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A Guide To All The Game Pass Games With Ray Tracing

Updated: Sep 24, 2023

Are you obsessed with Ray tracing like I am? It's the coolest thing to happen to gaming in a while. But let's face it: finding games that support this impressive tech isn't always easy. That's why I've put together this guide, so you can quickly and easily find all the Game Pass games with Ray tracing.


Ray tracing (rt) is a computerized lighting technique that has been around for decades in the movie animation industry. Generating "rays" in real time is complex and resource-intensive, so not until recently have we seen this fantastic technology applied to games.


I have Game Pass, and I enjoy paying for the service. I like to get the best out of my games, and playing something with more realism is always worth a shot. I compiled a list of all the games on Xbox Game Pass that support ray tracing somehow. I left out the games that needed to be hacked or modded to achieve ray tracing, such as Doom (1993), Quake, and Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020).


The games listed are for the PC, but I will point out if an Xbox Series X|S version supports ray tracing (I'll even include PlayStation 5 support for fun). I wasn't able to test all of these games myself. The games I did test were with an Nvidia RTX 3060.


RTX + Game Pass
Ray-Tracing Games on Game Pass

The list of ray tracing games continues to grow. Some offer minimal differences, while others completely change how the gameplay looks and feels. Real-time ray tracing with RTX graphics can significantly improve image quality. The frame rate (FPS) may suffer badly depending on the GPU. There's a trade-off between performance and getting the best graphics.


That's why AI-assisted hardware options like DLSS 3.0 and AMD's FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) are a great way to keep the frames high and the pictures sharp. GeForce RTX and AMD Radeon have integrated real-time ray tracing technology skillfully. With Xbox Game Pass, subscribers can enjoy many games with incredible new technology.



What is ray tracing?

Ray tracing is used in computer graphics to create more realistic and accurate images. It simulates the behavior of light in the real world by tracing the path of light rays as they interact with virtual objects in a scene.


In traditional computer graphics, objects are typically drawn as flat polygonal shapes, with shading and lighting effects added to give the illusion of depth and volume. In contrast, ray tracing takes a more physically based approach by tracing the actual path of light as it bounces off objects and travels through the virtual scene. This results in more lifelike images with accurate shadows, reflections, and refractions.


Ray tracing is computationally intensive and requires much processing power to perform in real time. However, it is often used in film and animation production, where the quality of the final image is more important than the rendering speed.



Does Xbox Game Pass have ray tracing?

Yes, Xbox Game Pass does offer games that use ray tracing. You must have an Xbox Series X|S console or a compatible PC graphics card to enable ray tracing on a game. Once these requirements are met, you can enable ray tracing from within the game's settings menu.


Game Pass Games With Ray Tracing

Below is a list of all the Game Pass games with Ray-tracing.


A Plague Tale: Requiem

A Plague Tale: Requiem is a game set in the 14th century. It follows the story of two siblings, Amicia and Hugo, as they try to escape from the clutches of the Inquisition—the game features ray tracing mainly for shadows, which isn't very noticeable. The game looks gorgeous regardless, so I'm willing to look past its weak ray-tracing implementation.


Ray Tracing Support (RTX Only)

Shadows (RTX)


Available On

PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S


A Plague Tale Requiem gameplay with RTX On
A Plague Tale: Requiem RTX On

Anvil: Vault Breaker

Anvil: Vault Breaker is a game set in the 25th century. It follows the story of a group of criminals who break into an impenetrable space station to steal its valuable contents—the game features ray tracing for reflections. Overall, the game is average, and any graphic improvements don't make it stand out. It's not one of the better Game Pass games with ray tracing.


Ray Tracing Support

Reflections


Available On

PC, Xbox Series X/S



Atomic Heart

Atomic Heart is a game set in an alternative USSR. It follows the story of an army Major who is sent to investigate a robot uprising at a remote facility—the game features ray tracing for shadows and reflections. Atomic Heart looks excellent, and the ray-tracing effects are used well to enhance the graphics without being overdone. It's one of the newest and best Game Pass games with ray tracing.


Ray Tracing Support

Shadows, Reflections (RTX)


Available On

PC


Atomic Heart character with RTX On
Atomic Heart RTX On

Battlefield 2042

Battlefield 2042 is a game set in the future of the Battlefield franchise. It features ray tracing for ambient occlusion and reflections. It also supports the latest RTX features like Nvidia DLSS 3.0 and Nvidia Reflex. Ray tracing looks fantastic, but the RTX 3060 sometimes struggles with maxed-out settings.


Ray Tracing Support

Ambient Occlusion, Reflections


Available On

PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S


RTX gameplay Battlefield 2042
Battlefield 2042 RTX On

Battlefield V

Battlefield V is a game set in World War II. It features ray tracing for reflections and shadows. The game also supports the latest RTX features like Nvidia DLSS 3.0 and Nvidia Reflex. I have not tried Battlefield V on my RTX 3060, but it would run better than Battlefield 2042 with similar settings.


