Earlier this week, Microsoft accidentally put Minecraft ray tracing for consoles online. The feature has since been taken offline again.
The feature appeared in a preview update for Xbox consoles, but was quickly removed. The update included a ray-tracing preview for both Xbox Series X and Series S. According to Microsoft, the update should never have been released.
“The Minecraft Preview build available to Xbox Insiders inadvertently included prototype code for ray tracing on Xbox consoles,” the company confirmed. “This prototype has been removed from Preview and does not reflect future plans for ray tracing support on consoles.”
The previous Minecraft Preview build available to Xbox Insiders inadvertently included prototype code for raytracing support on Xbox consoles. This early prototype code has been removed from Preview and doesn’t signal near future plans to bring raytracing support to consoles.
— Minecraft (@Minecraft) March 31, 2022
So just because they’re testing it doesn’t mean Minecraft will get ray tracing on Xbox consoles anytime soon. This is despite Microsoft already using ray tracing for consoles has been teasing for two years†
At the moment, ray tracing for Minecraft is only available on Windows and it is boosted by Nvidia DLSS. Check out the comparison of Minecraft with and without ray tracing below.