Microsoft has reportedly started testing raytracing in Minecraft earlier this week however it was an error. minecraft has been removed.
The feature was introduced in a preview update for Xbox consoles, but it was removed shortly after news spread about its inclusion. The preview included previews of raytracing, both for Series X and Series S consoles. However, Microsoft claims that it was not necessary in the first place.
"The previous Minecraft Preview build available to Xbox Insiders inadvertently included prototype code to support raytracing on Xbox consoles," the company confirmed. "This early prototype code was removed from Preview and doesn't suggest any future plans to bring raytracing support to consoles."
The previous Minecraft Preview build available to Xbox Insiders inadvertently included prototype code for raytracing support on Xbox consoles. This preview code was not designed to indicate any future plans for support for raytracing on consoles, has been removed.
It's true - just because they're testing it does not mean Minecraft will be able to raytrace on Xbox consoles any time in the near future. Even though Microsoft teased raytracing support in the past two years.
Although Microsoft has now nixed the update and explained that it won't be coming to your Xbox consoles in the near future but it does indicate that Microsoft is clearly working on the feature. It could eventually be added to Xbox consoles.
Raytracing is only available in Minecraft on Windows. It is enhanced by Nvidia's DLSS upscaling, which helps to increase frame rates. A comparison of Minecraft with raytracing switched on and off shows just how impressive this feature could be:
Minecraft historians recently discovered a long-lost Minecraft update. The Secret Saturday update (Alpha 1.1.1) was available for just 3 hours in 2010.
The mysterious nature of the latest Raytracing Update has raised the question as to whether Xbox gamers will ever be capable of saving the defunct Minecraft version. Or has auto-update rendered it obsolete?
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