Thursday, April 11th 2019

NVIDIA Also Releases Tech Demos for RTX: Star Wars, Atomic Heart, Justice Available for Download

We've seen NVIDIA's move to provide RTX effects on older, non-RT capable hardware today being met with what the company was certainly expecting: a cry of dismay from users that now get to see exactly what their non-Turing NVIDIA hardware is capable of. The move from NVIDIA could be framed as a way to democratize access to RTX effects via Windows DXR, enabling users of its GTX 1600 and 1000 series of GPUs to take a look at the benefits of raytracing; but also as an upgrade incentive for those that now see how their performance is lacking without the new specialized Turing cores to handle the added burden.

Whatever your side of the fence on that issue, however, NVIDIA has provided users with one more raytraced joy today. Three of them, in fact, in the form of three previously-shown tech demos. The Star Wars tech demo (download) is the most well known, certainly, with its studies on reflections on Captain Phasma's breastplate. Atomic Heart (download) is another one that makes use of RTX for reflections and shadows, while Justice (download) adds caustics to that equation. If you have a Turing graphics card, you can test these demos in their full glory, with added DLSS for improved performance. If you're on Pascal, you won't have that performance-enhancing mode available, and will have to slog it through software computations. Follow the embedded links for our direct downloads of these tech demos.
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30 Comments on NVIDIA Also Releases Tech Demos for RTX: Star Wars, Atomic Heart, Justice Available for Download

#1
15th Warlock
Good, how idiotic of Nvidia to not make these demos available since day one, I was one of those who invested in RTX early on, and then was starved from any content to demonstrate the features of my new card.

And no, watching a YouTube video is fundamentally not the same thing as running any of these demos in real time Nvidia! It almost felt like contempt from them towards early adopters.

That is slowly starting to change, I know fully well these aren't representative of actual gameplay, but in the early days of RTX, forums were filled with people asking were to download all these cool demos shown in every RTX demonstration.

To this day I still don't comprehend the level of stupidity behind the decision to hold these demos back, I sort of get the star wars demo being kept from the public due to licensing issues, but what about all the other proprietary demos Nvidia so proudly demonstrated when RTX was released?

Thanks for the heads up!
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#2
Vayra86
Still the same, and too late.

Try harder.
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#3
dhklopp
That Star Wars demo kicked shit outta my 1080. I'll pass until at least the third generation.
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#4
moproblems99
15th Warlock, post: 4028868, member: 36"
Good, how idiotic of Nvidia to not make these demos available since day one, I was one of those who invested in RTX early on, and then was starved from any content to demonstrate the features of my new card.

And no, watching a YouTube video is fundamentally not the same thing as running any of these demos in real time Nvidia! It almost felt like contempt from them towards early adopters.

That is slowly starting to change, I know fully well these aren't representative of actual gameplay, but in the early days of RTX, forums were filled with people asking were to download all these cool demos shown in every RTX demonstration.

To this day I still don't comprehend the level of stupidity behind the decision to hold these demos back, I sort of get the star wars demo being kept from the public due to licensing issues, but what about all the other proprietary demos Nvidia so proudly demonstrated when RTX was released?

Thanks for the heads up!
Maybe because if you didn't have a 2080ti they ran like shit? Perhaps they have 'optimized' them a little more now?
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#5
jeremyshaw
moproblems99, post: 4028891, member: 155919"
Maybe because if you didn't have a 2080ti they ran like shit? Perhaps they have 'optimized' them a little more now?
Or, the SW demo came out before RTX (first demo was on Volta, remember?). Given this wasn't EA's product, I'd bet on the usual EA/Disney legal shenanegans. The other two came out well after RTX launch. But of course, entitled gamer wants them "on RTX release."
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#6
moproblems99
jeremyshaw, post: 4028907, member: 92377"
Or, the SW demo came out before RTX (first demo was on Volta, remember?). The other two came out well after RTX launch. But of course, entitled gamer wants them "on RTX release."
It could be. I have no idea because I don't pay attention to demos.
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#7
Legacy-ZA
Can you imagine a Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic I & II remake in the U4 engine with RTX? :O
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#8
RH92
dhklopp, post: 4028884, member: 172776"
That Star Wars demo kicked shit outta my 1080. I'll pass until at least the third generation.
I expect Nvidia to cram much more RT and Tensor cores in the next gen so 2nd gen should already be much more capable compared to 20 series
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#9
jmcslob
I'll try my best to wait for the 3rd gen as well...
I'd also like to see what the competition has in 2020
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#10
biffzinker
The Atomic Heart Demo didn't have anything representative of the OP screenshot for that area. Turns out my GPU overclock was unstable otherwise the demo stopped loading around 20-30%
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#11
15th Warlock
jeremyshaw, post: 4028907, member: 92377"
Or, the SW demo came out before RTX (first demo was on Volta, remember?). Given this wasn't EA's product, I'd bet on the usual EA/Disney legal shenanegans. The other two came out well after RTX launch. But of course, entitled gamer wants them "on RTX release."
Idk what you mean by “entitled gamer”. Nvidia was keen to promote the RTX technology using ray tracing demos even before the cards were released.

