AMD confirms Resident Evil Village Ray-Tracing support with Radeon RX 6800 XT, excludes RX 6700 XT

A few days ago, AMD announced Capcom’s Resident Evil Village will use its RDNA 2 powered ray tracing and FidelityFX. It is not confirmed if this is AMD Radeon exclusive or it supports Nvidia RTX. What AMD Radeon did not also confirm is the Radeon RX 6800 XT which was announced well before this tweet.

Exclusion of Radeon RX 6700 XT…

AMD specifically says you will need AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT for the in-game’s Ray Tracing to work. No word about any other RX 6000 series graphics cards, including the recently launched RX 6700 XT. Rather strange to see AMD excluding the recently announced graphics card. AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT does support Ray Tracing via its 40 Ray Accelerators. The Radeon RX 6800 XT has 72 accelerators.

Hopefully its a marketing oversight. If it is, its a terrible one. If it is not, I am curious if the Radeon RX 6700 XT Ray-Tracing performance with the game is unusable. Of course, this is speculation, for now- despite how its optics imply. It is discouraging to see a recently launched GPU with RT support isn’t advertised with a recently announced game that supports the company’s RT. This sentence is just as exclusively ridiculous.

DXR Exclusivity- When will it end?

Whether it Nvidia or AMD (or Intel in the near future), all discrete GPUs that support Ray-Tracing works only when the game supports it. Contrary to the way one looks at RTX branding, In-game Ray-Tracing is made possible when Microsoft brought in DX-R support in 2018. Irrespective of sign-ups, exclusive ray-tracing support doesn’t sound like a good idea to encourage widespread acceptance and quicker adoption. While Nvidia does the same, they didn’t have any active competition for two of its RTX generations. The exclusive in-game Ray-Tracing lock should die away eventually (and sooner) or universally frowned upon as long both developers and OS support it. Until then, expect such announcements.

The State of AMD

AMD assured the Radeon’s RX 6700 XT will have better availability. Although that’s something that’s universally joked about. There’s also an issue with the situation here in India Srinivas M Reddy, the Country Head – Channel Sales and Distribution, India and SAARC for AMD told IGN India, “The Radeon RX 6700 XT cards will be sold through our channel partners and will be available across key retailers and etailers from March 17, aligned to the global launch. The suggested retail price of the cards starts from INR 38,990 +18 % GST.”

AMD doesn’t have a stellar record of local pricing compared to Nvidia since the Radeon RX 480. This was when scalping, production issues, current import restrictions in India, etc. global pandemic, etc. were not an issue. The hope for a reasonably priced AMD graphics card is a cynic one. The issue regarding global stocks of graphics involving both AMD and Nvidia can be easily used as a reason. Hence, despite the official word, one should take that official pricing with a bag of salt for the time being. Hope for the best. Just don’t be disappointed if they don’t deliver what he promised.

Unethical and predatory PC HW business in India

The running joke, however, is to guess for how long that official pricing will hold hours after launch. This jest from potential buyers barely covers a concern about the PC hardware business in India is predatory and unethical. In the end, it’s the enthusiasts and fans who have to pay for it. That is extremely visible when several retailers addressed this concern on anonymity fearing threat to their business and retribution. We’ll just wait to watch patiently how the whole mess unfolds in the future.

Resident Evil Village is currently listed for pre-order on Steam, but it is also available for leading gaming consoles. As of now, there’s no minimum and recommended specs listed. Residental Evil is based on its in-house engine and set to release on May 7th. AMD listed its own Recommendation with and without Ray Tracing. In both graphics settings, an AMD Ryzen 5 1600 is enough, with Radeon RX 5700 listed for non-Ray Tracing gameplay.

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