Rage PC system requirements revealed

id Software's last game it created on its own was the 2004 released first person shooter Doom 3. In just under a month, the developer credited with launching the first person shooter genre will finally release its next game, a post-apocalyptic themed FPS called Rage. It's the first game that will use id's new graphics engine, id Tech 5, created by the developer's co-founder and chief programmer John Carmack.

But will id Software's latest creation run well on your PC gaming rig? Rage's publisher Bethesda Softworks has now released the minimal and recommended hardware needed to run Rage on a PC:


        OS: Win XP SP3, Vista, Win 7
        Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or Equivalent AMD
        Memory: 2 GB
        Hard Disk Space: 25 GB
        Video Card: GeForce 8800, Radeon HD 4200


        OS: Win XP SP3, Vista, Win 7
        Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad or Equivalent AMD
        Memory: 4 GB
        Hard Disk Space: 25 GB

The PC version will also support Valve's Steamworks platform which will require that gamers have a free Steam account to install Rage. Steamworks will allow the game to have features like automatic patch downloading, achievements, leaderboards and more. The game is also due to be released for the Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles. id Software also announced plans to release a Mac version of Rage but so far the company has not revealed any info about the Mac system requirements. Rage's current release date is October 4.

In related news, a recent episode of the acclaimed TV series Breaking Bad had Rage as a major feature of one of the episode's scenes. You can check out the video of that sequence at the TV show's official web site. The sequence shows the character playing the game with a light gun controller but Bethesda Softworks has confirmed that sequence was just for the TV show; light gun support is not in the real version of Rage.

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I have to say, I'm pleasantly surprised. I was afraid the recommended specs would be a bit high. Going by id Software's last engine, it wasn't incredibly efficient. In fact, it didn't run too well on ATI video cards. I'm glad things have changed and I'm guessing it has a lot to do with getting it to run on the Xbox 360 (which uses an ATI GPU) and PS3 (which uses a NVIDIA GPU).

25gb is gonna rape a lot of people's SSD's (including my poor 120gb...) i really want this game but having to uninstall 2-3 other to do so is going to be kinda annoying.

The specs aren't as high as I thought they'd be (and that's a good thing). Many PCs should be able to run this game without too much trouble.

CheeseFart said,
"Equivalent AMD", well that is helpful for the average consumer........

Let me put it this way. This crappy school computer I'm on right now has a Intel Core 2 Duo. So I think you should be good. But bascially the Athlon 64 X2 or higher should be about right.

25GB isn't the size of the game - i'll bet it's the amount of space required for installation (i.e. unpacking etc) and that the final size on disk is much less.

Woo my PC will run it easily.
25GB! the last game i downloaded that big was Dragon Age Ultimate Edition, i think that was 23GB.

omganinja said,

How slow is your internet?

gee I download that much in a day off als sc*n bad porn bad.... no no it's actually old fashioned good modeling gonna have to get another tb drive for the azio docking station for hard drives. zzz 25 gb.. zzzzz will it be on blu ray?

ReDFoX2200 said,
Oh god, 25G we need 2 weeks for pre-loading this game

Unless I'm mistaken, 25GB would be the final install size and not necessarily the size of the files you actually download. With compression you may only have to download 10-15GB or something like that...

Magallanes said,

For an capped connection it could means an entire month.

That's why I always buy retail (well, retail online - Amazon, Play etc.). It's rare online retail is more expensive than Steam or D2D.

Recommended video cards: (you left this out)

Video Card: GeForce 9800 GTX, ATI Radeon HD 5550

which is surprisingly low.

Leave it to ID to make their PC version as true as possible. Apparently this includes what looks to be a LOT of textures.