Resident Evil Village: How To Enable Ray Tracing

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Resident Evil Village, despite inherently being pretty ugly in terms of subject matter, is one of the best looking games ever made. You can make it even prettier by enabling ray tracing.

Ray tracing is a relatively new visual flourish for games that makes the small things feel a lot bigger. Shadows become more complex and closer to life, and reflections are pretty much 1:1, whether in glass or water. Lighting also becomes considerably better with ray tracing enabled, though doing so means that your performance will take a big hit.

For that reason, ray tracing is only available for PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X | S. There’s no ray tracing on either the PS4 and Xbox One in either their stock or mid-cycle upgrades.

Here are the specs you need for PC, which also won’t be easy for the vast majority of Village players to hit:

PC Minimum ray tracing requirements
CPU: Intel Core i5-7500 / AMD Ryzen 3 1200
GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 / AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT
DirectX: 12
OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)

Recommended ray tracing requirements
CPU: Intel Core i7-8700 / AMD Ryzen 5 3600
GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 / AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT (4K, 45fps)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 / AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT (4K, 60fps)
DirectX: 12
OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)

If you hit those PC requirements or have a next-gen console, enabling ray tracing should be fairly straightforward. Here’s a video that shows what to expect.

Either from the main menu or your pause menu, go to Options and then toggle Ray Tracing to on. You should notice just from the background of the menu that the visuals are being changed.

However, having ray tracing enabled will inevitably affect performance. PC performance will vary, but both the PS5 and Xbox Series X versions will take a framerate hit down to 45fps with ray tracing enabled. The Series S version will go all the way down to 30fps

Resident Evil Village is available now for PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X | S, and Xbox One.

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