RAGE on PC Fraught with Bugs; No Advanced Graphic Settings

What is the deal with developers just deciding not to iron out the PC versions of their games?

All over the Internet, players are experiencing lots of visual troubles with RAGE, like screen tearing and that ubiquitous texture pop-up. At Game Front, staffers’ experiences are ranging from just fine (with NVIDIA cards) to nigh unplayable (with ATi ones). And no, John Carmack, we didn’t forget to update our drivers.

It seems id Software’s PC support for RAGE is just short of nonexistent, too. Supposedly the developer’s brand new engine, id Tech 5, is smarter than you and optimizes itself for your PC. That’s why RAGE includes no advanced graphics settings — you can adjust resolution, brightness, anti-aliasing and GPU transcoding, and that’s all. RAGE Lead Designer Tom Willits says this is because id Tech 5 notes what kind of resources you have available and optimizes the game performance around your hardware, while maintaining the game at 60 frames per second. In other words, “You don’t need to see the game’s graphical settings. These aren’t the settings you’re looking for. Move along.”

It appears I was wrong about the Playstation 3 version not being able to stand up to the PC version in terms of visual fidelity. The only troubles I had on the PS3, other than the game being kinda repetitive, was annoying texture popping all over everything. Sounds like PC users also have that texture problem, on top of everything else.

Check out this Steam forums thread for some of the issues other players are experiencing, and even a few hot fixes for RAGE on PC. Having troubles with RAGE on PC? Let us know in the comments — along with any fixes you might find — and we’ll try to get the word out to everyone.

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24 Comments on RAGE on PC Fraught with Bugs; No Advanced Graphic Settings

/v/ Proxy Rage

On October 4, 2011 at 10:02 am

It’s Dai Katana all over again…

FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

GTboy

On October 4, 2011 at 10:53 am

ridiculous…

Luther

On October 4, 2011 at 11:48 am

glad i didn’t buy this game.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

On October 4, 2011 at 12:40 pm

This game is quickly replacing Brink on my “Why the did I buy this?” list

Mat

On October 4, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Tell me why am I running a i7 2600k proc with a GTX 580 GPU ???

please someone tell me…..

RegulatorX

On October 4, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Why are you guys bashing the game?….its a great buy and they got the video issues taken care of already.

pc BRO

On October 4, 2011 at 8:43 pm

I’ve always complained that PC games felt “unfinished” because I had to balance & optimize the graphics settings myself. Come on, that’s a job for graphics engineers, I just want to play games in my spare time, not tune them. And now, FINALLY, some developers take the time to ADD this smart feature, and you guys complain? I say this is a big WIN for PC gaming as it levels it to the ease of use of consoles.

And I am sure there are plenty of config files & console commands for the geeks to mess with, so no worries. I just don’t see the point of having a nice GUI for editing these advanced options.

charkie c

On October 5, 2011 at 1:33 am

if u have an nvidia video card then right click on your desktop and go to nvidia control panel, then go to manage 3d settings go to program settings then add your rage.exe file from your install folder. probably program files/id software/rage/rage.exe then adjust all settings accordingly but be sure to click override any application setting under Antiasliasing- Mode. If you have the game open while you adjust these settings you will not see any change until u close it and relaunch it. If you have an AMD card you might have a way of doing almost the same thing with your catalyst thingy.

John

On October 5, 2011 at 6:27 am

ATI 6970, latest Rage hotfix driver installed.
You better not move the mouse, the edge of the screen will permanently show real bad texture popups.

What the did ID think releasing such an ALPHA version as retail ?
The textures are, aside of popping up like crazy EXTREMELY BLURRY if you come closer.
Why is the game > 20 gig large if they don’t have normal detail textures ?

If rage should be an advertisement for ID-Tech-5 then this is the worst fail in the past years.

P.S.
I was testing the cracked release, I’ve had an order for the UK Rage retail but I just cancelled it (just in time, it would have been sent out today).

Yannick

On October 5, 2011 at 8:54 am

Really
Awful
Graphics
Experience

Antioch

On October 5, 2011 at 2:20 pm

these settings are available for you to tweak your performance on whatever system you have pc bro, think about it for just a second, console games dont need these options because everyone is running exactly the same hardware, pretty easy to “tune” this when everyone is 100% identical. pc user have widely varying hardware, that may or may not handle the game, taking away the ability to customize these setting (and replacing it with a so called advanced ai) just smacks of consolitis, and that the dev just couldnt be bothered to implement this for there pc users. havent these people realize that pcs are the current best selling and most used game platforms?

Wesley Franc

On October 6, 2011 at 2:48 am

“P.S.
I was testing the cracked release, I’ve had an order for the UK Rage retail but I just cancelled it (just in time, it would have been sent out today).”

LOL. Biggest fail I’ve seen.

To paraphrase “I didn’t get an ideal experience out of this thing I didn’t pay for”.

and FYI: I’m using a 6970, and it looks amazing. The games is more CPU dependent than most, so it’s probably your Pentium 200 MMX that is the issue.

