Nvidia shares first Battlefield 2042 PC trailer using ray-traced effects

DLSS and Reflex coming to one of the most eagerly-awaited games of the year.

Nvidia DLSS and Nvidia Reflex will be implemented, too. Early Access starts November 12.

With Battlefield V being something of an RTX On standard-bearer for Nvidia, the lack of mention of ray-traced graphics in the upcoming Battlefield 2042 became conspicuous by its absence. Now Nvidia has stepped up to assure its GeForce RTX series owners that not only will Battlefield 2042 feature ray-tracing effects, but performance boosts from its DLSS technology, and optimised latency thanks to Nvidia Reflex technology.

Above you can see the short but intense Battlefield 2042 ‘Official PC trailer with RTX On’. The footage was captured in game using an Nvidia RTX 30-series GPU.

In the PC trailer, you can see that the ray tracing on offer in this game doesn’t produce superstar glitzy reflections. Instead, it is used to simply add realism to shadows. Ray-Traced Ambient Occlusion (RTAO) “accurately adds shadows where game elements occlude light,” explains Nvidia on its GeForce Blog.

The blog implies that other PC graphics cards will be able to make use of this ray traced graphical feature, as it mentions that any Microsoft DirectX ray tracing (DXR)-capable graphics card or laptop GPU can tackle the effect. However, Nvidia trumpets the acceleration of this effect thanks to its dedicated RT cores in modern RTX graphics cards.

It will be worthwhile to visit the GeForce blog to pixel peep the RTAO on/off interactive comparison images – the effect is quite subtle and might not be really noticed in fast-paced, 128 simultaneous-player gaming action.

Features that will be exclusive to Nvidia RTX GPU users are the Nvidia DLSS and Nvidia Reflex technologies. Most readers will be well aware of the framerate boosts with minimal quality downsides afforded by the AI-powered DLSS. Working alongside Nvidia Reflex, with its latency benefits, you should experience fast and responsive gameplay in a suitably balanced PC. Understandably, we aren’t seeing performance numbers for the benefits of DLSS and Reflex at this pre-Early Access stage.

Battlefield 2042 Early Access is going live on Friday, November 12. You will need to have pre-ordered the Gold or Ultimate editions of Battlefield 2042 or be an EA Play Pro member to partake. If those stars align for you, Nvidia recommends its latest Game Ready driver, but the Battlefield 2042 GeForce Game Ready Driver that launches shortly before the game’s general release on Friday, November 19.