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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Comes To PC July 26 With Exciting Possibilities

Ratchet & Clank: Rifts Apart

It’s just a matter of hours before Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart launches on PC but you can still grab a last-minute chance to get early unlocks for the Pixelizer and Carbonox Armor if you pre-purchase the game. The game will launch globally on July 26 at 11 a.m. ET/ 8 a.m. PT.

Ratchet & Clank: Rifts Apart global release

After it was announced in June 2020, the third-person shooter platformer game was eventually released in 2021, exclusively for PlayStation 5. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is the 9th installment in the series and a sequel to Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus.

The coming of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart to PC was made possible by Nixxes Software—who developed the game and the Windows port in collaboration with Insomniac Games. As of July 2021, the game has sold 1.1 million units. It was published by Sony Interactive Entertainment.

“Blast your way through an interdimensional adventure with Ratchet and Clank,” read the official game synopsis. “Help them take on an evil emperor from another reality as you jump between action-packed worlds and beyond at hyper-speed!”

Ratchet & Clank: Rifts Apart

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The Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart pre-purchase bonus is available up until the official launch of the game. Unsure of where you prepurchase the game? Try Steam. As of July 25, 2023, fans of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart can pre-load the game on Steam. Fans that pre-load the game can start playing the very minute the game launches.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart PC specs and exciting features

Since it was announced that Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart would be coming to PC, fans of the game have been eager to know whether it would support ray tracing as well as what other technologies it would bring. Those answers were provided by Richard van der Laan, the senior programmer at Nixxes Software.

Ratchet & Clank: Rifts Apart

“To enable quick loading and instant transition between dimensions, the game needs to be able to load assets quickly,” said van der Laan. “DirectStorage ensures quick loading times, and GPU decompression is used at high graphics settings to stream assets in the background while playing. Traditionally, this decompression is handled by the CPU, but at a certain point, there is an advantage to letting the GPU handle this, as this enables a higher bandwidth for streaming assets from storage to the graphics card.”

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DirectStorage was created to fully maximize the speed of fast PCIe NVMe SSDs. However, it also works with SATA SSDs as well as traditional hard disk drives. In simple terms, regardless of the type of your storage device, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart will utilize the same technology for loading data.

“For Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart on PC, we added adaptive streaming on live measurement of the available hardware bandwidth,” explained Alex Bartholomeus, principal programmer. “This allows us to tailor the texture streaming strategy for the best possible texture streaming on any configuration.”

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart will feature ray-traced reflections on PC

Ratchet & Clank: Rifts Apart

The presence of ray-traced reflections is arguably one of the biggest announcements about the upcoming Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. Also, ray-traced shadows have been added for natural outdoor light—but that is not all.

To further enhance the realism of the game, Ray-Traced Ambient Occlusion (RTAO) has been added too and players will have the freedom to choose from various quality levels. Graphics programmer Menno Bil explained Ambient Occlusion (AO) as a technique used in games to simulate the effect of ambient light (light reflected from other surfaces) on a scene.

“This effect mostly appears at creases, cracks, and corners where surfaces are close to each other,” explained Bil. “Commonly used AO techniques are Screen Space Ambient Occlusion (SSAO) and Horizon-Based Ambient Occlusion (HBAO+). These are not very demanding on the hardware, but they do not provide physically accurate results. RTAO utilizes ray-tracing further to enhance the realism of ambient occlusion in the game.”

System requirements for Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Ratchet & Clank: Rifts Apart Windows recommended specs

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart PC version was made scalable in the sense that players can choose a setting that their PC can handle. A very low graphics setting will need NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 or AMD Radeon RX 470 graphics card. In terms of process, you will need an Intel Core i3-8100 or AMD Ryzen 3 3100. You will also need 8 GB RAM and at least 75 GB storage space.

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The highest graphics settings which is the Ultimate Ray Tracing option will need NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 graphics card. It will also require Intel Core i7-12700K or AMD Ryzen 9 5900X processor and 32 GB RAM. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is on sale for $59.99.

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