8 PS Plus Games With Ray Tracing To Try Out The Tech On PS5 | games

Ray Tracing is a technology that improves many aspects of game lighting. Thanks to the powerful hardware of the new generation of consoles, several titles already use the resource to offer more detailed graphics. Popular PlayStation 5 (PS5) games such as Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Deathloop, for example, support the technology, allowing players to trade off a bit of resolution or performance for more realistic and immersive visuals.

thinking about it TechAll Prepared a list of eight main games that use the resource and are available in the PS Plus Extra catalog. Check out the comparison between on and off modes below.

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Ray Tracing improves lighting and reflections in games for more realistic visuals – Photo: Reproduction/Filipe Garrett

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Ray Tracing is a technology that allows creating more realistic lighting, shadow, reflection and contrast effects that can simulate the path that light rays take in a natural way. This function was already used in the production of films, but it reached games only after the release of the most modern and powerful video cards. In practice, this increases the realism in games and makes the visuals even more stunning.

1. Control: Ultimate Edition

Developed by Remedy Entertainment, Control is a game that has captivated many players in the last generation and has been enhanced for the latest consoles. Its final version uses Ray Tracing technology to improve lighting and reflections, making the corridors of the Federal Control Department even more mysterious. However, it is worth noting that with RT enabled, the frame rate of the game drops from 60 to 30 fps.

Ray Tracing Improves Control: Reflections of the Ultimate Edition — Photo: Clercio Rodrigues/TechTudo

2. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Launching in November 2020 with the PS5, Spider-Man: Miles Morales is one of the PS Plus games that makes the best use of Ray Tracing. The most practical way to see the technology in action is through the windows of buildings, which reflect everything that happens on the streets and make the city much more beautiful. To make it even better, gamers can enjoy the technology in two modes: 30 fps and 4K, or 60 fps at 1440p resolution. In both cases the result is stunning.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales looks even better with ray tracing on – Photo: Clercio Rodrigues/TechTudo

Winner of two awards at The Game Awards 2021, Deathloop makes careful use of ray tracing. The game uses the feature to make lighting more natural and increase the density of shadows, improving the overall occlusion of the environment.

On the other hand, keeping RT on isn’t always a good idea: the technology limits the shooter to 30 frames per second and may not be worth it for those who prefer more fluid aiming. Those who opt out of ray tracing can play at up to 120 fps, which makes a huge difference in a first-person shooter.

Ray tracing adds depth to Deathloop’s shadows — Photo: Clercio Rodrigues/TechTudo

4. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

Published by Square Enix, Guardians of The Galaxy is an action game featuring Marvel’s space vigilantes. The title makes shy use of Ray Tracing, using the technology only to enhance the reflection of some surfaces.

Unfortunately, few objects use the resource, making RT visible only in specific environments. For example, on the hero’s ship there are several metal chairs that are affected by the traces of rays.

Guardians of the Galaxy Game Uses Ray Tracing to Enhance Reflections in Environment — Photo: Clercio Rodrigues/TechTudo

In Maneater we control a shark and must become the most fearsome predator in the ocean. Although it doesn’t have a photorealistic look, the game uses Ray Tracing to get sharper and more detailed reflections on the surface of the water.

The effect is most noticeable out at sea, where it reflects the image of buildings and ships. To work, the feature slows the game down to 30 frames per second. When RT is disabled, Maneater runs at 60 fps.

Ray tracing makes Maneater’s water more detailed — Photo: Clercio Rodrigues/TechTudo

To take advantage of the new features introduced by the new generation of consoles, Metro Exodus, which was originally released in 2019, received an update that improved the game’s performance and graphics. In addition to running in 4K and 60 fps, the improved version had all the lighting with Ray Tracing technology.

This makes game scenarios and objects react more realistically to light: environments that are not exposed to sunlight or have lights on, for example, become completely dark. But if the player uses a firearm in such a place, the area around him will light up a bit from the shooting.

The enhanced version of Metro Exodus features ray-tracing lighting — Photo: Clercio Rodrigues/TechTudo

7. Observer: System Redux

While looking great even without Ray Tracing enabled, Observer: System Redux uses this technology to simulate the reflective capabilities of various surfaces, such as mirrors and puddles of water, for example. The horror game is set in a cyberpunk world, so the feature also helps enhance the vibrant colors and unique aesthetics that mark the genre.

Observer mirrors: System Redux uses Ray Tracing technology — Photo: Clercio Rodrigues/TechTudo

Another cyberpunk themed game that uses Ray Tracing technology is Ghostrunner. While it doesn’t rely on the feature to have great environments, the first-person action game uses ray tracing to bring even more life to the reflections on the floor and walls. Another positive point is that even with RT enabled, Ghostrunner continues to run at 60 frames per second.

Ghostrunner manages to run at 60 fps with Ray Tracing enabled — Photo: Clercio Rodrigues/TechTudo

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