Cyberpunk 2077 Ultra, Overdrive Ray Tracing mode for early video comparison highlights significant differences

Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the best games released in the last few years, but CD Projekt Red can hardly improve the open-world role-playing game’s visuals, as the addition of Overdrive mode will take the game’s implementation of ray tracing to the next level.

A new comparison video put together by Cycu1 pairs footage from the game at Ultra settings with the footage currently available from Overdrive mode, highlighting how much this mode will improve the game’s visuals, with better lighting, indirect reflections, and more.

Below can be found a full overview of the improvements, such as NVIDIA RTX Direct Illumination, coming to Cyberpunk 2077 with Overdrive mode, which will be added to the game with a free update.

  • NVIDIA RTX Direct Illumination (RTXDI) technology provides every neon sign, streetlight, car light, LED billboard, and precise lighting and shadows for TV, shower fixtures, walls, passing cars, and pedestrians with accurate color illumination;
  • Now the indirect ray-traced illumination and reflections bounce multiple times, compared to the single bounce of the previous solution. The result is more subtle, realistic, and immersive lighting, reflections, and self-reflections;
  • Ray-traced reflections are now rendered at full resolution, further improving their quality;
  • The improved material-based illumination eliminates the need for any other occlusion techniques.

Cyberpunk 2077 is now available on PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox One worldwide. The game’s major expansion, Phantom Liberty, will be released this year on PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X | S.

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