With today’s announcement from Microsoft of DirectX 12 Ultimate, both NVIDIA and AMD are also chiming in to reiterate their support for the new feature set, and to note their involvement in the process. For AMD, DirectX 12 Ultimate goes hand-in-hand with their forthcoming RDNA2 architecture, which will be at the heart of the Xbox Series X console, and will be AMD’s first architecture to support DirectX 12 Ultimate’s new features, such as ray tracing and variable rate shading.

To that end, as part of Microsoft’s overall DirectX Developer Day presentation, AMD is showing off raytracing running on an RDNA2 for the first time in public. Running an AMD-built demo they call “Futuristic City”, the demo incorporates DXR 1.0 and 1.1 features, to produce what can only be described as a very shiny demo.

It should be noted that this demo was a recording – as all of the Microsoft dev day presentations were – though there is little reason to doubt its authenticity. AMD also showed off an RT recording a couple of weeks back for Financial Analyst day, and presumably this is the same trailer.

Source: AMD

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  • shabby - Friday, March 20, 2020 - link

    Yup I think amd forgot how to make demos.
  • mode_13h - Friday, March 20, 2020 - link

    OMG, the face-sag of that dude in the corner of the AMD slides immediately makes me worried he's having a stroke. I know there are other things that can cause that, however.

    I knew a guy who had a minor stroke at about the age of 25. It's not just seniors that have to worry.
  • Spunjji - Monday, March 23, 2020 - link

    It's entirely possible that's the normal for his face - Bell's Palsy can be caused by many things and I know a few people who have it permanently.
  • mode_13h - Friday, March 20, 2020 - link

    Regarding the video: OMG, look out! It's Nvidia behind you!
  • chrkv - Friday, March 20, 2020 - link

    Is there a reason why only Xbox is mentioned to have RDNA 2 while PS5's GPU is confirmed by Sony to have the same architecture?
  • Zizy - Friday, March 20, 2020 - link

    Because this is a DXR tech demo and only Xbox will use that.
  • BlakeBB - Friday, March 20, 2020 - link

    Bite my shiny metal as.s!
  • BenSkywalker - Friday, March 20, 2020 - link

    That looks like a cube map demo, and not a good one.
  • willis936 - Friday, March 20, 2020 - link

    Cube maps only work for static scenery.
  • yeeeeman - Friday, March 20, 2020 - link

    Where is the ray tracing? Looks like a demo made for Radeon 9700 Pro.

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