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Carmack: Rage PS3 Lagging Behind Xbox 360, PC

Rage from id Software is the famed developer's upcoming game for PC, Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3.

While developing for the Xbox 360 alongside the PC is fairly simple, we've heard multiple times from many developers that making a game for the PlayStation 3 can be a challenge.

Even with its engine designed for multiplatforms, id Software is experiencing difficulties squeezing performance from the PS3.

"The PS3 does lag a little bit behind in terms of getting the performance out of it," said John Carmack, lead programmer at id Software, quoted in an interview with Edge.

Currently the Xbox 360 (and PC version with the right hardware) run at 60 FPS, but the PS3 version is lagging behind at only 20 to 30 FPS.

"The rasteriser is just a little bit slower – no two ways about that. The RSX is slower than what we have in the 360," Carmack acknowledged. "Processing wise, the main CPU is about the same, but the 360 makes it easier to split things off, and that’s where a lot of the work has been, splitting it all into jobs on the PS3."

Carmack isn't giving up on the platform, however, as the plan is to get the PS3 version running at the same speed as all the other ones.

"Everything is designed as a 60 hertz game. We expect this to be 60 hertz on every supported platform," he added. "The work remaining is getting it locked so there’s never a dropped frame or a tear, but we’re confident that we’re going to get that."

  • LATTEH
    i can feel theres gonna be a flame war about this D:
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  • tayb
    This is what has been said over and over again. The PS3 is much more complex to program for and the only thing that is going to show what the console is truly capable of are first party exclusives. Sony really did completely forget what the point of a console was with this generation. Had the focused on gaming and not house brand processors and blu-ray they might not be falling so far behind.
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  • chinesemafia69
    ps3 will still win at the end
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  • chinesemafia69
    ps3 will still win at the end
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  • chinesemafia69
    sorry for the double post
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  • invisik
    I disagree i think wii will win if not already won =P
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  • ryokinshin
    Gameinformer this month has him stating the total system power gives them more to work with as well as the blu-ray advantages(2 disc Rage, 3 disc Doom 4). Other devs have also said it being easy to work with the system once you get used to the different(not hard) way of programming for it. All third party games are now trading blows in terms of performance and visuals. Obviously someone like him prefers a PC style approach considering his background.
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  • shrex
    "The rasteriser is just a little bit slower – no two ways about that. The RSX is slower than what we have in the 360,"

    "but the PS3 version is lagging behind at only 20 to 30 FPS."

    Thats about 200-300% slower.
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  • kawininjazx
    I love my PS3 but it was a bad idea to go so crazy with the technology and make it hard to program for. I was #1 with Nintendo since the original NES came out(Gamecube and PS2 were a tie probably) but I gave up on them with the Wii, its not how I wanna play. PS3 is #1 with me.
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  • ryokinshin
    @shex, that is just their current, or previous performance. Does not mean they can't get it to 60 or he would have said that instead.
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