Battlefield 2042 trailer shows the Ray Tracing gameplay

It’s finally November, and that means some of the biggest games of 2021 are only a few days away. One of the biggest is Battlefield 2042, the next entry in EA’s goliath shooter franchise. EA has promised that Battlefield 2042 will be a true next generation experience, and nowhere is that promise more evident than the ray tracing trailer released earlier today.

Released on the Nvidia YouTube channel, the ray tracing trailer gives a look Battlefield 2042 runs on PC with RTX enabled, as well as a few other PC-centric features. It’s the most impressive trailer Battlefield 2042 has released as far as the visual range, giving a great look at the flashy lighting effects that ray tracing provides.

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In addition to these RTX effects, Battlefield 2042 will feature Nvidia’s DLSS technology, AI software that helps keep the game’s performance consistent. The feature has a demonstrable track record of improving framerates in the titles that support it, while maintaining fairly consistent quality across the board. It’s one of the most impressive advances that Nvidia has seen in a long time, so it’s good to see that work in Battlefield 2042.

The third feature that the trailer announces is the Nvidia Reflex, which according to Nvidia is intended to measure and optimize latency in competing games. Coupled, the functions must make the PC version of Battlefield 2042 buttery compared to the alternatives. Although the console ports are not necessarily poor in performance, there are some shortcomings compared to their PC counterpart. E.g, Battlefield 2042 does not support 120Hz on PS5 and Xbox Series X.

In particular, this recording was recorded on a 30-series graphics card. Although it is an impressive visual showcase, few players will be able to run Battlefield 2042 at the quality level shown in the trailer. Ray tracing alone is incredibly strenuous on PCs, especially with such a demanding game as Battlefield 2042. While most high-end gaming rigs will be able to take advantage of some of the features, fans with modest hardware should keep their expectations in check.

There are just a few more weeks Battlefield 2042 launched and marketing begins to warm up. That Battlefield 2042 open beta painted an early picture of what to expect, and while it received a lukewarm reception, EA and developer DICE have already detailed some improvements coming to the final version. It includes basic elements like UI enhancements and other tweaks, though fans still have some major concerns about the specialist system.

Battlefield 2042 will be released on November 19 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X.

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