Rage's Graphics Won't Be as Pretty on 360 Due to Storage Issues; New Trailer

The video above is from QuakeCon, and it shows off the newest IP from id, Rage, which will combine FPS and driving action with a post-apocalyptic setting. Looks pretty sweet, doesn’t it? Well, don’t expect the same quality of visuals on the Xbox 360 version. The game‘s creator, John Carmack, recently revealed that the 360 version would have to be scaled back visually due to some storage issues. Apparently, the royalty fees for a third DVD were too high to make that a viable option. Instead, the developers will have to compress the game even further to fit it on two DVDs. On the flipside, the PS3 version will be shipping on a single Blu-Ray disc, while the PC and Mac versions will release in both Blu-Ray and DVD formats. So basically, if you have the option, you might want to skip the Xbox 360 version of this game whenever it comes out.

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20 Comments on Rage's Graphics Won't Be as Pretty on 360 Due to Storage Issues; New Trailer


On August 1, 2008 at 1:28 pm

take that now here start the reason why ps3 is better than 360.I think all the future game will be more better on ps3. 360 is already too old to compete with pc and ps3.


On August 1, 2008 at 1:33 pm

With all due respect, graphics don’t mean jack, and are not a suitable method for determining which platform is superior.

I for one would much rather developers spend time making quality games that are worth the retail price, than awful games that look pretty, regardless of the platform it’s released for.


On August 1, 2008 at 2:32 pm

mikouen just because you can’t afford a ps3 stop blaming it for stupid reasons you know that the ps3 is better than the ps3 an yes we know it lacks games but its still growings ffs let it grow…


On August 1, 2008 at 2:33 pm



On August 1, 2008 at 3:31 pm

Ha! 50gb versus 8gb. Developers are realizing more space the better. PS3 games getting downgraded because of 360. Just like GTA IV, developers also complained about lack of capacity on the 360 therefore they had to cut back on the game. Blu-ray’s technology is only going to get better, TDK had came up with a 200gb BD disc, Pioneer came up with a 400gb BD disc. Blu-ray is the future.


On August 1, 2008 at 3:46 pm

1. This game looks like it has “Half-Life 1″ driving physics, wtf..

2. Thanks PS3 fan boys for using Mikouen’s perfectly respectable opinion as leverage to fiercely justify your purchase of a PS3, I hope you can sleep better now.


On August 1, 2008 at 4:01 pm

Of course the PS3 fanboys are going to use this to say the PS3 is better. If the positions were reversed, the 360 fanboys would say the same. It’s just how fanboys work.

Anyway, I just hope the PC install isn’t anywhere near that 50gb or my computer is going to cry.


On August 1, 2008 at 5:29 pm

Well fanboy or not you have to admit that the PS3′s console technology is going to be superior. It’s simple, it came out a year later, thus giving it an edge. It’s apparent that Microsoft’s early console release is going to come back and bite ‘em in the butt, but they’ve probably already made plenty of money to be developing something else by now as well, so it’s really nothing to worry about if you’re a Microsoft fan. I think 360 owners should be happy their evening getting this game /shrug


On August 1, 2008 at 5:36 pm

Also, Half-Life 1 didn’t have vehicles, or a physics engine, dumbass.

Buddy Love

On August 1, 2008 at 7:59 pm

Handisnacks: I was pretty sure I told you not to flap your trap anymore. I highly suggest you take me up on my friendly advice.


On August 1, 2008 at 8:21 pm

Handisnacks is right about HL1 not having vehicles, although CS (a HL1 mod) did have vehicles that were fun but worked wonky as hell. De_jeepathon, anyone?

The argument that releasing a console first is going to bite you in the end because of using older technology just doesn’t fly. Look at the Wii. You don’t get any older tech than that and they are selling gangbusters. Furthermore, a quick look back at console history and at all the big consoles that were released later in the cycle and you come up with a bunch of examples of high tech duds that failed despite having superior capabilities.


On August 2, 2008 at 10:33 am

i find this a good reason for microsoft to scrap the hd-dvd drive addon they had and release a blu-ray one.


On August 2, 2008 at 11:43 am

They already scrapped the HD-DVD drive. They might release a BD drive eventually, but I doubt it. They’re just trying to set everything up so next generation, they can make everything digital, and it won’t seem like a huge deal. Eitherway, loading a game at USB 2.0 speeds… ugh. (Not sure how much faster BD is though.)

Regardless, PC version will be better than the others, especially graphics wise. Something about playing at resolutions high enough you don’t even have to bother with AA. (2048 x 1536 on a 22″ CRT FTW)


On August 2, 2008 at 1:16 pm

gosh ps3 fan boys are all over this site. im not a fan boy of any thing, well because i dont see the use in it. its not going to help your favorite console do any better. pointless. any way back to rage. i guess rage will be the only game that is a multi-platform game that i will get for ps3, just because in my experience the 360s online service is better, but im not going to risk quality.

why is it that every message board i go to ps3 fanboys are swarming it?


