General stability improvements Optimize performance for Core 2 Duo CPUs Fixed Radiant Story incorrectly filling certain roles Fixed magic resistances not calculating properly Fixed issue with placing books on bookshelves inside player purchased homes Fixed dragon animation issues with saving and loading Fixed Y-look input to scale correctly with framerate
RAGE Patch Release Notes - October 8th 2011 -------------------------------------------
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.
When VSync is turned ON you should not see screen tearing. However, any time your frame rate drops below 60 frames per second you will get a sudden more severe drop to 30 frames per second. This is how VSync inherently works. If your computer cannot maintain 60 frames per second and you miss the synchronization to the vertical retrace of your monitor then you will miss a whole frame and synchronize to the next frame instead.
Some graphics drivers now support a so called "swap-tear" extension. You can try using this extension by setting VSync to SMART. If your graphics driver supports this extension and you set VSync to SMART then RAGE will synchronize to the vertical retrace of your monitor when your computer is able to maintain 60 frames per second and the screen may tear if your frame rate drops below 60 frames per second. In other words the SMART VSync option trades a sudden drop to 30 frames per second with occasional screen tearing. Occasional screen tearing is usually considered less distracting than a more severe drop in frame rate.
If your graphics driver does not support SMART VSync and you set VSync to SMART in the video settings then RAGE will automatically fall back to turning VSync OFF and you may experience screen tearing. The "swap-tear" extension is brand new and may still present some issues on certain graphics hardware. If you experience any problems using SMART Vsync then set VSync to either ON or OFF. We are actively working with the graphics hardware vendors to improve the "swap-tear" extension.
If changing VSync in the RAGE video settings menu does not appear to make any difference then make sure you are not overriding the VSync setting in the graphics vendor control panel. You can find the graphics vendor control panel by right-clicking on the Windows desktop and selecting the " control panel" option from the pop-up menu.
If you force VSync to the 'on' setting in the graphics vendor control panel then you should not see any screen tearing in RAGE but you may get a more severe drop in frame rate if your computer cannot maintain 60 frames per second.
If you force VSync to the 'off' setting in the graphics vendor control panel then you may experience screen tearing no matter what setting you use for the VSync option in the RAGE video settings menu.
Texture Cache -------------
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.
If the Texture Cache is set to LARGE then RAGE will keep more texture data in video memory. This may not only significantly reduce blurry textures and texture popping, it will also allow complex scenes to be rendered with more texture detail.
However, this may not work on computers that do not have enough system or video memory, or you may experience a significant drop in performance. If you experience issues due to hardware limitations you will have to set the Texture Cache back to SMALL.
If after changing the Texture Cache to LARGE you experience a crash or texture corruption (like a partially or completely blue world) then the graphics driver may have run out of memory.
We are actively working with the graphics card vendors to resolve any crashes.
If you do not experience a crash but you see texture corruption then you may be able to get the large Texture Cache to work by accepting the change and restarting the game. If you still experience texture corruption after restarting the game you will have to set the Texture Cache back to SMALL.
You may also be able to improve the memory situation on your computer by changing the Windows paging file management. Note that making changes to the Windows paging file management may change the performance characteristics of your computer. Any changes you make to your system configuration are at your own risk. Always make backups of your system and revert these changes if you notice undesirable side effects.
To change the paging file management on Windows Vista and Windows 7, first press the "Start" button, then right-click on "Computer" and then select "Properties" from the popup menu. Then select "Advanced system settings" on the window that appears. Select the "Advanced" tab on the "System Properties" window that is displayed and press the "Settings" button under "Performance". Select the "Advanced" tab on the "Performance Options" window that shows up next and press the "Change..." button under "Virtual memory". Now uncheck the option "Automatically manage paging file size for all drives" and make sure that the option "System managed size" is selected on the "Virtual Memory" window. Confirm the change by pressing the "OK" button on each window. After making this change you will have to restart your computer for the change to take effect.
To change the paging file management on Windows XP, first press the "Start" button, then right-click on "My Computer" and then select "Properties" from the popup menu. Select the "Advanced" tab on the "System Properties" window that is displayed and press the "Settings" button under "Performance". Select the "Advanced" tab on the "Performance Options" window that shows up next and press the "Change" button under "Virtual memory". Make sure that the option "System managed size" is selected on the "Virtual Memory" window. Confirm the change by pressing the "OK" button on each window. After making this change you will have to restart your computer for the change to take effect.
Anisotropic Filter ------------------
The new "Anisotropic Filter" option in the video settings menu allows you to increase the anisotropic texture filtering.
