- A modder is developing a path-tracing mod for Half-Life 2 using RTX Remix.
- RTX Remix recently went open-source on GitHub.
- The RTX mod for Half-Life 2 is currently a work in progress and is not available to download and use yet.
A modder by the name of Igor Zdrowowicz is developing a path-tracing mod for Half-Life 2 via NVIDIA’s RTX Remix. The modder also retweeted several screenshots of the path-tracing mod in action on the classic first-person shooter game. The images show a massive improvement in graphics compared to the original.
NVIDIA just open-sourced their Portal RTX Remix Runtime for the modding community to use.
This allows modders to add ray tracing to existing Source games/mods without changes to runtime.
— LambdaGeneration (@LambdaGen) April 12, 2023
RTX Remix is a modding toolset by NVIDIA that allows the modders to add path-tracing to older games PC games and integrates AI to enhance the graphics further. The RTX Remix toolset recently went open-source on GitHub, which further helps the modding community to give old classic games a visual makeover to utilize the full capabilities of NVIDIA’s RTX cards.
As for the other side of the story, Valve‘s Half-Life 2 came out about two decades ago, in November 2004. The game was nothing short of a masterpiece, as it inspired many single-player and multiplayer FPS games that came out after it. While the game’s graphics are fairly old school by modern industry standards, the path-tracing mod in question is striving to get the title up to speed on that front by utilizing NVIDIA’s RTX Remix
— Igor Zdrowowicz (@igorzdrowowicz) April 4, 2023
Looking back, a modder released a path-tracing mod for SWAT 4 by using the RTX Remix toolset in December 2022. The newly modded SWAT 4 looked terrific with the enhanced graphics. It was expected back then that most older games would be able to receive a visual makeover owing to the RTX Remix toolset, which appears to be more accurate than ever now that the toolset has gone open source.
That said, it is important to note that the RTX mod for Half-Life 2 is still a work in progress. There is no way to download and use the mod currently, but the mod will likely be made available for users soon.
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