On August 3, 2008 at 3:05 am

What does it matter if they made a disc that holds 400GB? The PC has the most advanced graphical games. With the install I still have never seen a game over 12GB. Crysis IMO is the most advanced graphical game for the ever and it uses only 12GB of storage space and this game can’t even be ported to any of the console systems. So when your Sony will be able to utilize their 400GB BluRay disc, Microsoft and Sony will be up to their new next-gen consoles. And for the record I am a Microsoft fanboy, well why not, if it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t be chatting about this on a Microsoft OS. :wink:


On August 3, 2008 at 3:10 am

I’m not to concerned about this game. Doesn’t fit me, no offense, but it looks a little dumb.


On August 3, 2008 at 7:43 am

not to mention that if they do start using the 400 gb discs for the next generation of consoles, prices of games would probably skyrocket to like $90


On August 3, 2008 at 1:19 pm

At the first guy: This game isn’t even that great to be bragging about…

Anyway, while I do agree the ps3 has better graphics and better storage, the 360 is still better. It has THE titles for this generation and the best online service. I don’t understand why people say the ps3 is superior. Let’s face it. It’s NOT. I have both of them, and I speak from experience.


On August 3, 2008 at 9:44 pm

better storage??? on the 360 you have the option to get a 120gb hard drive, on ps3 the biggest is 80…


On August 25, 2008 at 3:54 pm

I have a PS3 boxed up in the cupboard underneath my TV. The only thing preventing me from playing it, is that the second SCART socket is being used for my DVD recorder, whereas the first SCART socket is being used for my PS2.

Think before you speak.

Jesus, is every pro-Sony gamer out there as thick as you? This is awfully embarassing.

I don’t “know that the PS3 is better” for the same reasons I don’t “know that the 360 is better” – I’m not a with a superiority complex, who feels the need to justify his pathetic life by causing a fight where none exists.

PS3, Wii, PC or 360, it doesn’t friggin’ matter what platform – game content > graphics. ALWAYS.

Which is why there are games like Deus Ex, X²: The Threat, and Homeworld, which are all vastly superior to anything the Seventh Generation will have to offer.

Developers are too hung up on technology and crank out high-tech yet thoroughly awful games as a result. Even BioWare’s standards are slipping these days, compared to their older stuff.

If flashy visuals are your thing, you’ve wasted your money on your consoles. You can get flashy visuals from a movie. Movies have far better visuals, and don’t cost even a tenth as much.

Come back and try to take me on when you have a clue what gaming is about. I’ve been gaming since back when they didn’t even *have* hardware acceleration and it was all about gameplay. Treasure Island Dizzy, Frontier: Elite II, Tetris, Pong, Amoeba, Arkanoid, Lemmings, etc. All of them are worth ten of today’s games, because they sure as hell aren’t pretty, but they’re FUN. Even two decades later they’re still fun to play.

All this luxury today, I swear it’s making the younger generations of gamers soft.

@ Arukaene:
HD-DVD drives are already off the manufacturing lines, but they’re cheap enough now that you should get one anyway. For the price of one Blu-Ray movie, you can get twenty HD-DVD movies, and a lot of good films were released before the format was dropped. They’re just as high-res, and the HD-DVD drive will also boost the resolution on non-HD discs.

It’s like, total bargain basement.

And as for “more space = better”, yeah. It’s not what you have, it’s how well you can use it.

Using Photoshop CS3 whereas the other guy uses MS Paint doesn’t make your graphics work better, if you publish a bunch of scribbles and the other guy publishes a masteful sketch of a Camaro.

Likewise, a game on a 50gb disc isn’t inherently going to be better than a game on an 8gb disc, if the developers neglect the gameplay portion and instead fill the disc with ridiculously high-res textures that aren’t going to look any better than the ones on the 8gb disc anyway, simply because the human eye can’t tell the difference.

@ Steve:
It’s been confirmed by just about everyone who’d know, that the PS3 and 360 releases of GTA4 are identical.

Unless your “improved graphics” would refer to the lighting in the PS3 version – which, like the PS2/Xbox/PC versions of San Andreas, is so horribly over-intensified that it’s repulsive. (Although the 360 version isn’t much better, hitting the opposite end of the scale by not being intensive enough.)

To end this superiority debate crap, I got one last thing to add:

Since we’re talking about GAMES consoles, then they’re only as good as the GAMES available.

In that department, PS3 is severely lacking but it’s starting to throw some heavy punches now. Come December 2009, the PS3 and 360 look set to be on an equal footing, with neither getting the upper hand. After that, who knows what’s going to happen?

Using multimedia capabilities is null and void, because both console’s multimedia capabilities are essentially non-existant compared to appliances which are intended for those capabilities.

Comparing the hardware is nothing more than an e-penis contest, because when it comes down to it, the differences in hardware do not make a single shred of difference to you – the gamer – because the differences (if any, both setups are pretty equally balanced in power) are nowhere near significant enough to make any difference to the games.

So seriously. Fanboys? Please go live somewhere where they don’t have internet, rather than corrupting the rest of the human race and lowering their intelligence.

Or even better, keep the fanboy crap on Gamespot, and when you’re on other websites, at least *try* to conduct yourselves with some semblence of dignity, maturity and intelligence.

This is getting old.