They sold a product with no way to experience the promised features, how’s asking for nvidia to share these demos with their costumers worthy of earning the “entitled gamer” title?

My reference to their stupidity in not making these demos available to the public until half a year after the cards were release, - or having any software that supported the card’s new features on release date for that matter - is justified by the fact that Turing sales had a really hard time taking off the first few months cards were available, leading to the point were nvidia themselves had to correct their financial expectations due to unexpectedly poor sales of these new cards.

Self inflicted wound? Hell yes. I’m not saying these demos would’ve made a huge difference, but it would’ve been a good idea to have both games and a way to experience this new technology on release, don’t you agree?
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#12
jmcslob
The only truly shit performance was on Atomic Heart...The other 2 demos weren't that bad @1080p.
Obviously not great or even good but not garbage either.
Star Wars may have been shitty but it looked no worse than the movies so it could have been shit too.
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#13
Penev91
Quality is visibly lower than the initial demos for both shadows and reflections.
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#14
Crackong
number of DEMO > number of actual playable games.
GG Nvidia.
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#15
Fluffmeister
moproblems99, post: 4028908, member: 155919"
It could be. I have no idea because I don't pay attention to demos.
And yet, here you are :P
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#16
Mussels
Moderprator
7-11FPS at 1440p on my 1080


ouch.
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#17
lexluthermiester
Penev91, post: 4029020, member: 185017"
Quality is visibly lower than the initial demos for both shadows and reflections.
I'm not seeing that, but then again I have an RTX card. RTX2080@1440p = Smooth as silk.
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#18
sutyi
jmcslob, post: 4028977, member: 67555"
The only truly shit performance was on Atomic Heart...The other 2 demos weren't that bad @1080p.
Obviously not great or even good but not garbage either.
Star Wars may have been shitty but it looked no worse than the movies so it could have been shit too.
Atomic Heart demo on first launch crashed with a Fatal Error while loading. Second time around it ran at a whopping 4-22fps @ 1080p with a GTX 1060 6GB. :)
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#19
Ferrum Master
sutyi, post: 4029175, member: 112688"
Atomic Heart demo on first launch crashed with a Fatal Error while loading. Second time around it ran at a whopping 4-22fps @ 1080p with a GTX 1060 6GB. :)
Basically it means it will be an atomic wipe of your wallet in order to play it.
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#21
Vayra86
Legacy-ZA, post: 4028925, member: 101150"
Can you imagine a Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic I & II remake in the U4 engine with RTX? :O
I can, and I can also imagine its never going to happen. BIoware is all but dissolved.
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#22
zekebot
lexluthermiester, post: 4029144, member: 134537"
I'm not seeing that, but then again I have an RTX card. RTX2080@1440p = Smooth as silk.
I've got an EVGA RTX 2080ti liquid cooled overclocked around 2040mhz pumping out 48-50 fps @ 1440p for the Star Wars Reflection demo. What are your fps results for the reflections demo?
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#23
Chrispy_
dhklopp, post: 4028884, member: 172776"
That Star Wars demo kicked shit outta my 1080. I'll pass until at least the third generation.
That Star Wars demo kicked shit outta my 2060 too.
RTX just runs like crap, on everything.
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#24
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
15th Warlock, post: 4028974, member: 36"
Idk what you mean by “entitled gamer”. Nvidia was keen to promote the RTX technology using ray tracing demos even before the cards were released.

They sold a product with no way to experience the promised features, how’s asking for nvidia to share these demos with their costumers worthy of earning the “entitled gamer” title?

My reference to their stupidity in not making these demos available to the public until half a year after the cards were release, - or having any software that supported the card’s new features on release date for that matter - is justified by the fact that Turing sales had a really hard time taking off the first few months cards were available, leading to the point were nvidia themselves had to correct their financial expectations due to unexpectedly poor sales of these new cards.

Self inflicted wound? Hell yes. I’m not saying these demos would’ve made a huge difference, but it would’ve been a good idea to have both games and a way to experience this new technology on release, don’t you agree?
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#25
jmcosta
15th Warlock, post: 4028868, member: 36"
Good, how idiotic of Nvidia to not make these demos available since day one, I was one of those who invested in RTX early on, and then was starved from any content to demonstrate the features of my new card.

And no, watching a YouTube video is fundamentally not the same thing as running any of these demos in real time Nvidia! It almost felt like contempt from them towards early adopters.

That is slowly starting to change, I know fully well these aren't representative of actual gameplay, but in the early days of RTX, forums were filled with people asking were to download all these cool demos shown in every RTX demonstration.

To this day I still don't comprehend the level of stupidity behind the decision to hold these demos back, I sort of get the star wars demo being kept from the public due to licensing issues, but what about all the other proprietary demos Nvidia so proudly demonstrated when RTX was released?

Thanks for the heads up!
the other two demos come from a game as well, maybe they were only available to a few people from the same legal reasons
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