I’m really warming up to Rage; it’s fun, and the gameworld is appealing. Gotta love scrounging for metal scraps in a post apocalyptic wasteland!

However, not even the apocalypse should cause the graphical glitches that myself and several other gamers have been experiencing. Screen tearing and missing/slow loading textures mar an otherwise solid experience.

Until a patch or a new driver comes out (mostly for the Nvidia folks, but AMD needs to update its drivers too), Bethesda was “kind” enough to¬†release a few hints on how to minimize the graphical anomallies.

Update (10-9-11): A new patch has been released for the PC version of Rage. Read about it here: http://wrixel.com/2011/10/09/rage-finally-patched-and-fixed/

 

  • Issues w/ screen tearing:
  • RAGE currently does not have a menu option to turn V-sync on or off.
  • If the graphics driver supports a so called “swap-tear” extension then RAGE
    will use it and RAGE will V-sync when running >= 60 FPS and RAGE will tear
    when < 60 FPS. Unfortunately at the release of RAGE, none of the graphics
    drivers have the “swap-tear” extension enabled.
  • The user can force V-sync on or off in the graphics vendor control panel.
    Right-click on the desktop to access the graphics vendor control panel.
  • If V-sync is forced on then RAGE will always V-sync.
  • If V-sync is forced off then RAGE will auto-detect that V-sync is not
    working and RAGE will instead synchronize to real-time and screen tearing may
    occur.
  • Alternatively you can force V-sync on by adding the following to the RAGE
    launch options in Steam:+r_swapInterval 1
  • The launch options can be found by right-clicking on RAGE in Steam and
    selecting “Properties”. Then click on “Set Launch Options” in the dialog that
    pops up.

 

  • Blurry Textures and Texture Popping:
  • The texture streaming is limited by the performance and number of cores of
    the main processor (CPU).
  • The higher the resolution at which the game renders and the higher the
    anti-aliasing setting, the more texture data is needed to texture the
    environment. If you do not have a high end CPU you may momentarily see blurrier
    textures and texture popping when the view changes quickly.
  • If you have a processor with few cores and you have a high end NVIDIA
    graphics card then you can try turning on the “GPU Transcode” menu option in the
    video settings menu in RAGE. By enabling this option a large percentage of the
    texture calculations are moved to the graphics\ processor (GPU). However, this
    option is not available on all graphics hardware and may not appear in the menu
    if your hardware does not support the necessary features.
  • On processors with few cores without the ability to turn on “GPU Transcode”
    you can significantly improve the texture streaming performance by adding the
    following to the RAGE launch options in Steam: +vt_maxPPF 16
  • The launch options can be found by right-clicking on RAGE in Steam and
    selecting “Properties”. Then click on “Set Launch Options” in the dialog that
    pops up. If you have very few cores like a dual core processor then you can set
    a lower value like: +vt_maxPPF 8
  • If setting these values does not improve the texture streaming performance
    for you then consider lowering the anti-aliasing setting in the video settings
    menu in RAGE. You may, for instance, observe slow texture streaming at high
    resolutions like 2500 x 1600 with anti-aliasing set to 16X. In some cases
    lowering the anti-aliasing to 8X fixes the problem but lower settings may
    further improve the texture streaming. Alternatively, or in addition, you can
    lower the resolution.
    We hope these help. The teams at id and Bethesda
    continue to work solutions to help you guys. More to come!

 

Has anyone else experienced these problems?