It's official, Minecraft with Ray Tracing is now a reality and is coming soon. Nvidia just released a trailer showcasing the game comparing when RTX is On/Off. For those that don't know, ray tracing is a rendering technique that helps create much more realistic lighting in virtual environments. It essentially traces light all the way to objects in a setting, and uses advanced algorithms to determine how light interacts with objects and how they react visually. This feature is currently available only for PCs, and Nvidia GPU's in particular.
So now the real question is, can your PC run Minecraft?
Quoted from Nvidia:
Together, NVIDIA and game developer Mojang are adding path tracing, an advanced form of ray tracing, to the Windows 10 version of the game. To showcase this technology to its full potential, the teams have added a physically based material pipeline to Minecraft to bring the most popular game to life. Now we can simulate light as you might expect to see in reality such as how light illuminates a room entering from a window, realistic color mixing from individual light rays, different levels of reflectivity depending on the material and so much more!