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News video games 20 April 2023, 16:37

Resident Evil 2 and 3 Without RTX on PC; Capcom's Mistake Fixed by Gamers [UPDATE #2]

Capcom removed ray tracing from the remakes of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3. However, gamers have found a way to bring it back.


Today Capcom has released an update that restores removed ray tracing and 3D sound in the PC versions of the Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 remakes. So you can enjoy these features without having to use the method described below.


As expected, Capcom has responded to the complaints. In an announcement posted on Twitter, the devs inform that the lack of ray tracing and 3D sound in the remakes of Resident Evil 2 and 3 on PC is being investigated. However, it was not stated when we can expect a solution.

In June 2022 Resident Evil 7 and remakes of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 have received a next-gen update - both on consoles and PC. PC gamers, however, had a problem with it. Some of them claimed that the patch destabilized the game's performance, and that the visual boost - the patch added ray tracing, among other things - was barely noticeable.

Capcom listened to the community and did not remove the original versions of the three games, although it initially intended to do so. Player satisfaction did not last forever, however.

Confusion over ray tracing

Last Wednesday, the Japanese announced the end of support for RE7, RE2 and RE3 in DirectX 11 versions - so those without ray tracing or 3D sound, offered only with DirectX 12. Two days later, gamers on Steam noticed, that freshly released updates removed ray tracing from remakes of Resident Evil 2 and 3.

Did Capcom make a mistake?

To what end did Capcom do this? Probably by accident - or at least it's hard to come up with another explanation. Perhaps they wanted to remove the original versions. Either way, over the weekend the problem was not fixed. It can be expected that the developer will respond in the coming days.

Players have a solution

So it is now officially possible to play only the "old versions" of RE2 and RE 3. Unofficially... well, the fans - specifically, Steam user by the handle gex581990 - have already found a solution. Wanting to run these titles in ray tracing mode, you need to:

  • create a shortcut to the "Steam.exe" file;
  • edit its path like this:

„C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steam.exe” -console"

[If you have the Steam app installed in a different folder, simply add "-console" to the path, such as "E:\Steam.exe" -console]

  • completely close the Steam app, and then restart it using the shortcut you created;
  • in the console username displayed next to it, type:

download_depot 883710 883715 4596656973454619188

[for Resident Evil 2]

download_depot 952060 952062 7305189131432908184

[for Resident Evil 3]

  • place the contents of the downloaded game folder (its location will be displayed in the console) where the title was installed, first removing all files from the original folder.

Hubert Sledziewski

Hubert Sledziewski

Has been writing professionally since 2016. He joined five years later - although he has known the service since he had access to the internet - to combine his love for words and games. Deals mainly with news and journalism. A sociologist by education, a gamer by passion. He started his gaming adventure at the age of four - with a Pegasus. Currently, prefers PC and demanding RPGs, but does not shy away from consoles or other genres. When he's not playing or writing, he enjoys reading, watching series (less often movies) and Premier League matches, listening to heavy music, and also walking the dog. Almost uncritically loves the work of Stephen King. Does not abandon plans to follow in his footsteps. However, he keeps his first "literary achievements" locked away deep in a drawer.