PC version of Rage dealing with graphical issues

id Software's first game in seven years -- Rage -- was released to the public on Tuesday. However, many gamers who bought the PC version of the post-apocalyptic first person shooter, either in retail stores or via download, have been reporting issues with the game's graphics since its launch. The official Rage message boards is just one place where gamers have been reporting a number of problems with the game's textures as well as screen tearing.

The official Bethesda Softworks blog has posted that both it and id Software are aware of the PC graphics issues, stating, "These problems can be attributed to driver issues, and we’re currently working with NVIDIA and AMD to resolve them as quickly as possible." AMD did release a graphics driver fix for its Radeon-based PC cards earlier today but that may have actually made things worse. A Twitter message from AMD's Catalyst driver rep states that the driver, " ... includes very old OGL files, that's why you're seeing corruption etc." Later today AMD did release the correct Rage driver version for Windows 7 owners.

As far as PC gamers that have NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards inside their rigs, they are advised to download the current beta version of the GeForce drivers (285.38) that were released about a week ago. These are the same beta drivers that were made to improve performance for NVIDIA-based graphics cards while playing the current Battlefield 3 multiplayer open beta. There's no word on when NVIDIA will release a version that will also improve performance in Rage.

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I gotta say...I'm running 280.26 drivers on a 9800gtx+, i7 920, 7200rpm hdd, and 6gb ram and the only problem I had was tearing. Once I add rage.exe to the nVidia profile page and forced vsync it went away. I am playing at 1600x1050 with a constant 60fps and I don't have any of the texture fill problem that people are talking about.

I haven't gotten to far into the game but my expections for a storyline and a real deep game were not very high. I only expected a good FPS with decent graphics and so far it is delivering FOR ME.

Guess I'm one of the lucky ones

So ID are releasing Betas so they can grab as much money they can, and its left to the user to final test? Ah well, a patch to take it out of beta will be released when enough people complain.

HawkMan said,
why would old OGL files matter in a DirectX game...

Rage is an Open GL Game as the person above states it only uses Directx on the 360 the custom DX derivative on the 360 but on the PC and 360 it is OpenGL based

notuptome2004 said,

Rage is an Open GL Game as the person above states it only uses Directx on the 360 the custom DX derivative on the 360 but on the PC and 360 it is OpenGL based

So Rage is both DX and OGL on the 360, that's impressive!!

notuptome2004 said,

Rage is an Open GL Game as the person above states it only uses Directx on the 360 the custom DX derivative on the 360 but on the PC and 360 it is OpenGL based

ick. most of the games or what few I've run never ran right. graphics problems. OpenGL isn't one of the more known programs to use. Although MDX was the worst (not sure if I'm saying that game right) waiting for serious sam 3. that looks far better.

My brothers been like high on drugs for this game.. yet he'll be on it for Nvidia on 8gb of ram on a Dell Precision M4500. His Desktop has an SLI ATI GPU. ... Reminds me of Painkiller. which came out a bit ahead of it's time. which I still love the game. not the bootleg release or official release of everyones mods. Hard to play on my desktop at the time, Dell's D820 improved a bit. Hoping my ATI, Phenom can play that. but Rage have no idea. waiting for serious sam 3 more than this. No fun in Rage. I want to play a game where at least there's a chuckle in it.

PatrynXX said,
My brothers been like high on drugs for this game.. yet he'll be on it for Nvidia on 8gb of ram on a Dell Precision M4500. His Desktop has an SLI ATI GPU. ... Reminds me of Painkiller. which came out a bit ahead of it's time. which I still love the game. not the bootleg release or official release of everyones mods. Hard to play on my desktop at the time, Dell's D820 improved a bit. Hoping my ATI, Phenom can play that. but Rage have no idea. waiting for serious sam 3 more than this. No fun in Rage. I want to play a game where at least there's a chuckle in it.

I have no idea what you're trying to say...

PatrynXX said,
My brothers been like high on drugs for this game.. yet he'll be on it for Nvidia on 8gb of ram on a Dell Precision M4500. His Desktop has an SLI ATI GPU. ... Reminds me of Painkiller. which came out a bit ahead of it's time. which I still love the game. not the bootleg release or official release of everyones mods. Hard to play on my desktop at the time, Dell's D820 improved a bit. Hoping my ATI, Phenom can play that. but Rage have no idea. waiting for serious sam 3 more than this. No fun in Rage. I want to play a game where at least there's a chuckle in it.
Are you sure it's just your brother that's on drugs?

theyarecomingforyou said,
Are you sure it's just your brother that's on drugs?

looks like to many are still attached to their Intels. you both would need to clarify what part went over your head. Right now I'd say he's more enraged that it's been in CT for 3 days and he pre ordered it from Walmart months ago.

Yet another case of a developer half-assing their code and relying on the hardware vendors and their driver writers to bail them out and fix their game. What's really disappointing though is that this is coming from Id Software, of all people. I thought they could do better.

Also, Just imagine how much smaller a driver download could be if they didn't have to pack workaround after workaround in for shoddy coding.

Blackhearted said,
Yet another case of a developer half-assing their code and relying on the hardware vendors and their driver writers to bail them out and fix their game. What's really disappointing though is that this is coming from Id Software, of all people. I thought they could do better.

Also, Just imagine how much smaller a driver download could be if they didn't have to pack workaround after workaround in for shoddy coding.


Yeah because Nvidia and AMD have such a fine history of coding absolutely perfect drivers right?

Get over it. The game looks absolutely amazing. I'm using 280.26 and pretty much the only problem with it is the screen tearing issue (which I'll admit is a pain in the ass but I'm sure it will be fixed).

