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We’ve installed the updated drivers on our in-office machine, and the frame rate and texture pop-in seems much improved. There’s still texture pop-in, but that’s just part of the engine at this point. There does appear to be some significant tearing, however, which proved pretty distracting.

If there was one thing people expected from Rage, it’s that the PC version would be impeccable on day one. If PC owners could count on any developer to knock it out of the park, it would be the father of the first-person-shooter. Right? Right?

Unfortunately, for reasons partially out of id Software’s control, Rage has had a bumpy launch since its midnight unlocking around the Internet.

The response from players has been…loud. Just take a look at the gaming section of Reddit today.

The main issue is performance, which id Software and Bethesda Softworks are currently squarely blaming on driver issues. Players are experiencing an incredible amount of texture pop-in, especially so on ATI/AMD cards. We can confirm this, having loaded Rage on our in-office PC. It’s inexcusably bad right now.

The texture pop-in is not exclusive to PC; it’s also very much present on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

There are problems with both ATI/AMD and nVidia cards, but it’s reportedly most egregious on ATI/AMD.

“While many folks are playing RAGE on PC and not running into issues,” said the company on its blog, “we’re aware that some of you are experiencing issues with screen tearing and texture issues. These problems can be attributed to driver issues, and we’re currently working with Nvidia and AMD to resolve them as quickly as possible.”

For the moment, it’s recommended you do not update the ATI/AMD drivers and wait for the updated drivers to come “in a few hours,” according to AMD’s Catalyst developer on Twitter. Also, if you’re using the Battlefield 3-specific drivers, the CTD (Crash to Desktop) rate is apparently 100%. A driver/battlefield-3/61-27006/ rollback is necessary there.

nVidia owners should be using the current beta drivers, which will be automatically include more Rage-specific improvements as they happen, so long as you’ve flipped updates on.

Expect more updates on this throughout the day.

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