Game version released via Steam on the 4th of October, 2011.
Current patch level (as of 2012/04/14): Rage patch 1.2 released on the 2nd of Feb, 2012.
Selected Test Results (selected in 'Test Results' table below)
Installation via Steam
Playing the SinglePlayer Game with Full Graphics
What does not
GPU Transcoding (the game client said it was unsupported, and I didn't attempt any of the tutorials listed/linked here)
What was not tested
I hate dirty wine prefixes. After installation, and prior to starting, I removed the 'RunOnce' sections in 'steamapps/common/RAGE/*.vdf`, and chowned both files so only root could modify them. This made it so steam would not attempt to install the DirectX and VC++ redistributables. I then manually downloaded a copy of XAudio2_7.dll to 'windows/system32', and ran `wine regsvr32 XAudio2_7.dll`.
In recent wine, RAGE will now crash on startup unless I download and place 'xinput1_3.dll' next to Rage.exe in 'steamapps/common/Rage'. This wasn't always the case, but I don't care to do a regression text. Finally this was all on a fresh clean wineprefix, running Windows XP mode.
The rating is platinum because steam would just install the directx redistributables in seconds upon first launch, and would be an 'out-the-box' experience, but I have OCD about my wineprefix.
Admin note: rating changed to gold because this test was not "out of the box."
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How to tweak Rage to get best from it under Wine
WARNING: Patch from 2011/10/08 broke the game for about half of users to the level it is barely playable. It is not Wine bug, it is the game developers fault. Same (and even worse) problems affect people on native OS this game had been developed for. Expect severe framerate drops while moving or looking around, jerky movement with stutters every 1-2 seconds, complete lack of textures on the terrain, e.t.c. What actually happen is that tweaks idSoftware had put into engine auto-detection logic fail to properly detect some essential things like optimal number of threads for your CPU, e.t.c. More details follow about how to tweak the game configuration to fit best for your system.
HINT: It is possible for nVIDIA users to get CUDA-accelerated textures decoding under Wine. It is required to install linux version of nVIDIA Cuda Toolkit 4.0 32bit and compile special Wine Cuda wrapper. Here is a link to the thread on Steam forums where you can get more details on this topic: http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?p=25773275
Fixing game crash at startup with message "Failed to create XAudio2 engine" (a.k.a. "winetricks xact_jun2010")
Game requires XAudio2 engine version 2.7 which is a part of Microsoft DirectX June 2010 redistributable. In case you had downloaded and launch the game in a "usual" way using Steam client in a clean Wine prefix it should automatically install DirectX runtime for you. In an unfortunate case it had failed for some reason you should use fresh version of winetricks to install xact_jun2010. Be careful not to confuse it with xact, which would install older version (2.6) of XAudio2 engine from February 2010 DirectX redist that is too old and won't fit for this game.
It had also been reported that for some people it was required to set sound into "Emulation" mode in winecfg preferences. This setting is not available (and most likely is not required) in Wine versions 1.3.29+. In case you use older Wine version and experience sound problems your best bet would be to upgrade to a more recent Wine version. If you've got some strong reasons not to proceed with Wine version upgrade then you might give "Emulation" mode a try. YMMV.
Fixing "game starts up OK but there are no sounds" (a.k.a. "No in-game sound")
It had been reported that sometimes Rage starts up OK but fails to produce any sound output for uncertain reasons. Chances are that you have your Wine prefix configured to emulate WinXP and you've got stale DirectSound registry entries which causes trouble for an unknown reasons. Try running Rage with a fresh and clean Wine prefix and check if it helps. You may also try to delete all HKLU/Software/Wine/DirectSound key and its subkeys from registry, in my case it helped to fix the problem and get Rage working correctly under old and polluted Wine prefix. Switching prefix to emulate Windows 7 or Vista is another possible workaround for this problem.
Tweaking the game to run best on your rig
WARNING: Doing the tweaks below is extremely important if you want to get smooth consistent FPS level and significantly reduce the "texture pop-in" effect.
RAGE is based on idTech5 engine which uses "Virtual Texture" (a.k.a. "megatexture") technology to texture the game world. This technology is very computation intensive and is extremely hungry to the CPU power, to GPU power (in case you use Cuda-accelerated VT transcode) and to the overall throughput of the disk subsystem. The engine is designed in a such way so it should be tweaked to run most effectively using all available CPU cores your system is equipped with. There's built-in CPU core count detector that is supposed to automatically tweak the engine but it fails to properly do its job due to limitation imposed by Wine (as of Wine 1.5.2). Problem is that the game uses a technique to determine CPU cores count which isn't properly implemented in Wine resulting the game to assume that the system is a single CPU single core box.
