id Software's Tim Willits Explains RAGE PS3 & 360 Differences

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In a recent interview, id Software’s Creative Director, Tim Willits, explained the reasons why the PS3 version of RAGE will come with an 8GB install and why the Xbox 360 version will come on three discs.

According to Willits, the reason why they opted for an 8GB install option was to cut down on the texture loading times on the Playstation 3 version of the game.

“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.

Further on in the interview he explained the reason why the 360 version will ship on three discs rather than one like its PS3 counterpart.

“[On 360], we recommend installing the game to the hard drive, but you don’t need to install all three discs. If you don’t have the space available on your hard drive, don’t stress. Install the first disc, the first chapter, the first half of the game, then when you’re done, uninstall and install disc two.”Willits explained that on 360, there isn’t specific cut-off where you will need to swap discs, as you “can go back if you want to but there’s really no reason to. You don’t really need to install the multiplayer disc if you’re really tight on hard disk space.”

For those that have yet to see what RAGE is all about, check out the official trailer for the game below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ui6j35YDbU&feature=relmfu[/youtube]

Which method do you prefer to use? one big install but only using one blu-ray disc? or do you prefer the ‘three disk’ method?. Let us know in the comments section below. Either way, Rage is shaping up to be one hell of a game.

Source: Digital Foundry

RAGE is released on PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 in North America on October 4th and in Europe on October 7th.

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