Poll: Are You Excited for Ray Tracing?

By Sean Carey,
It's Friday, which means it's time for another TA Poll. Last week we asked you what game you were most excited for this October. Unsurprisingly, Obsidian's single-player RPG, The Outer Worlds, stole the show with 42.5% of the vote, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare coming in second with 14.58%.

This week, we are looking at hardware, and more specifically, ray tracing. Xbox Project Scarlett boasts some impressive specs. Four times more powerful than the Xbox One X, Scarlett will feature a speculated 1.6GHz AMD Ryzen Zen 2 CPU, 16GB GDDR6 SDRAM, a 1TB SSD, and supports frame rates of up to 120fps and resolutions of up to 8K. The AMD Arcturus GPU also supports what has become an industry buzzword, ray tracing. The video below shows how ray tracing looks in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on a PC.

Ray tracing is a rendering technique that produces realistic lighting and shadows effects in a scene. Ray tracing mimics how light works in the real world by modelling beams of light coming from a source, or even multiple sources, and calculating how they'd affect a scene. This technique can produce stunning lighting effects and makes things like reflections and shadows more life-like. However, it does come at a cost; it takes a lot of processing power to render the effects, especially in video games where movement is often fast. Most high-end gaming PC's — with high-priced graphics cards — take a hit in terms of performance with ray tracing enabled, with frame rates being cut on higher resolutions and graphics having to be dropped to lower presets. It's going to be interesting to see how Microsoft implements the rendering technique and what might have to be compromised on.

So we want to know, is ray tracing a feature of Project Scarlett that you're excited for, or do you think it's just another industry buzzword that's used to produce hype? Let us know in this weeks poll and in the comments below.
Are you excited for ray tracing?
  • Yes28.17% (768)
  • No21.2% (578)
  • Maybe — I'd need to see more31.47% (858)
  • I don't understand what it is19.15% (522)
We've had 2726 responses.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey everyone! I'm Sean. I have been writing gaming content for various outlets over the past few years while studying a degree in Journalism. I grew up on everything PlayStation — mainly Metal Gear Solid, with a brief foray into the world of Xbox. Nowadays, you'll find me mainly playing multiplayer PC games, but with the recent addition of the Xbox Game Pass for PC, I'm looking forward to improving my TA Score.