AMD teases RDNA 2 silicon running DirectX 12 Ultimate ray tracing demo

AMD teases next-gen RDNA 2 silicon running ray tracing tech on Microsoft's new DirectX 12 Ultimate API.

Published Thu, Mar 19 2020 10:25 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:44 AM CST

Microsoft peeled the wrapping off of its new DirectX 12 Ultimate API today, with AMD actively invovled in the middle of the new DirectX 12 Ultimate API with a new ray tracing video running on RDNA 2 silicon. Check it out:

AMD says it has been working "very closely with Microsoft to help move gaming graphics to a new level of photorealism and smoothness thanks to the four key DirectX 12 Ultimate graphics features -- DirectX Raytracing (DXR), Variable Rate Shading (VRS), Mesh Shaders, and Sampler Feedback".

AMD's new RDNA 2 architecture powers both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 consoles, as well as the next-gen Radeon graphics cards coming out later this year. There will be hardware-accelerated DXR 1.1 ray tracing support built into the new RDNA 2 architecture, which will allow next-gen console and next-gen Radeon gamers to enjoy some of the best visuals available.

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