Ray Tracing Support

Shadows, Reflections


Available On

PC


RTX gameplay ray-tracing enabled Battlefield 5
Battlefield V RTX On

Chorus

Chorus is a game set in the 31st century. It follows the story of two pilots thrown into the middle of an intergalactic war. The game features ray tracing for reflections. It also supports DLAA and DLSS 2.0. Ray tracing looks great in Chorus and provides realistic reflections, but the game can be taxing on lower-end graphics cards.


Ray Tracing Support

Reflections


Available On

PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S


Chorus gameplay ray tracing, dlss, rtx enabled
Chorus RTX On

Deathloop

Deathloop is a game set in an alternate reality. It follows the story of two assassins stuck in a time loop. The game features ray tracing for shadows and reflections. It also supports DLSS 2.0. Ray tracing looks great in Deathloop and provides realistic shadows and reflections. It's one of the more interesting Game Pass games with ray tracing.


Ray Tracing Support

Shadows, Reflections


Available On

PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S


Deathloop rtx, dlss, ray tracing gameplay
Deathloop RTX On

Dirt 5

Dirt 5 is a game set in the world of off-road racing. It features ray tracing for ambient occlusion, shadows, and reflections. I haven't played Dirt 5 since the ray tracing update, so I don't know how much better it makes the game look.


Ray Tracing Support

Ambient Occlusion, Shadows, Reflections


Available On

PC



Doom Eternal

Doom Eternal is a game set in the Doom universe. It features ray tracing for shadows and reflections. Doom Eternal with ray tracing shines in dark areas such as hallways and spaceship compartments. The game also supports Nvidia DLSS 2.0.


Ray Tracing Support

Shadows, Reflections


Available On

PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S


RTX, Ray tracing gameplay Doom Eternal
Doom Eternal RTX On

Exoprimal

Exoprimal is an exhilarating online action game that allows players to engage in team-based combat. In a world where advanced exosuit technology meets ferocious dinosaurs, players must utilize their skills and teamwork to overcome these formidable creatures.


With stunning graphics and immersive gameplay, Exoprimal provides an adrenaline-fueled gaming experience. Choose your exosuit, join forces with other players, and prepare for epic battles against history's most fearsome beasts. Are you ready to test your mettle and save humanity from extinction?


Ray Tracing Support

Ambient Occlusion, Shadows, Reflections


Available On

PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S


Characters from Exoprimal
Exoprimal Characters

Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 5 is a racing game with a vast selection of cars. It features ray tracing for shadows and reflections. The game also supports Nvidia DLSS 2.0 and DLAA. Although the world isn't fully ray-traced, the cars look fantastic. The world being ray-traced doesn't make much sense when traveling at 200mph! If you like admiring cars, the photo mode alone makes this one of the best Game Pass games with ray tracing.


Ray Tracing Support

Shadows, Reflections


Available On

PC, Xbox Series X/S


Forza Horizon 5 gameplay RTX on, DLSS 3, RT on
Forza Horizon 5 RTX On

Gears 5

Gears 5 is a game set in the Gears of War universe. It features ray tracing for shadows and screen space illumination. The game also supports Microsoft's DirectX Ray-tracing API. The ray tracing is not hardware-based, so it's not entirely satisfying when running on an Nvidia RTX or AMD RX series graphics card.


Ray Tracing Support

Software-based shadow and screen space global illumination


Available On

PC, Xbox Series X/S


Gears 5 RTX, Ray tracing gameplay
Gears 5 RTX On

Ghostwire: Tokyo

Ghostwire: Tokyo is an action-adventure game set in a supernatural version of Tokyo. It features ray tracing for shadows, reflections, and ambient occlusion. The game aims to create a visually stunning and immersive experience with its unique art style and use of ray tracing technology.


Ray Tracing Support

Shadows, Reflections, Ambient Occlusion


Available On

PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S


Ghostwire Tokyo night time city RTX enabled
Ghostwire Tokyo RTX On

Jurassic World Evolution 2

Jurassic World Evolution 2 is a game that lets you build your own Jurassic Park. It features ray tracing for shadows, reflections, and skylights. The game also supports Nvidia DLSS 3.0, DLSS 2.0, and DLAA. There's not a lot of difference in many of the game world elements and dinosaurs, but DLSS sure does a great job boosting the frame rate.


Ray Tracing Support

Shadows, Reflections, Sky Lights


Available On

PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S


Jurassic World Evolution 2 graphics comparison, RTX off vs RTX on
Jurassic World Evolution 2 RTX On

Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is a game set in the Marvel universe. It features ray tracing for reflections and transparent reflections. It also supports DLSS 2.0. The reflections and shadows stand out on glass elements. The spaceship's interior reflecting on the glass while flying through space looks great! I recommend this as one of the better Game Pass games with ray tracing.


