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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Ray Tracing and DLSS

NVIDIA Released a pair of videos to introduce Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Some of the next generation technologies that the game supports. One video shows raytracing on / off and the second video is shown side by side with NVIDIA DLSS.

Ray tracing – realistic shadows, realistic depth

The first video shows raytraced shadows from the sun / local light source and ambient occlusion with an on / off swipe. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War It features DirectX 12 Ultimate ray-traced ambient occlusion, local shadows, and sun shadows. These are accelerated by RTX for more immersive gameplay.

Notice how shadows create continuous silhouettes with contact hardening and high resolution details, without aliasing or self-shadowing. Ambient occlusion adds depth to the environment and makes it look more realistic. This shading technique determines the amount of light that hits objects in the scene.

The video was captured in 4K resolution Ultra Settings using the GeForce RTX 3090 DLSS.

DLSS – Beautiful and crisp images, higher frame rates

The second video is a split screen video with DLSS on and off. The interesting part is in the upper corner in the form of a frame counter. It’s difficult to distinguish between the two in terms of image quality, but the “DLSS on” frame counter is usually about twice as large as the DLSS off. NVIDIA DLSS increases frame rate by up to 85% on GeForce RTX GPUs in 4K for the fastest and highest fidelity Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War experience.

The video was captured in 4K resolution Ultra Settings using DLSS performance mode on the GeForce RTX 3080.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War It is a tech showcase

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War NVIDIA technology is fully loaded, including:

  • RTX Acceleration Ray Trace Ambient Occlusion, Local Shadows, and Sun Shadow Effects for more immersive gameplay.
  • NVIDIA DLSS improves frame rate while producing beautiful and crisp game images.
  • NVIDIA Reflex reduces system latency.
  • The campaign’s NVIDIA Ansel allows you to frame and snap your own high-resolution screenshots.
  • NVIDIA highlights in multiplayer automatically record and save the most entertaining moments in the game.

The game also bundles GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 GPUs.

NVIDIA Provides Vulkan Ray Tracing Developer Drivers and Nsight Graphics Support

For those who missed it, yesterday the official Khronos Vulkan Ray Tracing extension was completed and NVIDIA released a new NVIDIA Developer Driver that provides support. Our goal is to include support for these extensions in future Game Ready Drivers and Studio Drivers, in line with raytracing support in the Vulkan SDK in mid-December. In addition, Nsight Graphics 2020.6 was released today to support the Vulkan Ray Tracing extension.

Introducing ray tracing to Vulkan is a multi-year effort by many companies, and NVIDIA has taken active leadership at each stage of its evolution. Elected to chair the Balkan Ray Tracing Subgroup of Kronos, providing Kronos with a vendor extension design to support the rapid progress of the Balkan Working Group, and a provisional version of the Balkan Ray Tracing Extension for developer availability. Feedback to the subgroup that shipped the driver.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Ray Tracing and DLSS

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