Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition PC requires heavy hardware
4A Games has announced that its beautiful and shiny upgrade to Metro Exodus, Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition, will be released for PC on May 6, 2021. Previously announced, this specific version of the game is a newly built version that will take advantage of Ray Tracing graphics cards. Nvidia and AMD. It will be free for anyone who already owns a copy of Metro Exodus on the Epic Games Store, Steam, or GOG.
Weighing in at 80GB, this version will include all DLC and will only work if your PC has a GPU that supports ray tracing. This means that if you don’t have an Nvidia RTX or AMX RX card, you won’t be able to play it. This is strictly a Ray Tracing business, with DLSS 2.0 and Advanced Ray Traced Reflections. Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition will also see a version for Mac and Linux operating systems.
As Ray Tracing is now implemented, it goes without saying that the game is more hardware dependent than before. At one end of the spectrum, at minimum requirements, we see Nvidia’s RTX 2060, and the RTX 3090 is required for what’s called RT (Ray Tracing) Extreme. That’s not even talking about processor requirements, with anything above recommended settings requiring a processor with 8 cores – no hyperthreading. You’re really going to need a beefy PC to see everything on offer here.
You can see how much you will need a PC to play this game. I was not kidding when I said the requirements were onerous.
4A Games has provided Eurogamer’s digital foundry with an advanced version to do the technical magic they do. The result is a wonderful take on the updated game and perhaps one of Ray Tracing’s most impressive showcases on PC to date.
Give him a watch below.
As for what 4A Games has done, I can only hope that other developers and publishers will continue this trend. Obviously the developer had a vision when they first worked on Metro Exodus, and they skipped the 4K implementation originally because there weren’t a lot of gamers on PC. with GPUs enabled by Ray Tracing. Notice that there are a lot of them now, thanks to the current demand for scalping and silicone. But this is another story. Now they’re releasing the game they were considering, and I can’t wait to see how different the game is with ray tracing turned on.
Can’t wait to see what this RTX 3090 (it’s not a flex, this stuff was expensive) can do. It just might be the first game that will focus on this video card – looking forward to it.
Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition will be released for PC on May 6, 2021. An enhanced edition for the PS5 and Xbox Series X is also in development and will be released later.