Ray tracing is all the rage right now thanks to the way the lighting technology enhances the visuals of any video game that uses it. But a new mod promises to let players apply ray tracing to older games as well, like Grand Theft Auto 5. And the results are breathtaking.
Ray tracing is a rendering technique that generates an image by tracing the path of light as pixels and then simulating the effects of its interactions with objects. Though it might sound simple enough, the results of ray tracing technology on any game is incredible.
Now, a modder has taken a popular ray tracing shader mod and applied it to Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto 5. The video shows off various areas and vistas in the world of Los Santos before and after the application of ray tracing. The results become more amazing as the video progresses.
The mod is called ReShade and its creator, Pascal Glicher, has been funding its development on Patreon since April. The GTA 5 video was created by one of Glicher's Patreon supporters, who used an alpha version of ReShade as a demonstration.
While some areas of Los Santos benefit more from the addition of ray tracing, the mod seems to improve the visual look of the game across the board.
Ray tracing has already been incorporated into games like Battlefield 5 and is a selling point for Nvidia's new 2080 line of graphics cards. PlayStation 4 lead architect Mark Cerny also said ray tracing will be a big part of Sony's next-generation console, so presumably the technology will be incorporated in a variety of next-gen games. And on PC thanks to mods like ReShade, it should be possible to apply the technology to older games as well.