Rage update for PC, changes and known problems with graphics

By Posted 9 Oct 2011, 22:44

We are quite calm people at Product-Reviews, but one thing that annoys us is when game developers neglect consumers by ignoring bug reports and taking a long time to release patches. Well, when it comes to Rage and id Software we have no complaints as not only has there been a patch rolled out for the PC version, but id Software has also listed some other known issues which developers are working on.

Now we like to give you all of the juicy details, but when we are trying to wrap up patch notes made up of 2000 words we are bound to have missed some of the changes which are important to you – so before we get started be sure to check out this link for all the information. id Software has gone into lots of details regarding VSync, the new texture cache and the anisotropic filter which we think 95% of our readers won’t really care about – instead we will tell you about the change and fixes which the update brings.

If you have been witnessing an AMD driver crash right after the game’s intro cinematic you should no-longer get this, in fact there seems to be a few AMD-related issues, so the devs have also disabled UBOs and swap-tear cannot be enabled (for AMD-based PCs only). If you want things to look better you will be glad to hear that lots of changes have been made under-the-hood to ensure that the game delivers the visual experience which your PC is capable of, one example of this is GPU transcode – which should give SLI cards better performance. Finally we can also confirm that the server now forwards text chats to all other clients.

There is a massive section of the patch notes which talks about “Known Graphical Issues”, all of which were found when using the AMD Catalyst 11.10 Version 2 Preview Driver and the GeForce R285 Driver – again id Software goes into huge detail about things the devs have spotted, so check out the link in this post’s second paragraph for everything you need to know.

What graphics-related issues are you encountering?

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