player levels only, but you can purchase the full game on Steam for only RM 19.99, which is fairly cheap.

The system requirement isn’t really that demanding, but you will still need a GeForce RTX 2060 – since NVIDIA didn’t really mention anything about the selected GTX cards that were given access to RTX features via a driver update.

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit or Ubuntu 16.04.6 and newer
  • Processor: Intel i3-3220 or AMD Equivalent
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA RTX 2060 or higher
  • Storage: 2 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Vulkan

(Source: Steam)

UPDATE: The game has just released and we found out a few things.

This is more like a “free DLC” for those who already have Quake II, be it on Steam or a physical disk from decades ago. Once you downloaded the Quake II RTX “game”, you can point it to the original Quake II game and add RTX to it.

Or, you can play around Quake II RTX too as there is a tech demo built into this Quake II RTX as well.


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