To manually tweak the engine you should set the value of two game cvars, namely "vt_maxPPF" and "jobs_numThreads". First one determines how much texture pieces should be decoded per displayed frame in the worst case, second one tells the game to use that much threads simultaneously to do its tasks.
Correct value for "jobs_numThreads" depends on the amount of cores your CPU has. Quad core CPU owners should use 3 or 4, dual core CPUs would work better with 1 or 2. In case your CPU is Hyper-Threaded you'd better set this cvar to the number of physical cores your CPU has (i.e. for 4 cores/8 HT execution threads CPU best value would be 4). At some rare cases (useful for dual core CPU + AMD GPU) it might be better not to use separate job thread at all due to limitations imposed by GPU driver. For latter case you should set jobs_numThreads to 0 to completely turn off usage of job threads.
Best place to set "jobs_numThreads" is in Steam Game Launch Options (details on how to do it). Add something like "+jobs_numThreads " and you should be fine.
With Rage path 1.2 (released on the 2th of Feb, 2012) it became possible to benchmark the speed of the texture transcode operation. Unless you had compiled and installed the wine-cuda DLL wrapper for your system the speed of this operation is mostly determined by the speed of your CPU and the amount of threads the game is instructed to use through "jobs_numThreads" variable. Don't be fooled by the number this benchmark presents to you - having best texture transcoding performance is not the same as having smooth gaming experience with consistent FPS. If you want to maximize the transcoding performance despite this warning you can try to do as follows:
Set "jobs_numThreads" to a number that is equal to the number of cores your CPU has.
Start up the game, head on to the "Video settings" menu and execute the "Transcode benchmark". Note the resulting number.
Quit the game, decrease "jobs_numThreads" value to be half of the CPU cores count (i.e. if it had been set to 4 - set it to be 2, if it had been set to 2 - change to 1, etc.) and restart the game. Try launching the transcode benchmark again. In case resulting number would be greater than it was on a first try - keep "jobs_numThreads" equal to the half of your CPU cores count. If not - repeat benchmark with "jobs_numThreads" set to be twice the CPU cores count.
Keep playing with various "jobs_numThreads" values until you find one that gives you best transcoding performance.
It is important to understand that there's no point in getting maximum texture transcode performance no matter the costs because it might result in extremely unstable FPS and non smooth gaming experience. For example, with AMD FX 8120 eight core CPU one would get maximum transcoding performance (bench. result ~80 megatexels) when "jobs_numThreads" is set to 8, while most stable FPS level is achieved with "jobs_numThreads" equal to 2 (smooth and almost constant 60FPS) despite the fact that benchmark result for latter case is significantly lower - around 40 megatexels. In other words, if the benchmark result is 35-40 or more - there's no point in trying improve it. On the other hand, having benchmark result less than 20 would result in jerky gaming experience with huge FPS drops during viewport moves.
Second cvar to tweak - "vt_maxPPF" - effectively acts as a balancer between FPS stability and the amount of texture pop-ins. Depending on the speed and type of your CPU and also on whether you use Cuda-accelerated texture decoding or not the good value for "vt_maxPPF" cvar might be in range from 8 to 256. Owners of low-speed dualcore CPU should use 8 or 16, typical value for quad core AMD Phenom II X4 955 CPU would be 32 or 64. Users with Cuda-enabled setups might be happy with setting vt_maxPPF to 128 or 256. In case you can live with moderate amount of textures pop-in but can't stand FPS drops below 60 when moving viewport your best bet would be to use low value for vf_maxPPF like 8 or even 4. To set the value of this cvar add something like "+vt_maxPPF " to Steam Game Launch Options.
If your system configuration is similar to "quad-core CPU + GeForce 550 Ti with 1Gb" you could use "jobs_numThreads" set to 2 and "vt_maxPPF" set to 16 as a good starting values. It would allow you to get smooth 60FPS gaming experience when playing at 1680x1050 resolution with 4x antialiasing, "big" textures cache and "high" aniso settings.
Reducing textures pop-in effect
Note: With game patch released 2011/10/08 it is no longer necessary to edit config file to change page size. Setting "Texture Cache" to "Large" in video setting menu has the same effect.