At least id software is like the last remaining developer that actually gives a rats ass about optimizations in their game, most other devs just go "oh the player will buy new hardware and the game will run fine". Name me one other game that has the system requirements of RAGE and looks as good?

/- Razorfold said,
Yeah because Nvidia and AMD have such a fine history of coding absolutely perfect drivers right?
The game has been in development for what, 4 to 5 years and yet the game falls apart unless it's run on a preview graphics driver that was rushed out to coincide with the release? It doesn't make sense to release a game knowing that the drivers aren't up to the job, especially when Steam has the ability to screen drivers and provide a prompt to update if they're too old.

And your comment about other devs not caring about optimisations is just nonsense. Far Cry 2 was a multi-platform open world game, where the PC release supported DX10 and had excellent performance - and that was a true open world, not the semi open world of RAGE. Meanwhile id games have usually pushed the boundaries and required cutting edge hardware, like Doom 3 and - to a lesser extent - Quake 3.

Don't get me wrong - I preordered it and am looking forward to playing it. But you can't deny that this is one of the worst high-profile games releases in recent history, along with Dead Island.

theyarecomingforyou said,
The game has been in development for what, 4 to 5 years and yet the game falls apart unless it's run on a preview graphics driver that was rushed out to coincide with the release? It doesn't make sense to release a game knowing that the drivers aren't up to the job, especially when Steam has the ability to screen drivers and provide a prompt to update if they're too old.

And your comment about other devs not caring about optimisations is just nonsense. Far Cry 2 was a multi-platform open world game, where the PC release supported DX10 and had excellent performance - and that was a true open world, not the semi open world of RAGE. Meanwhile id games have usually pushed the boundaries and required cutting edge hardware, like Doom 3 and - to a lesser extent - Quake 3.

Don't get me wrong - I preordered it and am looking forward to playing it. But you can't deny that this is one of the worst high-profile games releases in recent history, along with Dead Island.


I'm not using any preview drivers. 280.26. Like I already mentioned the game runs perfectly (apart from the screen tearing issues).

My comment on other devs not caring about optimizations is pretty dam true. Farcry 2 doesn't look anywhere near as good as rage does (when it works lol). A lot of other devs just go "oh the guy will get a better graphics card and everything will be well).

Edited by -Razorfold, Oct 5 2011, 1:33pm :

I dont understand. How they release a game that have driver issues and they didnt know or didnt test?. Because they test the game, right?

Guess the game is living up to it's name then? (with all the en-rage-d PC owners) Sorry, couldn't help it

God forbid Bethesda and id take responsibility for poor programming. Why does the gpu manufacturer have to fix the game developers problems?

rafter109 said,
God forbid Bethesda and id take responsibility for poor programming. Why does the gpu manufacturer have to fix the game developers problems?

I'm confused. How can game developers fix faulty video drivers?

RealFduch said,

I'm confused. How can game developers fix faulty video drivers?

gee if most people had your attitude, Windows Vista would still be king...

Really id?? REALLY?
Look at the example video, the texture loading problems are horrible. Then there is screen tearing. You don't even have decent graphical options.

Don't they do at least a minimum of a decent testing? Can they put out a game like this, without properly collaborating with nvidia and amd to have working drivers for release?

I'm ****ed at the Carmack idiot, talking so much talk but delivering this kind of crap to their followers.

The worst part is that if the game's sales take a (deserved) hit for these issues, id will blame innovation in the long run and beetch that it's so hard to innovate or create new IPs without risking your profits. >

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-I91AG2BhcI

thartist said,
Really id?? REALLY?
The worst part is that if the game's sales take a (deserved) hit for these issues, id will blame innovation in the long run and beetch that it's so hard to innovate or create new IPs without risking your profits.

Nah, they'll just blame piracy, despite everyone knowing better.

Part of the issues come from the texture streaming they are using. Now then there are plenty of games that used texture streaming (Borderlands being one) and they all suffer from some amount of popin issues. I know I had it a fair amount of it in Borderlands but it didn't distract me from it that badly.

shinji257 said,
Part of the issues come from the texture streaming they are using. Now then there are plenty of games that used texture streaming (Borderlands being one) and they all suffer from some amount of popin issues. I know I had it a fair amount of it in Borderlands but it didn't distract me from it that badly.


No BL did not use texture streaming at all nore does RAGE what Rage does use is Id Tech 5 engines virtual texturing where everything you see was hand done and stamped by the developers the programmers everything so everything is different

illwill916 said,
I already installed the fixed ATi drivers and they didn't do ****

If you had the Battlefield 3 drivers on, you'll have to remove them. Until the merge, anyway.

Minus the tearing, which is BAD, no issues on my 460. I am currently only using one even though I have 2 as SLi is yet to be enabled. What is really pitiful is the lack of any advanced graphic settings, unless I am totally missing a menu somewhere, all I see is AA, Brightness (On | Off), Resolution, Display (Full Screen | Windowed) and GPU Transcode (On | Off), whatever the hell that means.

I have AA set to 4x, and GPU Transcode On, and getting a pretty stready 60 FPS, and it looks pretty damn amazing. Again though, the tearing is a major issue, but I have noticed if I up the AA to the highest setting, it helps with the tearing some, just also takes off a good 13 FPS. Once SLi is enabled, I imagine that will not be an issue.

So it is really the lack of any advanced settings in game that is pitiful to me. I am sure I can maybe edit a config or text file, but to not have more settings in the game, screams of console port, and I expected more from iD with the PC version.