You now need a beefy rig to run Minecraft.

The beta for Minecraft with RTX is now available on Windows 10. You can download it, play it, and if your PC supports it, you can even enable real-time ray tracing via RTX. There is also support for physically-based materials and NVIDIA DLSS 2.0. Of course, you'll need to have a supported GeForce RTX GPU to actually make "proper" use of the tech.

A quick RTX on vs RTX off comparison can be seen below.

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Microsoft and Mojang are operating the Minecraft with RTX beta via the Xbox Insider program, as they do with all other Minecraft betas, enabling them to collect and collate feedback, and automatically share updates. To join there are few steps, though it’s all easy-peasy if you follow our guide below.

First, ensure your system meets the minimum system requirements:
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, or better
  • CPU: Intel Core i5, or equivalent, or better
  • RAM: 8GB, or more
  • Storage: 2GB (Game, plus all worlds and resource packs)
  • Operating System: Windows 10 x64
Next, download and install the latest Windows 10 updates, followed by our Minecraft with RTX Game Ready Driver, which delivers day-0 optimizations and performance improvements for the beta, and is required for the use of NVIDIA DLSS 2.0. Also, ensure you own a copy of Minecraft for Windows 10, as that is needed for participation in the beta program.
There are then about a couple dozen steps that you may or may not have to go through in order to try out this beta. You should probably just read the official Nvidia article for those details because they differ whether or not you are already enrolled as an Insider.

Through the Insider Hub, Microsoft does note that due to the high volume of interested participants, your status may be stuck on "pending" for a while. You'll just have to wait for a little while longer before you can update to the beta.