Windows 10 October Update features ray tracing support

The latest Windows 10 update includes support for ray tracing, enabling RTX gaming on GeForce RTX graphics cards.

Published Wed, Oct 3 2018 8:00 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:50 AM CST

NVIDIA is slowly but surely getting its next-gen GeForce RTX graphics cards into the hands of gamers, with Microsoft delivering some great news in the form of Windows 10 October Update and its ray tracing/DXR features.

Windows 10 October Update features ray tracing support |

The new Windows 10 October Update which is rolling out right now includes the DirectX Raytracing API otherwise known as DXR, and will enable both the OS itself and the hardware - in this case, NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX series cards, to support raytracing in games. We are to soon expect RTX updates for Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Battlefield V when it launches next month, Metro Exodus when it launches early next year, and more.

The addition of ray tracing support in the new Windows 10 October Update isn't the only thing worth noting: Microsoft is introducing a new 'Your Phone' feature that will let people mirror their Android smartphones on Windows 10, where you will have easy access to your apps, messages, notifications, and more. Microsoft Edge has also been updated, the Windows 10 Game Bar and Cortana have both received some code love.

You should see the Windows 10 October Update hitting your PC right now, or very soon - check now and it should even be there, ready.


Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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