When Ampere was announced, NVIDIA showed off a video of Fortnite running with ray tracing. We're talking reflections, shadows, global illumination, and ambient occlusion From the video, it makes the game look a whole lot better, but we never got a date on when it would come out.
Well now we do. September 17th is when the patch comes out to let you play with all these cool RTX features, just in time for all those Ampere cards coming out.
Performance wise, we'll have to wait to see on the reviews at how well it runs and we shall have one ready to go once the embargo is up. In the meantime, you can see some of the pictures I took of the card we have on hand. But, ray tracing implementations will affect games differently in terms of performance so I'm curious as to how well Fortnite does with all those graphical improvements turned on. To help, DLSS will be available in Fortnite to help boost performance and maybe improve on the image quality with the help of AI.
In addition, the patch will also enable NVIDIA Reflex, to help minimize latency when running from the storm and shooting your enemies. I think this is the first game that will take advantage of that, so I'm going to be seeing what others say about this one as I don't have the tools to see how well NVIDIA Reflex works. Reflex is coming to a lot of first person shooters though such as Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Valorant, Apex Legends, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and Destiny 2.
Fortnite's going to look a lot prettier come September 17th for those who can go full bore with RTX.