Nvidia just unveiled the open beta of RTX Remix, a pioneering platform designed for skilled modders to remaster classic games. This includes the application of AI technologies to enhance textures, lighting, and more. This platform was originally announced about 1.5 years ago.
RTX Remix not only enhances video game graphics for the modern era but also introduces DLSS, the company’s AI-powered upscaling to boost frame rates despite the complex Path tracing light rendering.
Furthermore, leveraging the power of generative AI, the system refines and enriches textures—a task that conventionally consumes weeks or even months when carried out by human hands, the timeline varying according to the complexity of the game. Utilizing the tensor cores inherent in GeForce RTX GPUs, the texture tool dissects low-resolution textures and crafts high-resolution counterparts that seamlessly align with the game’s unique aesthetic.
RTX Remix’s launch could mean that game remasters would require much less time with smaller teams than before, potentially at lower costs and higher quality. This promising development may usher in a new era of remastered titles, with a higher frequency of releases anticipated in the foreseeable future.
As mentioned earlier, the open beta for RTX Remix is now available. The tool is a part of Nvidia’s Studio Tools Suite and is powered by Nvidia Omniverse.
As for technical details, RTX Remix mainly consists of two parts: one that creates lights and adds remastered assets into the game, while the other aspect acts as a runtime component responsible for capturing classic game scenes and seamlessly infusing the remastered assets into the game during playback.
Nvidia says that RTX Remix works best with titles that support either DirectX 8 or 9 and there are many classic video games in the AI tool’s pipeline such as Call of Duty 2, Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Garry’s Mod, Freedom Fighters, Need for Speed Underground 2, and Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines.
However, the biggest title getting an RTX Remix first is Valve’s iconic Half-Life 2, which will get ray tracing as part of the update. This was also showcased in Nvidia’s recent RTX Remix open beta announcement. Take a look at the video below.