Intel’s upcoming Xe HPG discrete graphics card will indeed have hardware ray tracing, the company confirmed on Wednesday. The catch? That new discrete GPU for gamers won’t actually show up until 2021, while laptops will get Xe LP first.
Still, Intel’s Raja Koduri (senior vice president, chief architect, and general manager of Architecture, Graphics and Software) was visibly giddy to announce that Intel would soon have a GPU targeted to one of the loudest crowds on the Internet: enthusiast PC gamers. “We know enthusiast gamers are the hardest bunch to impress. They love products that have the best performance, best performance per watt, performance per dollar and latest, greatest features all at the same time,” Koduri said. “I’m excited to share with you that this GPU is now in our labs as we speak, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it soon.”