Half-Life 2 to get path tracing mode via RTX Remix
Highlights of the story
- A modder is developing a path tracing mod for Half-Life 2 using RTX Remix.
- RTX Remix recently went open source on GitHub.
- The RTX mod for Half-Life 2 is currently a work in progress and not yet available to download and use.
A modder named Igor Zdroowicz NVIDIA’s RTX Remix is developing a path tracing mod for Half-Life 2. The modder also retweeted several screenshots of the path tracing mod in action on the classic first-person shooter game. The images show a massive improvement in graphics over the original.
NVIDIA just open-sourced its Portal RTX Remix runtime for use by the modding community.
This allows modders to add ray tracing to existing source games/mods without runtime changes.
Modder @igorzdroowicz Already done this on Half Life 2 and it looks awesome… pic.twitter.com/8ukCsmILXm
— Lambda Generation (@LambdaGen) April 12, 2023
RTX Remix is a modding toolset from NVIDIA that allows modders to add path tracing to older PC games and integrates AI to further enhance graphics. The RTX Remix toolset has recently turned open source. GitHubwhich further helps the modding community give old classic games a visual makeover to harness the full potential of NVIDIA’s RTX cards.
As for the other side of the story, Valve’s Half-Life 2 came out almost two decades ago in November 2004. The game was nothing short of a masterpiece, as it inspired many single-player and multiplayer FPS games that followed. . While the game’s graphics are pretty old-school by modern industry standards, the path-tracing mod in question is trying to get the title up to speed on that front by using NVIDIA’s RTX Remix.
Working on HL2RTX (using Portal Rtx Remix).#hl2 #Half Life 2 #Pathtracing #Destroyed environment #Very true # Source 1 pic.twitter.com/FYy0yCOVFT
— Igor Zdroowicz (@igorzdroowicz) April 4, 2023
Looking back, a modder released a path tracing mod for SWAT 4 in December 2022 using the RTX Remix toolset. The newly modified SWAT 4 looked great with improved graphics. At the time it was expected that most older games would get a visual makeover thanks to the RTX Remix toolset, which seems more true than ever now that the toolset has been open sourced.
That said, it’s important to note that an RTX mod for Half-Life 2 is still a work in progress. Currently there is no way to download and use the mod, but the mod will likely be made available to users soon.
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