Shocking eh? The upcoming first-person shooter RAGE is going to have a colossal install (for a console game) of 7.6GB of hard drive space. If you’re wondering how long that will take to install, it’s roughly 30 minutes or so, which is enough to watch an episode of something or do something constructive with your life until you get pulled into another game.
This is well justified however, as Carmack has said that the high-resolution graphics of RAGE will be identical on all consoles, including the PC. The technical director and id founder said on his Twitter that all the platforms will get equal treatment, saying that the textures will be exactly the same on all platforms.
An 8GB install is truly massive, and id software thought they would be having a lot of problems due to the install size. Tim Willits talked about the install in an interview with Eurogamer and said “Sony was great. Kudos to Sony for letting us do that. They don’t allow every game to do that. So definitely, hats off.” in regards to them allowing for the behemoth install size. “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.”
Miraculously, RAGE was able to fit on a single Blu-ray disk as a testament to the superiority of the format over what the XBox 360 uses. Even if some gamers will choke at the idea of an install being that large, when is the last time you played all of those games installed on your console?
RAGE is going to be released early in October, make sure you pick it up if you want a game that shows off the potential of consoles.