Here’s Why Future Metro Games May Not Run Without Ray Tracing Graphics Cards


Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition on PC needs a ray tracing-enabled graphics card as a minimum requirement. Confirmed on the game’s Steam page, the PC release of the Enhanced Edition has an emphasis on improved ray tracing, and as a result, won’t run on graphics cards that aren’t capable of ray tracing.

What this means is that, at minimum, you’ll need an Nvidia GeForce RTX or AMD’s line-up of Radeon 6000-series graphics cards to play Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition on PC.

4A Games has stated that those who wish to play Metro Exodus without having a ray tracing-capable graphics card will have to play the original release of the game, which won’t disappear from players’ game libraries with the release of the Enhanced Edition.


Why Does the Enhanced Edition Need a Ray Tracing Graphics Card?

4A Games has stated that, alongside advances in ray tracing hardware and software, the studio managed to update its own proprietary game engine to allow better use of ray tracing not only in the final product, but also during development itself. The studio’s new engine allows artists to set up ray traced light sources without having to re-render the whole level, streamlining the development process by quite a bit.

The studio has also stated that, thanks to its new engine and the capabilities of the new consoles – the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S – future games released by the studio will also make use of ray tracing. This means that games released by 4A Games down the line may not run if you either don’t have one of the new consoles, or don’t have a ray tracing-enabled graphics card.


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