Anisotropic filtering is a method to enhance the image quality of textures on surfaces that are at oblique viewing angles.
The anisotropic texture filtering in RAGE defaults to a low value to accommodate for low-end graphics hardware. However, the anisotropic filtering can be increased for high-end graphics hardware by setting the Anistropic Filter option to HIGH in the video settings menu.
Do not force anisotropic filtering to the on setting in the graphics vendor control panel because this may cause rendering artifacts in the game.
Note that increasing the anisotropic filtering may improve the texture quality while it may also decrease the frame rate.
Patch Changes / Fixes ---------------------
- Implemented workaround for AMD driver crash right after intro cinematic on Win 7 32-bit systems. - Disabled UBOs because they are causing animation issues with AMD drivers. - Don't allow swap-tear to be enabled on AMD while the extension is not exposed because it may crash. - Support for new video settings: "texture cache", "vsync" and "anisotropic filter" - Automatically adjust vt_maxPPF based on the number of available cores. - Improved performance for SLI cards when GPU transcode is enabled. - Fix for GPU Transcoding option being disabled after exiting gameplay. - Added safe mode to restore video settings to default values. - Allow g_fov to be changed from the RAGE launch options in Steam. - Server now forwards text chat from clients to all other clients while in-game.
Known Graphical Issues ----------------------
The following issues were found using NVIDIA graphics hardware with the GeForce R285 Driver or AMD graphics hardware with the AMD Catalyst 11.10 Version 2 Preview Driver.
- If you turn up both the screen resolution and anti-aliasing settings to high values in the video settings menu and/or you enable "GPU Transcode" then the screen may no longer update on some hardware configurations. This means your system does not have the necessary video memory to run with these high settings. You can re-enter the video settings menu and lower your settings to restart screen updates.
- If you turn up both the screen resolution and anti-aliasing settings to high values in the video settings menu you may experience a crash if your system does not have the necessary memory to run with these high settings. To avoid this problem you will have to re-enter the video settings menu to lower the settings. If you can no longer launch the game after changing the video settings to high values you can add the following to your RAGE launch options in Steam:
The launch options can be found by right-clicking on RAGE in Steam and selecting "Properties". Then click on "Set Launch Options" in the dialog that pops up. Adding this option will reset your video settings to the default values the next time the game is launched. When the game is launched in safe mode the game will show "safe mode" in the corners of the screen. Do not forget to remove the safe mode launch option after launching the game once to make sure you do not lose your video settings each time you launch the game.
- Using a NVIDIA graphics card on Windows XP 32-bit or XP 64-bit, you may experience a crash or hang when changing the screen resolution in full screen mode or switching from windowed mode to full screen mode. This has been identified as a graphics driver problem. We have spent significant effort trying to work around this problem and were successful in reducing the frequency of occurrence but a driver update is necessary to completely fix the problem. We are actively working with NVIDIA to make a solution to this problem available as soon as possible.
- Using an AMD graphics card, you may experience black flickering artifacts on flags, banners and zip-lines if you run in full screen mode. This has been identified as a graphics driver problem. We are actively working with AMD on a solution to this problem.
- Using an AMD graphics card, you may experience black grid lines on some graphical user interface (GUI) elements like the in-game mini-map. This has been identified as a graphics driver problem. We are actively working with AMD on a solution to this problem. If you find the grid lines particularly distracting, you can add the following to the RAGE launch options in Steam as a temporary workaround.
The launch options can be found by right-clicking on RAGE in Steam and selecting "Properties". Then click on "Set Launch Options" in the dialog that pops up. However, note that adding this setting will lower the general texture quality in the game.
- If you have an AMD graphics card with a dual core CPU system you may experience severe hitching and low frame rates. This has been identified as a driver problem. We are actively working with AMD on a solution to this problem. As a temporary workaround you may add the following to the RAGE launch options in Steam:
The launch options can be found by right-clicking on RAGE in Steam and selecting "Properties". Then click on "Set Launch Options" in the dialog that pops up.
- If you are running RAGE in full-screen mode and you ALT-TAB to a different application you may lose your VSync setting. When you switch to a different application VSync stops functioning. RAGE detects that VSync is no longer working and automatically switches back to synchronizing to real-time to make sure the game time advances in a consistent manner. We are actively working with the graphics vendors on a solution to this problem.
Updates to Fallout: New Vegas have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:
New feature: system save is automatically created prior to endgame sequence. After credits, user is prompted to load save game. This will allow single save players to play DLC without creating a new game.