Wesley Franc

On October 6, 2011 at 2:49 am

“taking away the ability to customize these setting (and replacing it with a so called advanced ai)”

Do some research into configuring RAGE via rageconfig.cfg (ala Quake1-3). It will help you out alot, and I’m sure more configuration options will be documented in the next few days for us “PC People”.

John

On October 6, 2011 at 6:42 pm

You know, I’m totally with most of you. Same thing happened to me with Brink. It was a “why the did I buy this” Situation as one of you said. I don’t know if its ID or Bethesda to blame, I just hope Skyrim doesn’t turn out the same way. I don’t know about you guys but I am totally gunning my way to get a refund. Even if it means having to send a letter to John Carmack himself

nuclear harry

On October 6, 2011 at 9:44 pm

this game is good and i really like it but the lack of a v-syn option really pisses me off as i have a £2000 pc and i still get screen tearing :S they need to update this asap it annoyes me so much i cant bear to carry on playing it and S.T.A.L.K.E.R LMFAO nohign could ever beat brink on the wtf was i thinking facor haha regret that worse than id regret sucking off my dad

RedFOx

On October 7, 2011 at 8:45 am

to /v/ Proxy Rage
Daikatana was John Romero’s project not Carmack’s.

Let’s give it a few days/weeks until Ati fixes its drivers.

hans

On October 7, 2011 at 9:23 am

here is a fix for the pc of the forum of steam……

make a > Rageconfig.cfg

Not long later, ‘angular graphics’ on the NeoGAF forum discovered that creating a .cfg configuration file in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\rage\base was the solution. Be aware, however, that you will almost certainly require a video card with 1.5GB of Video RAM to enable 8K textures, other graphical niceties and GPU Transcoding, though it may also work on systems with just 1GB of VRAM if said options are toned down. To discover how much VRAM your graphics card has open the NVIDIA Control Panel, click on ‘System Information’ on the bottom left, and then scroll down the list to ‘Dedicated video memory.’ The amount of VRAM is displayed in Megabytes, with 1.5GB being displayed as 1536MB.

Name the file rageconfig.cfg and add the following text using the Notepad application, located in All Programs > Accessories:

vt_pageimagesizeuniquediffuseonly2 8192
vt_pageimagesizeuniquediffuseonly 8192
vt_pageimagesizeunique 8192
vt_pageimagesizevmtr 8192
vt_restart
vt_maxaniso 4
image_anisotropy 4

If you have 3GB of Video RAM, you can modify the configuration file’s first four lines to end with 16384, instead of 8192, which will enable Rage’s 16K textures, though as we don’t have a suitably-equipped GPU to hand we cannot offer any guarantees as to the game’s stability or visual fidelity when using this modification. Update: We have now tested the 16384 configuration on a 3GB GeForce GTX 580 and can detect no improvements whatsoever. Based on our new understanding of id Tech 5 it may be possible to see benefits from 16384 at the very highest resolutions in the most demanding situations.

this is pure a console rip off and convert to PC by the makers of ID with full of buggs

Neckername

On October 7, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I got a hotfix on tpb http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/6728210/RAGE.2011.Crack_CrashFix_ONLY

phill

On October 8, 2011 at 8:13 am

I paid £29.99 for this crap and cant play it
To me just like ubisoft I.d are now dead to me,
I will NEVER pay for one of there game’s again

Alex

On October 8, 2011 at 6:03 pm

I dont know, where to start. Yes, popping textures, visible texture seams, simple gameplay as in you enter an area and enemies pop out and are right on you instead of you being able to sneak around and take them out without them knowing your there. Its not very open free-roam either. When you do a mission you are herded down a path until you hit the end of it. You cant move freely inside a building during a mission but instead you are herded as doors blow up etc as you progress.

And the lack of settings is annoying to a avid pc player. We like that we have the freedom to customize compared to console players.

bdg

On October 10, 2011 at 9:29 am

Dark texture squares everywhere makes game unplayable! No AMD driver update not any other older drivers, not even game patches help! ID says it is a driver problem; but why i can play any other game with no problem on my HD6950?!

Alex_D

On November 3, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Even after the patch is applied and the latest video drivers installed, this is still a second-rate game. For every good feature it has, there is some terrible design flaw or game play issue to infuriate you. Also, the id Tech 5 engine is a major disappointment – id Tech 4 (Doom 3, Prey, Quake 4) looked a lot better IMO. The game is NOT open world as advertised. True it has a central hub from which you can sometimes choose your missions in any order, but the missions themselves are the among most constrained and linear levels I’ve ever played. I’m not against linear game play, if it’s well implemented, but that is not the case in Rage. I had high expectations of id’s latest game, but it turned out to be a bitter disappointment. The really bad news is that Doom 4 is right now being created by the same development team. I know for sure I will not be pre-ordering Doom 4. I will not make that mistake again.

dare.devil

On December 1, 2011 at 8:19 am

it’s a great game and i get no graphic problem except the distance rendering.

blastoise

On December 12, 2011 at 2:56 pm

well i dont complain as i can play fairly good with my 3 years old LAPTOP this, only true thing is WTF with the textures rendering horribly? appart from that great game.