How to Enable DXR Ray Tracing in Battlefield 5 (BFV)

What is DXR or Ray Tracing?  [credits : Nvidia]

Conventional 3D rendering has used a process called rasterization since the 1990’s. Rasterization uses objects created from a mesh of triangles or polygons to represent a 3D model of an object. The rendering pipeline then converts each triangle of the 3D models into pixels on a 2D screen. These pixels may then be further processed or “shaded” before final display on the screen.

Ray tracing, which has long been used for non-real-time rendering, provides realistic lighting by simulating the physical behavior of light. It calculates the color of pixels by tracing the path that light would take if it were to travel from the eye of the viewer through the virtual 3D scene. As it traverses the scene, the light may reflect from one object to another (causing reflections), be blocked by objects (causing shadows), or pass through transparent or semi-transparent objects (causing refractions). All of these interactions are combined to produce the final color of a pixel that then displayed on the screen.

Battlefield 5 is the first gaming title to include the RTX ray tracing feature and there is no doubt that it looks really impressive. Players are going through a tough time with the process of activating DXR or Ray Tracing in Battlefield 5 though. The process is not so straight forward and needs some fiddling here and there. Here are the steps to Enable DXR Ray Tracing in Battlefield 5(BFV) :

How to Enable DXR Ray Tracing in Battlefield 5 (BFV)

Step 1:

Make sure you have the correct Hardware. As of now DXR or Ray Tracing is only available for three graphics cards and that to by Nvidia. There are currently no AMD graphics cards available in the market that support Ray Tracing. So if you are an AMD user then you are out of luck here. Here are the three graphics cards that support DXR or Ray Tracing :

  • Nvidia RTX 2080 ti
  •      ”      RTX 2080
  •      ”      RTX 2070

Step 2:

Make sure you have the latest version of Windows 10, Version 1809 (OS Build 17763.134) to be more precise. Go to your Windows 10 search bar and just type “update”, you will see the option Windows Update Settings pop up. Click on it and then click on Check for updates on the next window.

To check if you have the Windows 10 Version 1809 (OS Build 17763.134) or not, just go to the Windows search bar and type “System Information”. You will get every information about your OS from there.

Step 3:

Make sure to update your Nvidia drivers to the version 416.94. The Nvidia v416.94 driver update pushes support for Battlefield 5 and enables support of DXR or Ray Tracing for Battlefield 5. You can download the v416.94 from hereOr you can download Nvidia Geforce Experience from here and update your drivers directly from the Drivers tab.

If you are face any kind of trouble in making Geforce Experience work then click here.

Step 4:

Make sure you update Battlefield 5 to the latest version or v.22946 to be more precise. You can update your game pretty easily from the Origin Launcher. Once your update is done, launch Battlefield 5 and you will see the version of the game on the bottom right corner.

Step 5:

  • Launch Battlefield 5
  • Go to Video Settings
  • Click to the Advanced settings Tab
  • Turn On DX12 Enabled
  • Turn On DXR Enabled

[Note: you need to turn both DX12 and DXR on in order to get Ray Tracing to work for Battlefield 5]

You are good to go!

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Last Updated on May 9, 2021

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