Re: Official RAGE Feedback Thread
Not long later, ‘angular graphics’ on the NeoGAF forum discovered that creating a .cfg configuration file in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\rage\base was the solution. Be aware, however, that you will almost certainly require a video card with 1.5GB of Video RAM to enable 8K textures, other graphical niceties and GPU Transcoding, though it may also work on systems with just 1GB of VRAM if said options are toned down. To discover how much VRAM your graphics card has open the NVIDIA Control Panel, click on ‘System Information’ on the bottom left, and then scroll down the list to ‘Dedicated video memory.’ The amount of VRAM is displayed in Megabytes, with 1.5GB being displayed as 1536MB.
Name the file rageconfig.cfg and add the following text using the Notepad application, located in All Programs > Accessories:
If you have 3GB of Video RAM, you can modify the configuration file’s first four lines to end with 16384, instead of 8192, which will enable Rage’s 16K textures, though as we don’t have a suitably-equipped GPU to hand we cannot offer any guarantees as to the game’s stability or visual fidelity when using this modification. Update: We have now tested the 16384 configuration on a 3GB GeForce GTX 580 and can detect no improvements whatsoever. Based on our new understanding of id Tech 5 it may be possible to see benefits from 16384 at the very highest resolutions in the most demanding situations.
If you’re unsure of how to set up the configuration file follow these steps:
Right click in the empty white space in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\rage\base (if you are using Windows XP or 2000 the path will be C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\rage\base)
Left click ‘New’
Left click ‘Text Document’
If the file that appears is named New Text Document.txt:
Enter rageconfig.cfg in the dialog box and click off to accept the change
Double click on rageconfig.cfg in the base folder
If you are prompted to pick an application to open the file with, tell Windows you will chose the application yourself, then select Notepad among the options and open the file
Paste in the configuration from above, hit Ctrl+S on your keyboard, and then close the file
If the file that appears is named New Text Document:
Click off to accept the naming
Double click on New Text Document to open it
Paste in the configuration from above
Click ‘File,’ then ‘Save As’
In the ‘File Name’ box type rageconfig.cfg and click ‘Save’
Close the file
The ‘8192’ referenced on the first four lines relates to John Carmack’s aforementioned 8k texture quote, forcing Rage to display 8k textures at all times, overwriting the Auto-Balancer. ‘angular graphics’ also retrieved a slide from a tech presentation regarding id Software’s id Tech 5 engine, which powers Rage. In the slide, id Software states that their engine can support 4x Anisotropic Filtering, so the config file also enables the quality-enhancing technique via the final two lines of text, in addition to the amount of Antialiasing specified in Rage’s in-game Video Option menu.