Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang believes that buying a graphics card without ray tracing at this point in time “is just crazy.” Speaking during the Q&A session for Nvidia’s Q2, 2019 earnings call, the Nvidia CEO outlined his belief in gaming’s ray traced future, and the growing trend towards ray tracing and RTX.
“At this point, it’s a foregone conclusion that if you’re going to buy a new graphics card, it’s going to last you two, three, four years,” Huang says, “and to not have ray tracing is just crazy.”
With the launch of Nvidia’s RTX 20-series graphics cards, led by the RTX 2080 Ti, last year, Nvidia introduced RT Cores into its GPU silicon capable of offloading ray tracing tasks. The company has been pushing hard for developers and publishers to get behind its proprietary ray tracing suite since. Most recently, the company launched its Super variant cards to compete against AMD’s RX 5700-series, which looks to be the likely reason for Huang’s reaffirming of the importance of ray tracing hardware, something AMD is yet to implement itself.