Ray Tracing Support

Reflections, Transparent Reflections


Available On

PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S


RTX On gameplay Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy RTX On

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is a game set in the BattleTech universe. It features ray tracing for shadows, reflections, and light shafts. The main benefit of ray tracing for MechWarrior 5 is the shadows. They look great, and the game's impressive graphics are taken to the next level.


Ray Tracing Support

Shadows, Reflections, Light Shafts


Available On

PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S


DLSS off vs DLSS on comparison, MechWarrior 5 gameplay
MechWarrior 5 RTX On

Minecraft

Minecraft is a game that features ray tracing for shadows, reflections, and global illumination. It also supports Nvidia DLSS 2.0. Minecraft with RTX enabled looks impressive, especially the water. The downside is you must find an RTX-enabled world on the marketplace to enable ray tracing. This is one of my favorite casual Game Pass games with ray tracing.


Ray Tracing Support

Shadows, Reflections, Global Illumination when on an RTX-Supported World


Available On

PC


Minecraft world with RTX On
Minecraft RTX On

Mortal Shell: Enhanced Edition

Mortal Shell: Enhanced Edition is a game that features ray tracing for shadows. It also supports DLSS 2.0. The ray-tracing effects are minimal in this game. While some lighting elements (fire, flares) look improved, reflections and shadows are relatively the same.


Ray Tracing Support

Shadows


Available On

PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Amazon Luna (maybe)


Comparing Native 4k vs DLSS 4k in Mortal Shell
Mortal Shell RTX On

Paradise Killer

Paradise Killer is a game set on a tropical island. It features ray tracing for reflections. It also supports DLSS 2.0. The ray tracing in Paradise Killer is good, but the game's graphics are not as impressive as other ray tracing games.


Ray Tracing Support

Reflections (DirectX 12)


Available On

PC


DLSS off vs DLSS on, RTX On, Paradise Killer
Paradise Killer RTX On

The Ascent

The Ascent is a game set in a cyberpunk world. It features ray tracing for shadows, reflections, and ambient occlusion. The ray tracing in The Ascent is impressive, especially the shadows. It also supports DLSS 2.0.


Ray Tracing Support

Shadows, Reflections (DirectX 12), Ambient Occlusion (DirectX 12)


Available On

PC


The Ascent RTX gameplay
The Ascent RTX On

The Riftbreaker PC

The Riftbreaker is a game that features ray tracing for shadows and reflections. The Riftbreaker's visuals are good, but the game's aesthetics pale compared to other ray-tracing video games.


Ray Tracing Support

Shadows, Reflections


Available On

PC


Riftbreaker RTX On gameplay
Riftbreaker RTX On

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is a game set in the Warhammer 40k universe. It features ray tracing for reflections and global illumination. It also supports Nvidia DLSS 3.0 and DLSS 2.0. With full ray tracing enabled, Warhammer Darktide looks pretty awesome and is one of the best games on this list -- but it BSOD me a few times. I guess the RTX 3060 wasn't fully prepared or capable.


Ray Tracing Support

Reflections, Global Illumination


Available On

PC


Warhammer 40K Darktide RTX enabled gameplay, ray-tracing
Warhammer 40K: Darktide RTX On

Reviving Older Games: The Exciting Possibilities of Ray Tracing!

Ray-tracing is not just for new games. Some developers are dusting off the shelf and cleaning up some of their older yet beloved franchises.


The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is one example. CD Projekt Red has released a ray tracing update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, breathing new life into the game's stunning world. With ray-traced shadows, reflections, and new 4K graphic updates, the already immersive experience of being a monster-slaying witcher becomes even more visually captivating.


As Geralt traverses through lush forests, treacherous swamps, and bustling cities, the ray tracing technology adds more realism and depth to the game. The shadows cast by towering trees are now more lifelike as they accurately interact with the changing sunlight. The reflections on rippling water surfaces shimmer with stunning accuracy, making every moment spent exploring the vast open world a visual treat.


But not just The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt benefits from ray tracing. Other older games, such as Minecraft, Crysis, and Control, have also received ray-tracing updates, allowing players to experience these beloved titles in a new light.



In Minecraft, the blocky landscapes are transformed into breathtaking vistas with realistic lighting and shadows. Every ray of sunlight that filters through the trees casts intricate shadows, creating a truly immersive and atmospheric gameplay experience.


In Crysis, the already visually stunning environments now boast even more realistic lighting and reflections. The game's iconic Nanosuit shines with even greater detail, making players feel like they're truly stepping into the shoes of a super-powered soldier.


In Control, the eerie atmosphere of the Bureau of Control becomes even more haunting with ray tracing. The realistic reflections and shadows enhance the game's intricate architecture and supernatural elements, adding a layer of depth to every corner of the Bureau.


Ray tracing has revolutionized the gaming industry, allowing developers to breathe new life into their older titles. It's an exciting time for gamers as they can revisit their favorite games and experience them in a new way. With the advent of ray tracing technology, games are taking on a new level of visual splendor.

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