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NVIDIA have announced that Quake II RTX, the ray-traced remaster of Quake II is going to release in full with Linux support on June 6th. They've said that anyone will be able to download it and try out the first three levels for free. If you own Quake II, you will be able to play through the campaign in full and play against others online.

They also have a new trailer to show off:

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Additionally, the full source code will also be posted up on GitHub. This release will come with a ton of other improvements they noted like new dynamic environments, time of day options, new weapon models and textures, dynamic lighting on various objects, a high-quality screenshot mode, support for the older OpenGL renderer (the main game uses Vulkan), multiplayer support and so on.

Minimum system requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit or Ubuntu 16.04 LTS 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-3220, or AMD equivalent
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, or higher
  • Storage: 2GB available space

Really nice to see Linux on such equal footing here, getting support at exactly the same time. This pleases me.

You can see the original announcement here. If you want to grab a copy of the full game to be ready with the content, you can grab it on the Humble Store.

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fabertawe 27 May 2019 at 11:15 am UTC
I loved this on the PS1 and would love to play it (RTX) on my Linux desktop but I can't see me ditching my GTX 970 until it packs up. Or I win the lottery. It looks gorgeous though.
Vortex_Acherontic 27 May 2019 at 11:16 am UTC
lqe5433Every Vulkan extension is open source, no?
Yes they are, but if you don't have the hardware capabilities even an open standard will not enable stuff which is just not supported by the hardware.
But I don't know how exactly the VK Extensions work and if even non RTX hardware could make use of them with significantly lower fps but I do not expect them to work on any non RTX hardware.


Last edited by Vortex_Acherontic on 27 May 2019 at 11:17 am UTC
appetrosyan 27 May 2019 at 11:36 am UTC
Here's the beauty of openSource. If Id Software hadn't released the code as GPL, their current contract with AMD would make this if not impossible, then unlikely.

Another good news, is that even if RTX cards are the only currently capable of running this at 60Hz, both AMD and Nvidia non-RTX cards would be able to run this in the future.
Kristian 27 May 2019 at 12:20 pm UTC
I was able to run(with bad performance, but that is a different matter) Q2VKPT on my laptop with a GTX 1070 because they extended the support for the ray tracing extensions to GTX cards in a recent driver update. I found a news post about it here: https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=NVIDIA-418.52.05-Released
Ardje 27 May 2019 at 1:14 pm UTC
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TimeFreeze*Cries in AMD*
You can't RTX in AMD, but RTX is an NVidia proprietary API.
Just do plain pathtracing with AMD, it should perform better.
http://amietia.com/q2pt.html
I assume there is probably a generic vulkan version to with a denoiser.
Kristian 27 May 2019 at 7:05 pm UTC
Ardje
TimeFreeze*Cries in AMD*
You can't RTX in AMD, but RTX is an NVidia proprietary API.
Just do plain pathtracing with AMD, it should perform better.
http://amietia.com/q2pt.html
I assume there is probably a generic vulkan version to with a denoiser.

Going by the screenshots on that website port has no denoising, is that right?
Linas 27 May 2019 at 8:08 pm UTC
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ArdjeYou can't RTX in AMD, but RTX is an NVidia proprietary API.

Just like CUDA vs OpenCL, this is so typical of NVIDIA to push their proprietary APIs.

I hope that this will not become the norm. I'd really hate to see the world when you would need to choose your games based on what vendor of GPU you installed.
Ehvis 27 May 2019 at 9:41 pm UTC
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LinasJust like CUDA vs OpenCL, this is so typical of NVIDIA to push their proprietary APIs.

RTX is not an api, it's just a name for the hardware acceleration. The api is the Vulkan extension.
Kristian 27 May 2019 at 9:45 pm UTC
Ehvis
LinasJust like CUDA vs OpenCL, this is so typical of NVIDIA to push their proprietary APIs.

RTX is not an api, it's just a name for the hardware acceleration. The api is the Vulkan extension.

Is the specification for the extension open or closed/proprietary?
Ehvis 27 May 2019 at 9:59 pm UTC
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Kristian
Ehvis
LinasJust like CUDA vs OpenCL, this is so typical of NVIDIA to push their proprietary APIs.

RTX is not an api, it's just a name for the hardware acceleration. The api is the Vulkan extension.

Is the specification for the extension open or closed/proprietary?

The specification is open as are all Khronos registered extensions. The only implementation so far is in the nvidia proprietary driver and therefore closed. I don't think that will change any time soon.
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