In case your videocard have got more than 1GB of video RAM it is reasonable to increase game virtual texture page sizes (think about it as "some kind of texture cache") to be 8K per page. To do this create a new file in «Steam Install Dir»/steamapps/common/rage/base/ folder named «Rageconfig.cfg» and populate it with following lines:
Create «Rageconfig.cfg» as was described earlier and populate it with the following lines:
// Do not show unskipable introduction video
// Enable built-in engine FPS counter
// Increase mouse sensitivity and use 2-tap mouse input filter to fix "jerky" mlook
Note: It might be required to specify "+com_skipIntroVideo 1" in the Steam's game "Launch properties..." for intro video skip to work. I have it set in both places and it works like a charm.
How to correctly set anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering level (a.k.a. "How to fix visible polygons seams")
Note: With game patch released 2011/10/08 it is no longer necessary to edit config file to change anisotropic filtering level. Changing it in video setting menu has exactly the same effect.
You should never force AA/ANISO levels through GPU driver control panel. Game engine uses complicated rendering technology which is incompatible with the ways drivers force AA/ANISO levels and results in visible render glitches in case AA/ANISO level forcing is turned on. nVIDIA users should turn off "Texture Sharpening" as it causes huge render glitches too. Correct way to set the AA level is to use in-game graphical settings menu. Setting the level of anisotropic filtering requires modifying game configuration file. Create «Rageconfig.cfg» as was described earlier and populate it with the following lines:
These two settings control the ANISO level the game uses for texture filtering. Official tweak guide states that the engine only supports two levels on ANISO filtering, namely 2 and 4, and to select one of them you should modify the value of vt_maxaniso cvar. My experiments showed that the visual difference between levels 2 and 4 is almost negligible while performance drop is pretty huge. YMMV, experiment and choose the best to fit your needs. I hadn't been able to notice any visual and performance difference changing image_anisotropy cvar value. Still it might be wise to set it to be 8 or 16 in case it has effect on visual quality in some rare circumstances.
Fixing "screen tearing" problem
Note: With game patch released 2011/10/08 it is no longer necessary to edit config file to change vsync mode. Changing "VSync" in video setting menu has exactly the same effect.
Rage engine is designed in a special way to support brand-new vsync controlling style. Main idea is to dynamically control vsync turning it on in case system it fast enough to render at 60+ FPS and off in case FPS is less than 60 FPS. This technology allows tear-free 60 FPS gameplay on decent systems without undesired drops down to 30 FPS in performance-constrained situations. Unfortunately current versions of GPU drivers lack OpenGL extension that is required for this vsync control system to work. Although it had been reported by nVIDIA linux driver development team member that the implementation of this extension is complete and it would be introduced in future driver versions, as of driver version 295.40 the extension in question is still unavailable. To overcome the problem and get a tear-free gaming experience in Rage one would have to reconfigure the game to use traditional vsync controlling scheme (FPS drops down to 15/30 in case system is not fast enough to render at 60+/30+ FPS). Recommended way to enable traditional vsync control scheme is to create «Rageconfig.cfg» file as explained in previous section and add the following line into it:
It should do the trick for the most cases. With some buggy GPU drivers this setting might have no effect. In such case you should try to force vsync "on" in GPU driver control panel. It might help but be prepared to face game "crash to desktop" and all kinds of render glitches as game engine wasn't designed to work with vsync forced on using GPU driver control panel.
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Rage64.exe + xaudio, anyone???
by Harry on Sunday May 12th 2013, 19:12
Cuda wrapper fails
by Leandro Terres on Tuesday May 15th 2012, 12:44
I recently purchased the game through steam platform and I followed the instructions for using the cuda wrapper, but always fails to start the game. If I remove the wrapper and use the library included in the game works for me fairly well.
I have compiled the library on a openSUSE 12.1 x86_64, both 32 and 64 bits. My current wine version is 1.5.4 from openSUSE repositories.
My system is an AMD 640 x4 with 8 GB DDR3 and a GTX 550 Ti 1GB. Any ideas why not work?
RAGE Sttoped working with sound...
by Artur hoOmE on Friday December 2nd 2011, 13:28
I've been passing by a problem that is related on the post, i don't think that is time to create a bug entry because i can't find anyone else with my specific problem, and, for that, i cant find the solution.
