LOTR: Gollum Will Use Ray Tracing To Make That Disgusting Hobbit Look Even Greasier

Next month will see the release of The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, a fresh retelling of the iconic character from J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy books. Like several other PC games, this adventure will allow for some impressive visual features if you have the right hardware, including Nvidia’s fancy ray-tracing technology. This is a far cry from the 2022 gameplay trailer, which was met with criticism toward the graphical performance shortly before Nacon delayed the game.

While Gollum’s journey across Middle-earth won’t be giving Cyberpunk 2077 and its path tracing any sleepless nights, the sizzle reel posted by Nvidia does tease some good-looking atmospheric lighting, reflections, and unfortunately, a greasier Hobbit. Two out of three isn’t bad, especially if the “hero” of your game has spent several centuries eating raw fish inside of a dank cave. The rest of the game is, fortunately, easier on the eyes than Gollum’s filthy frame, and Nvidia has shown off how ray tracing enhances the experience in the trailer below.

PC gamers with GeForce RTX hardware will also benefit from Nvidia’s DLSS 3 and DLSS 2 upscaling technology, allowing them to experience ray-traced reflections and shadows at the highest possible frame rates. As for the actual requirements, LOTR: Gollum has some fairly demanding GPU requirements even without enabling ray tracing.

For a standard 1080p and 30fps using low to medium settings, you’ll be able to get by with a GeForce GTX 1060 or RTX 2060, but anything beyond that will require an RTX 3060 and up. Pushing the game to render in 4K and with ray tracing on will require a newer 40-series Nvidia GPU, but at least the storage capacity requirements are fairly small in comparison. You could install Gollum three times over in comparison to the amount of space that Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is asking for.

After multiple delays, The Lord of the Rings Gollum releases on May 25 for PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One. Preorders are now live

, but if you want to get your handses on the version of the game that includes authentic Elvish language, you’ll have to cough up extra to knock down that paywall.

The Lord of the Rings Gollum PC Requirements

Minimum (1080p)

Preset: LowFrame rate: 30fpsGTX 1060 or RTX 2060Intel i5-4660 or AMD Ryzen 3 12006GB RAMWindows 10/1145GB HDD

Recommended (1080p)

Preset: MediumFrame rate: 60fpsRTX 3060Intel i7-4770 or AMD Ryzen 5 16006GB RAMWindows 10/1145GB SSD

High (1440p)

Preset: HighFrame rate: 60fpsRTX 3070 (With DLSS Quality Setting)Intel i7-4770 or AMD Ryzen 5 26008GB RAMWindows 10/1145GB SSD

Ultra (2160p)

Preset: UltraFrame rate: 60fpsRTX 3070 (With DLSS Performance Setting)Intel i5-8400 or AMD Ryzen 5 36008GB RAMWindows 10/1145 GB HDD

RT Minimum (1080p)

Preset: MediumFrame rate: 60fpsRTX 3060 (With DLSS Quality Setting)Intel i3-6100 or AMD Ryzen 5 26008GB RAMWindows 10/1145GB SSD

RT Recommended (1440p)

Preset: HighFrame rate: 60fpsRTX 4070 (With DLSS Quality Setting)Intel i3-6100 or AMD Ryzen 5 260010GB RAMWindows 10/1145GB SSD

RT Ultra (2160p)

Preset: EpicFrame rate: 60fpsRTX 4080 (With DLSS Performance Setting)Intel i5-8400 or AMD Ryzen 5 360016GB RAMWindows 10/1145GB SSD

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Web Source: GameSpot – Game News

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