Fixed issue where Minigun audio could get stuck/keep playing indefinitely when fired out of VATS.
Script fix to restore destroyed ED-E. This should address issues players have with attempting to use certain companions (e.g. Rex) or when the player needs to clear his or her companions before entering an area (e.g. Zion / Honest Hearts).
New Companion Dismissal Terminals added to Gun Runners and Lucky 38. These will allow players with lost companions from earlier patches to force-fire if they are experiencing problems attempting to get into DLC or areas that prevent companions from entering.
Arms no longer lifted above head when sneaking with certain weapons.
Fixed sound cutting out after extended playthroughs.
Massive world optimizations in major areas for better stability/performance with multiple DLCs installed.
Players can now have six or more DLCs installed without encountering an infinite loading DLC message on startup.
Navmesh fixes/NPCs no longer getting stuck.
Scripts added to keep certain NPCs who were marked as dead from respawning.
Extensive world optimizations for Hoover Dam.
Fixed lockup with Ranger Grants forcegreet at HD/NCR path.
Fixed NPC AI packages so they dont get stuck at HD.
Fixed bug where upgraded ED-E could be killed in non-hardcore mode.
Post-assassination Kimball now gets removed prior to Hoover Dam battle.
Fixed navmesh around Camp Searchlight to improve performance over long soaks.
Searchlight Troopers dont bump into each other as often.
Fixed navmesh on HD Observation Deck.
New teleport locations for Legion path through Hoover Dam. Improves performance.
Radio stations will work properly now if DLC is uninstalled.
Fixed instances where it was possible to fast travel during Hoover Dam battle.
Fixed case where recruited Remnants were hostile to player during HD battle on Independent and House paths. They will still turn hostile if you shoot them too much though.
Two vending machines in Hoover Dam were facing the wrong way.
Made it so Big Sal/Nero no longer accepts yield if the other is already dead.
Removed Brotherhood objectives when ED-E is given to the Followers.
Fixed rare instance where Cachino turned hostile on the player if player attacks Big Sal/Nero prior to Cachino entering the room.
Fixed crashes in Ultra-Luxe.
Fixed Alpha Squad snipers getting stuck when told to support player.
Fix for Lilys weapon being displayed oddly on her back..
Improvements to navmesh and pathing in Great Khan Longhouse. Fixes crashes.
Plasma Spaz now gives 20% AP reduction (was 10%).
Fixed crash after hearing certain ED-E dialog triggers.
Fixed instance where Boone would constantly holster his rifle in combat if player had lost rep with the NCR.
Veronica no longer waits for player to speak to her before leaving after Hidden Valley is destroyed.
Extensive optimizations in McCarran.
Optimized NPC packages at Camp Golf to improve performance. Misfits now stay in a normal radius.
Arcade now properly rants against Caesar (once).
Motor-Runner Helmet now properly 0 weight. Also removed after quest completes.
NCR Heavy Troopers will now attack player if you attack Hsu.
Vulpes (and Alerio) now properly forcegreet if you somehow fast travel before their initial forcegreet fires.
Killing hostages while helping Khans no longer fails quest.
Gilbert/Ackerman now properly stay dead if murdered.
Mr. New Vegas will only mention failed NCR attack on Powder Gangers if Troopers are dead and Eddie is alive.
Fixed case where player could break quest with Orris if they fast traveled after he shoots thugs, but before forcegreet.
Generic Powder Gangers now set as Aggressive (previously Very Aggressive).
Fixed rare case of black screen during dialog at REPCONN facility.
Fixed phantom quest marker remaining on Major Knight after hes killed.
Fix for incorrect dialog if player meets Bryce Anders after killing Motor Runner.
Player can no longer isolate the BoS virus by hitting isolate virus three times on a single console.
Fixed crash related to Arcade leaving the Remnants bunker.
Fixed Nightkin encounter at Tumbleweed Ranch to occur after user reloads a save.
Arcade will no longer attempt to initiate his quest during Hoover Dam.
Hoover Dam Boomer Bombing Run now works properly after save/reload.
Cass now only barks once per gameday and not every two gamehours.
Fixed XP exploits with MantisForeleg.
Massive optimizations in Westside, North Vegas and The Thorn. Improves AI pathing and performance with high uptimes.
Optimizations in Vault 19.
Fixed issue where Oliver Swanick would respawn after three days if killed.
Pathing improvements to The Strip and North Sewers.
Moved teleport doors on The Strip so NPCs dont collide with players or other actors that stand in front of doors.
