id Software has released an update for the PC version of their latest first-person shooter, RAGE, released just earlier this month.
The PC version had a rough launch and id Software and Bethesda Softworks have been avidly supporting the game, issuing updates and hotfixes to get the game running the way they intended it to run on PC. This latest update, issued over this past weekend, is the biggest patch released yet and offers a ton of hardware settings that didn't ship with the game, including Vsync, Texture Cache and Anistropic Filtering.
RAGE defaults to lower video settings to allow the game to work on a wide variety of hardware and software configurations. Unfortunately, it is not possible to anticipate all possible graphics driver issues in combination with unique end user hardware and software configurations. For this reason RAGE does not automatically increase video/graphics settings as this could result in negative side effects on specific hardware and software configurations.
The original release of RAGE does not expose many video/graphics options for people to tweak because some of these settings, although desirable from a quality perspective, simply will not work on specific configurations either due to hardware limitations and/or driver bugs. Due to popular demand for more video and graphics options, this patch updates the video settings menu and exposes several quality and performance settings.
However, not everyone may be able to increase the settings due to hardware limitations and/or driver bugs.
The new "VSync" option in the video settings menu allows you to remove screen tearing. There are three options: ON, OFF and SMART. When VSync is turned OFF you may experience screen tearing.
The new "Texture Cache" option in the video settings menu allows you to increase the texture cache size to keep more texture data in video memory.
The patch includes so many more updates and fixes that we can't list everything here. If you're playing RAGE on Steam, you're definitely going to want to read the full patch notes. For more on RAGE, check out http://www.rage.com/ as well as our hands-on post with the game.