When the joke surfaces from time to time that Valve “can’t count to three” we laugh, but we also cry inside. The fact there has not been much in terms of the firm’s belove IPs being revisited is a crime. That changed when Valve shipped Half-Life: Alyx for the Valve Index VR headset. But, the momentum continued. With the release of the Steam Deck, a demo titled ‘Aperture Desk Job’ which revisits the Portal universe.
Even more, the game also resurfaced on Nintendo Switch after years of outcry for a port. Back in February, Valve announced Portal: Companion Collection which included both Portal 1 & Portal 2 in one bundle. It was not until later this summer that Portal: Companion Collection officially hit the Nintendo eShop and with it brought the end for hype surrounding Portal.
Well, at the recent Nvidia showcase this week it was revealed the original 2007 games is to receive an RTX update for free. You can watch the trailer in the video below:
“Experience the critically acclaimed and award-winning Portal™ reimagined with ray tracing. Every frame of gameplay is upgraded with stunning full ray tracing, new, hand-crafted hi-res physically based textures, and new, enhanced high-poly models evocative of the originals, all in stunning 4K,” the Steam page description reads.
“In Portal with RTX, full ray tracing transforms each level, enabling light to bounce and be affected by the scene’s geometry and materials. Every light is ray-traced and casts shadows, global illumination indirect lighting naturally illuminates and darkens rooms, volumetric ray-traced lighting scatters through fog and smoke, and shadows are pixel perfect. Portal with RTX is compatible with all ray-tracing capable GPUs.”
Are you excited for the free update coming to Portal?
The update is scheduled to release sometime in November 2022.