The cult video game Portal, which was released back in 2007 and spawned a whole sea of memes, will receive a major free add-on very soon, on December 8th, thanks to which the game will support ray tracing. Initially, this event was announced during the presentation of NVIDIA, when it introduced the RTX 4080 and RTX 4090 to the world, and now the DLC developers have officially announced the release date. It is worth noting that in addition to supporting ray tracing, the game also received completely redesigned textures and high-resolution models. In the end, the project looks just phenomenal – with realistic reflections and modern lighting, you can’t even tell that the project is 15 years old.
Separately, it is worth mentioning that Portal after the upgrade will also receive support for DLSS 3 image upscaling technology, which is currently available only to some video games. However, there is also bad news. The same DLSS 3 is supported exclusively by video cards of the RTX 40 line. And although many may decide that they do not need upscaling, because the game is old and will easily run on relatively fresh video cards, in reality the situation has changed. After installing the DLC, the system requirements for Portal will increase greatly, so it will be very difficult to play on a video card lower than the RTX 3060.
Moreover, to run the project after the update at 1080p at 60 FPS, the gamer will need an RTX 3080 graphics card. For a 2007 game, even after the graphics update, these are extremely high requirements, since in fact even RTX 3060 at 1080p can now run at maximum graphics settings at 60 FPS, everything except Cyberpunk 2077. And Portal is also a rather simple game in technical terms – probably it was simply poorly optimized. But if a gamer wants to play 2K at 60 FPS, then they need to buy an RTX 4080, which is beyond understanding. On the RTX 4080, you can safely run any AAA game, but requiring it for Portal is at least strange.
Source: Trash Box
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