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NVIDIA and CD Projekt RED are currently working on a real goodie for players of Cyberpunk 2077, which will be unleashed on April 11, 2023: the Overdrive Mode. Combining several ray tracing techniques into one massive package of technological and visual power, both parties promise this “technology preview” to be a taste of what’s to come in the future of video games.

“Combined, the full ray tracing of direct and global illumination give gamers the most advanced real-time lighting seen to date in gaming, and a preview of how all games will look in the future,” stated NVIDIA on its blog. The company’s DLSS 3 technology is involved as well, helping offset the loss in performance such a suckerpunch of visual effects would otherwise cause.

Each light in Cyberpunk 2077 will be ray-traced after this update, bathing anything passing by in accurate shadows. “With full ray tracing and RTXDI, now practically all light sources cast physically correct soft shadows, a feat previously unimaginable using previous approaches. Players will experience enhanced shadowing, with better depth, detail and realism,” NVIDIA wrote.

NVIDIA has already released a little teaser on what players can expect from this preview:

The Cyberpunk 2077 Ray Tracing: Overdrive Mode technology preview will come to “all PC store fronts” and will be available via GeForce NOW Ultimate as well, allowing even players without a monster machine to marvel at the visual changes thanks to game streaming.