When i was with Wine 1.3.28 and an older WinePrefix with alot of things installed on it, RAGE was working fine, with sound, i've just need to set sound to full emulation and prefix to Windows 7, so, when i upgraded to Wine 1.3.29, in the same prefix, still was working fine. All of this was happening with Debian Wheezy (Testing) with Alsa sound system, i don't use pulseaudio because it's has some "bad understanding with my sound card" so, most of the applications, even the native ones, like audio players wont work fine, but, this is another history, botton of the line, i'm using alsa rsrs. Well, when i've upgraded to Wine 1.3.30 the sound in RAGE started to be lagged, very bad, like a robot voice, so, because of this bug and the other apps that stopped working on this prefix, i've decided that is better to create a new prefix, i've created a prefix with all the apps that i'm normally installed, and the thing get worse, no sound at all, and i don't know why, what i've tried:
-> installing RAGE with a clean prefix
-> installing DirectX Jun_2010 Version by myself adding all registry keys manually
-> installing DirectX Jun_2010 Version by winetricks
-> installing only the xact_jun2010 with winetricks
-> changing the prefix to Windows XP, Vista and 7
-> Deleting the HKLU/Software/Wine/DirectSound
-> I've not tried to set sound to emulated because the newest versions of wine don't have it, and i think that is for a good reason, so, i don't try to do that by registry.
The strange thing is that only RAGE is affected by this problem, other games and apps are just working really fine, i've also tested all other games on my wine, and, non of then has this problem.
Just one detail, i've been upgrading wine when the versions are sended to sourceforge, now i have Wine 1.3.33, i also can compile from git, but i never compiled wine from git before, and recently i've been upgraded to Debian Wheezy AMD64, but, Wine is still 32Bits, i'm using the ia32 compatibility libs, and the OpenGL Nvidia 32Bits compatibility libs too (to 3D work with 32Bits apps).
A debate about game rating
by Maquis196 on Tuesday November 29th 2011, 3:48
Hi, my tests results were rejected for 3 reasons (2 of them being valid - as in driver version and vram amount I forgot to add) but I would like to argue my point about my platinum rating;
Isn't platinum reserved for anything that works out the box without any messing around in winecfg? Fact remains that you can't get around the game installing it's own stuff on start (an annoying fact with steam games :S). But wouldn't this fall under the remit of platinum?
Not trolling, I'm just genuinely curious, I'm super for quite a few games so am genuinely wondering :)
Crashing when changing resolution
by Del on Tuesday November 15th 2011, 15:45
I have been trying to get Rage to run this evening on a brand new Nvidia GTX570, but encountered problems. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
Set-up: Installed and runs throug Steam.
Wine versions tested: 1.3.28 and 1.3.32
OS: Kubuntu 11.10 64-bit
Nvidia driver version : 280.13
Problem description: I get an error message when starting Rage from Steam claiming that the nvidia driver is too old. I am wondering whether this is some garbage left from the previous nvidia card that was too old to run Rage. Have anyone else had this issue? Choosing to continue, I get to start the game. Once the introduction stops I try to change the resolution, but then the game crashes.
Mouse input issues
by San on Friday November 4th 2011, 16:49
First of all it's impressive to see such a graphical heavy game working on/near launch! After updating the drivers to the latest version (to fix the crash after the intro movie) the game works and seem to perform at the same level as on windows 7.
I have an issue with input though. For some reason mouse clicks move the mouse cursor (diagonal) in the menu and ingame the overall mouse input is unplayable due to looking at roofs and floors all the time. I can move around with WASD and the framerate is more than decent. This input issue makes it unplayable :(
I tried the suggestions on the list here (sensitivity and smooth) but it doesn't seem to work. Any thoughts?
Ubuntu 10.04 64bit
Nvidia GTX 260 (+xorg-edgers ppa for the latest nvidia drivers)
Latest wine from official repo
by Dane Mutters on Tuesday October 25th 2011, 1:25
For completeness' sake, I should note that when running on a fairly fast Windows 7 rig (natively/no WINE or emulation/virtualization), texture pop-in is a problem, so this effect (mentioned in the summary) might not have anything at all to do with performance under WINE, but rather everything to do with the game, itself.
I haven't tried using the tweaks described here in my Windows installation, so I don't know if they help with that, or if it's mostly/entirely a WINE-related fix/workaround.
Intel Core 2 Quad @ 2.66GHz
8GB DDR2/800MHz RAM
Nvidia Geforce 560 Ti video card
1TB 3Gb/s SATA2 HD (rotary).