Ethel, Walter, and the Station Merchant no longer wander or patrol to avoid collisions with other NPCs.
Separated NPCs in the North Sewers.
Fixed issue where window in Vault 19 let player see through the world.
Greasers from Crandons quest now become disabled when the player leaves the area.
Fixed a Legion melee NPC near Nelson that was under the terrain.
Modified Legion and NCR hit-squad NPCs to use new level lists. They now have a smoother leveling curve that takes into account new level caps. Legion and NCR hit squad spawning was also
revised to make their appearance more consistent and less memory-intensive.
Fixed issue where Omerta thugs wouldnt leave Freeside if you killed Joana and Carlitos.
Cazador Poison Effect sound no longer plays globally if someone, somewhere gets stung. Only plays if the player is hit.
Player can no longer repair the Grenade Launcher with the minigun.
Fix for companions going into unconscious/conscious cycle over and over again when stung with Cazador poison. In normal mode (or against companions), Cazador poison now lasts 8
seconds, doing 18 points of damage per second. It is, in fact, even deadlier than the normal version, but lasts 1/4 as long. In hardcore mode or against the player, poison remains 30 seconds/5 damage per second.
Casino slot scripts altered so their max bets do not produce game economy-ruining levels of cap overflow
Hit the Deck and Stonewall now properly work with players weapon condition. Hit the Deck is now +25 DT vs. Explosives instead of +50% vs. Explosives.
Adjusted Deathclaw fatigue to make them less exploitable with certain attacks. Inconsistent health values for Deathclaws were also corrected (in favor of stronger Deathclaws).
Cazadores are now properly flagged as fliers, so they wont set off mines.
Increased radii for plasma and pulse grenades.
Fixed bug where rescued Powder Gangers would return to the legion camp.
Added Followers of the Apocalypse supplies to three areas of Hoover Dam if you gain their support and fight on independent or NCR paths. This also enables the FoA + NCR "good" ending through Julie Farkas.
Optimizations for Westside.
Fixed issues with Recharger Pistol animation.
Fixed issue where Aba Daba Honeymoon wouldnt update if the player was running O My Papa simultaneously.
Typo: Night Stalker Blood changed to Nightstalker Blood
Yes-Man now checks both Loyal and Pearls status before the player can tell him the Boomer leaders are dead.
Removed Intelligence flag from Int<=2 check at REPCONN HQ, as engine doesnt support checks that low.
Fixed scripting on Lonesome Drifter barter check so player doesnt get next objective with Tommy Torini if they fail.
Legion Assassins moveto script no longer occurs every frame (frees up memory).
Added recipe so player can now break down 12.7mm ammo.
Four Eyes now works with ball cap with glasses.
There is now always an option to give ED-E to Lorenzo, even if player has said no the first time.
Mister Sandman no longer works on The Forecaster (XP exploit).
Ultra-Luxe doors no longer disable player controls if player is an enemy of the White Gloves.
Fix scripting conflict between Cold, Cold Heart and Mojave Ghost with Vulpes/Benny.
Fixed issue where player could become control locked in Gommorah if they had installed Yes-Man.
Player can now re-hire Arcade if ED-E is in the party.
Ultra-Luxe now properly pays out in Legion and NCR money.
Veronicas companion perks (as in the ones Veronica gets, not the player) now properly assigned.
Waiting companions will no longer get teleported by the Vault 22 elevator.
Changed objectives for How Little We Know to better reflect branching paths.
Return to Yes-Man objective no longer reopens if player tells him to go to Lucky 38 in Wild Card: Change in Management.
Player can no longer pickpocket Button Man to break the scene where he shoots Cachino.
Player can no longer ask Cachino about plans if Bosses are already dead.
Fix for ED-E combat dialog.
Ranger Helmet now has weight/value.
Fixed Gomorrah holdout scripting to properly affect companions.
Lily now properly uses Stealth Boy when player is sneaking if told to keep it during her quest.
Fixed exploit where player could get infinite XP for punching Big Sals corpse.
Fixed scripting for For the Republic II where exposing Karl would prematurely complete the objective to destroy the Khans.
Fixed instance where fast travel was disabled when creating new game post-credits.
Inventory will now show cumulative weight of item stacks instead of weight of a single item.
Missile projectiles will no longer show in players target HUD.
Player will now unequip a weapon if consuming it in the crafting menu (fixes crash).
Weapons with recharging ammo now display ammo properly.
Fixed rare instance where player could be control-locked if loading an autosave created while lockpicking a transition door.
