How to enable Nvidia’s free ray tracing filter in game

Nvidia’s Latest GeForce Game Ready Drivers includes three additional Nvidia Freestyle GeForce Experience filters, including Screen Space Ray Traced Global Illumination, a filter that can improve lighting in games.

Nvidia Freestyle has been around for a few years, accumulating many in-game filters ready to be applied as soon as possible. The filter is easily activated and has minimal in-game performance impact (as opposed to other settings), making them a great way to see your favorite titles underneath an alternative lens.

How to enable Nvidia GeForce Freestyle filter

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Cyberpunk 2077 shot with the Nvidia Freestyle “SpecialFX” filter applied. Image via Alex Walker / Dot Esports

Before you begin, it is recommended that you install and update the latest GeForce Experience drivers before accessing the Freestyle filter feature, as newer filters such as Ray Traced are implemented with Nvidia GeForce 511.23 . Ready Driver – so if you don’t update you may not see the filter you are looking for.

All of Freestyle’s filters are easily applied via the in-game Nvidia overlay, accessed (by default) by pressing Alt + F3 once in the game. From there, click Game filter.

Image via Nvidia

After the Free Games Filter overlay loads, click + icon to add a new in-game filter. From there, make any fine-tuning by adjusting Color, Details, and Exposure. Finally, press Done to implement the filter. You can stack filters by clicking + many times.

To specifically apply the new ray tracing filter, you’ll want to look for SSRTHOLD filter. It will only be available in certain games–Cyberpunk 2077 does not support SSRTGI filter, but games like Cuphead, Hearthstone, Monster Hunter World, Stardew Valley and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard do.

Just a note: if you push the quality of your ray tracing filters too far, you’ll incur a huge performance penalty – even in smaller indie titles like Gang Beast.

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Image via Alex Walker / Dot Esports

Which games currently support Nvidia Freestyle ray tracing filters?

While the full list of supported games Nvidia Freestyle can be found here, it can be difficult to parse which one actually supports the new ray tracing global illumination filter.

As of January 19, here is the list of games that support the SSRTGI filter:

  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Assassin’s Creed (DX9)
  • Assassin’s Creed II
  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Revealing the assassin’s creed
  • Assassin’s Creed: Rogue
  • Assassin’s Creed: Unity
  • Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag
  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Assassin’s Creed Liberation
  • Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate
  • Batman Arkham City
  • Batman: Knight Arkham
  • Batman: Arkham Origins
  • Apart from two souls
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • ClayBook
  • City skyline
  • Conqueror’s Blade (战 )
  • Cuphead
  • The Darkest Dungeon
  • Diablo 3
  • DiRT Rally 2
  • humiliation
  • Humiliation 2
  • Don’t starve
  • Dragon Age Inquisition
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse
  • Enter Gungeon
  • Euro Truck Simulator 2
  • Europa Universalis IV
  • Factorio
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Fallout 3
  • Fallout 4
  • Far Cry 3
  • Far Cry 4
  • Far Cry 5
  • FIFA 12, switch to FIFA 20
  • FIFA Online 3 and 4
  • Football Manager 2013-2019
  • Freedom and Freedom 2
  • FrostPunk
  • Gang Beast
  • Gary’s Mod
  • Cemetery keeper
  • Half-Life Episode One, Episode Two
  • Hearthstone
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Imperator: Rome
  • Evolution of the Jurassic World
  • Kenshi
  • Kerbal . space program
  • Life is strange 2
  • Mad Max
  • Madden NFL 20
  • Master of Orion
  • Subway 2033
  • Subway: Exodus
  • Metro Last Light
  • Minecraft
  • Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
  • Monster Hunter Online
  • Monster Hunter World
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • My time in Portia
  • NBA 2K18, 2K19
  • Nioh: Complete Edition
  • Arrest
  • Railway Empire
  • Remnants: From the ashes
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Resident Evil 6
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  • Risk of rain 2
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Saints Row: The Third
  • Saints Row IV
  • Shadowverse
  • Civilizations V and VI
  • Civilization: Beyond Earth
  • Deadly Sins of the Sun Empire: Rebellion
  • Slay the Spire
  • Space engineer
  • Starbound
  • Stardew Valley
  • Strange Brigade
  • Subnautica
  • Subnautica: Under Zero
  • Terraria
  • Isaac’s Binding: Reincarnation
  • The Elder Scrolls: Legends
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
  • Demon within 2
  • Invisible Guardian
  • The Sims 3 and 4
  • The Witcher 2
  • The Witcher 3
  • This fight is mine
  • Tomb Raider (2013)
  • Total War: Rome
  • Total War: Shogun 2
  • Total War: WARHAMMER 1 and 2
  • Tropico 6
  • Vampy
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colosseum
  • Xian Xia Shi Jie / Xian Xia Shi Jie

What if the Nvidia Freestyle filter doesn’t work?

There are several methods to try if you can’t pull the Game Filters overlay on.

Guaranteed Enable experimental features is checked. This option is found in the Nvidia GeForce Experience software in overview navigation.

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Another method is to access the in-game overlay by pressing Alt + Z. From there, navigate to settings (bottom right, gear icon) and navigate to Photo mode / Game filter. From there, make sure Take over / Advanced Enabled.

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