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Proof PS3 Rage already using PC level “super texture” pack?

Creative director, Tim Willits over at id Software revealed some interesting bits about Rage recently. All of the hints dropped by id Software seems to indicate that Rage for the PS3 may be the best console version and even go toe-to-toe with the PC version.

In the past John Carmack stated that the PS3 version of Rage will have superior textures over the Xbox 360 version due to disc space differences. In addition, Willits recently revealed that the team has optimized Rage to work on the PS3 so all of the CELL cores or SPEs are utilized to prevent nasty texture pop-ups.

He stated:

The extra cores are assigned to work on textures in the background, as there’s tons of visual data on the Blu-ray and on the hard drive… We load compressed JPG data, and assign those extra cores to work on these textures, and uncompress them in the background so there is no nasty pop up, or blurred textures.

What caught our attention was to the fact Willits mentioned that textures would also be loaded from the hard drive. This got us thinking about John’s statement about Doom 4 possibly using the mystical “super texture” pack for the PS3 version out of the gate due to the Blu-ray disc.

Carmack stated that the PC version will get the super texture pack after launch, but the team is researching if its possible to include that with the PS3 version of Doom 4 on disc.

According to Willits in an interview with Digital Foundry recently, the PS3 version will have a whopping 8GB install which was specially approved by Sony. Willits revealed that this special install will allow the PS3 version of Rage to utilize all of the textures at the highest fidelity.

He stated:

Sony was great. Kudos to Sony for letting us do that. They don’t allow every game to do that. So definitely, hats off. What we were able to do is install all the textures to the highest level. What is nice about the PS3 platform is that it’s just one platform. Everyone has one Blu-ray drive, one hard drive, it’s all the same. Some of the other systems you have… should I install it on my 360? Should I not install it? So yes, it’s very nice.

This sounds awfully like what was revealed by Carmack for Doom 4. It may not be a true “super texture” pack per se, but at 8GB of textures it appears that the the studio is doing a dry-run at including texture packs for the PS3 version starting with Rage.

If id Software has somehow managed to bridge the gap between the PC and the PS3 while using the same high-res graphics using the “super texture” pack running at 60fps, that would be a monumental achievement.

The Xbox 360 offers full disc installs, but doesn’t appear to install a separate “super texture” pack. Rage will be shipping on one 50GB PS3 blu-ray disc and three DVD9 discs for the Xbox 360 October 4th.

Source: http://gamer.blorge.com/2011/09/25/evidence-rage-for-ps3-already-using-super-texture-pack/

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