Beamsplitter mod fixed to proper DAM/DPS.
Crafting can no longer create weapons/armor at 100% condition.
Repair kits can no longer repair to 100% condition.
Throwing weapons can no longer take damage, and are dropped when shot at 100% condition.
DT Perks that increase DT based on enemy weapon should function properly.
Weapons using multiple rounds of ammunition per shot fired now show proper VATS damage estimate.
Fixed rare case where broken stick of dynamite could crash game if thrown.
NPCs will now play face cards on players stack in Caravan.
Various tweaks to audio system to improve memory performance.
Fixed issue where looping reload weapons would get stuck, causing VATS camera to point to the ground.
Fixed clock/calendar so that it doesnt reset on a fresh load.
Fixed .45 auto pistol displaying incorrect condition/value on modding screen.
Both DAM and DPS now display on workbenches when creating explosives.
For ammo that reduce spread (like 12ga) effect is now properly applied to spread, not wobble.
Fixed crash when attempting to enter DLC1 with equipped quest items.
General • Fixed font corruption issue • Removed look-at code when throwing items to team mates • Fixed players getting stuck if they attempted to deploy mid-mantle • Fixed multiple clicks being played when player jumps in multiplayer • Mines are now visible to spectators • Added support for minimizing the game when running in windowed mode • net_clientMaxRate can now be set on a client to tweak its own bandwidth requirements • Cheat-protected several potentially exploitable cvars • Removed some old, unused cvars • Added unsupported auto-save backup system for advanced users - Can read backup saves by setting "save_readFile" to the desired save - Setting save_enableBackups to 0 will disable the auto-save backups
User Interface • Revamped the server browser • Server browser filters are now remembered between sessions • Server browser now auto-refreshes the currently selected server • Ping is now displayed numerically on the scoreboard • Map loading screen now displays server name and IP • Tweaked UI flow when joining a match via Steam • Fixed exploit that allowed players to use locked customization items • Fixed issue when listening to one audio log but highlighting another • Fixed connecting to servers with in their names
Balance • Tweaked objective times on several maps • Increased the time it takes Engineers to remove a Hackbox • Increased XP given for completing Primary Objectives • Reduced the duration of Adrenaline buff
Dedicated Servers • Fixed several dedicated server crashes • Improved messaging for unexpected server shutdowns • Reduced warning spam in dedicated server console • Increased default net_serverSnapshotDelay to 3 (from 1) - Lowers bandwidth & CPU usage by sending fewer snapshots each seconds; can be changed by server admins
General: • Fixed sound dropping out when playing networked games • Improved graphical performance, especially when using Ambient Occlusion • Fixed voice packs being reset to default when you delete another character • Removed ability to use certain cheat protected commands in challenges • Fixed memory leak/crash when alt-tabbed out
User Interface: • Full servers are no longer filtered out of the browser • Added support for entering a range of numbers (i.e. 10-12) in server filters • Reduced font size in the server browser • Exiting Head customization returns to the correct menu • Fixed being unable to bind KP_Enter in the UI • Increased font size of in-game text chat • Enter now closes text chat prompt if empty • Fixed challenge in menu flashing even after completion
Dedicated Servers: • Improved dedicated server CPU performance • Fixed NPC not spawning for escort objectives online on servers using unsupported cvars
General: Fixed issues with custom ui_fov settings when playing as a client Added support for 2560x1440 Slightly improved start up times Fixed crash when clicking in blank area on Training Videos menu Fixed memory leaks on shutdown Fixed Be More Objective leaderboards being incorrectly named
Graphics: Fixed texture gridding issues on certain graphics cards Fixed settings being incorrectly applied on the advanced video options screen Improved performance when using Ambient Occlusion Fixed halos not rendering correctly
AI Bots: Removed bot intelligence inhibitors for Freeplay games Adjusted bot behaviour in Campaign games to make teams more evenly matched Changed bots objective priorities across all game modes Fixed issue with bot difficulty continually dropping
User Interface: Fixed poor server browser performance for users with a large number of items in their history Made server browser refreshes much more responsive Changed server browser to no longer group player counts by max players Added new pop-up text for server browser filters Fixed not being able to sort by favourites column Server browser now retrieves favourites correctly from Steam Fixed arrow keys not working when exiting out of a chat submenu Made it easier to select a default secondary weapon Disabled chat options in solo mode
Dedicated Servers: Can now use net_ip command to assign IPs to server instances Dedicated server binary can now be run as a service, which won't have a CSIDL_PERSONAL virtual folder