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Portal is getting a free RTX update this November


Portal, arguably one of the great masterpieces in gaming history, is going to be updated with RTX in November 2022. The update is expected to be available as free DLC. Here’s the big reveal from @Wario64, which includes a few images with Nvidia’s logo:

Portal was an innovative puzzle game from 2007, with elements of horror due to its twisted sense of humor and the dark secrets players can uncover. The portal mechanics invited very unique puzzles, which did not hold back their difficulty or punishments. It’s a classic, and the sequel only elaborated on all of the things that earned that reputation.

Sadly, fans have been waiting for Portal 3 for years, but it’s a longtime joke that Valve can’t count to 3 (given Half-Life). For now, fans have had to make do with mods or clones. This includes the recently announced The Entropy Centre, which also borrows a humorous tone, puzzles and science.

Considering how old Portal is, many fans were pretty surprised at the reveal, since it seemed unlikely that the game’s source engine could actually support such modern technology.

If you’re unfamiliar, RTX refers to Nvidia’s ray tracing technology. This adds an enormous level of depth and detail to the visuals through lighting, reflections and the like.

Although the entirety of Portal is spent in rooms full of neutrals, since players must easily distinguish white and gray surfaces for the puzzles, the visuals are still naturally striking.

There’s a lot of fine detail, and if any game deserves another playthrough, it’s Portal. It can be nearly impossible to remember all of the solutions, given how many fresh and intriguing mechanics there are to avoid dangerous turrets and redirect deadly lasers.

Portal is already a must-play, so a free RTX update is definitely thrilling. You can read more about other classic games, and upcoming puzzlers by checking out our news section.

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