A new video of Mario Kart 8 with ray tracing enabled has surfaced from German modder Digital Dreams, giving the game a whole new level of polish.
A new video of Mario Kart 8 with ray tracing enabled has surfaced today from German modder Digital Dreams. The modder is known for uploading videos of video games with enhanced, photorealistic graphics using the CEMU Emulator, a closed-source Wii U emulator. Many of these videos apply ray tracing to older games, which is a lighting technique that is newer within game development and one of the flagship features for the next generation of consoles.
With every new console generation, companies like Microsoft and Sony have put more emphasis on the graphical capabilities of their consoles, and this generation is no different. Ray tracing is often used as a vehicle for tech demos with these systems to showcase just how powerful they are. For Nintendo, however, the focus has been less on how powerful its consoles are, and more about the art direction. In some cases, this has paid off tremendously. First-party games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey are truly breathtaking, but third-party games like Apex Legends are often hit with graphical downgrades simply because the Nintendo Switch is not as powerful.