Portal with RTX: Raytracing release on December 8 has high requirements

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According to the first trailer for the GTC, it was actually planned for November, but the ray tracing new edition of Portal aka “Portal with RTX” will now be launched on December 8th, as Nvidia announced today. The system requirements are very high: For 1080p60 you already need a GeForce RTX 3080 with active DLSS 2, for 4K even more.

Portal with RTX is planned as a free DLC for all Portal owners and can already be added to the wishlist on Steam. The ray tracing new edition was created with the RTX Remix modding tool presented at the GTC, which is supposed to automatically polish older games and provide them with higher-resolution textures and features such as ray tracing. RTX Remix is ​​to be offered as a free tool for the community and will also run on older graphics cards apart from the new RTX 4000 series (test).

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Portal with RTX from December 8

The first release developed with the help of the new tool is on December 8 Portal with RTX, reimagining the Valve classic from 2007 with ray tracing for high-quality reflections, new lighting and revised shadows. There are also new, higher-resolution textures and models that are supposed to react realistically to ray tracing.

System requirements for Portal with RTX

The game places high demands on the hardware, especially in the GPU area, as can be seen from a table published by Nvidia. For 1080p30 with the graphics preset “High” you need a GeForce RTX 3060 with 8 GB and active DLSS 2. For the CPU, the manufacturer calls an Intel Core i7-6700 or AMD Ryzen 5 3600, 16 GB RAM and 25 GB of space required on an SSD.

System requirements for Portal with RTX (Image: Nvidia)

If you want to play with 60 FPS in Full HD, you already need a GeForce RTX 3080 (test), 8 GB VRAM and have to activate DLSS 2. The CPU requirements climb to the Intel Core i7-9700K or AMD Ryzen 5 3600. However, the system requirements for RAM and SSD remain identical to the base for 1080p30 at 16 GB and 25 GB.

4K60 only with GeForce RTX 4080

For 4K with 60 FPS, nothing less than Nvidia's currently second fastest graphics card behind the GeForce RTX 4090 is enough in the ultra graphics preset: the GeForce RTX 4080 with 16 GB (test) and active DLSS 3. Nvidia recommends an Intel Core i7-12700K as processors or AMD Ryzen 9 5900, this time to be combined with 32 GB of RAM and 25 GB of storage space on an SSD.

To play Portal smoothly regardless of the resolution and graphic preset DLSS is therefore practically mandatory, as the following video shows, in which Nvidia displays an FPS counter even without this technology, which remains below 30 FPS. AMD or Intel graphics cards are not included in the system requirements, although Valve itself only mentions a DirectX 12 or Vulkan graphics card with support for DXR or Vulkan Ray Tracing as a requirement.

Prior to the game's launch on December 8th, Nvidia will be hosting a launch party on December 6th starting at 7pm GMT on Twitch and Steam, which aims to highlight the development of the game and show off new gameplay. Keys for Portal will also be awarded and a GeForce RTX 4090 will be raffled off.