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Rage Xbox 360 install to devour 22GB of space

Xbox 360 owners will need to secure a sizeable chunk of hard drive space to experience the full extent of id Software's Rage. This weekend, studio head John Carmack told Quakecon 2011 attendees that a complete installation of the upcoming post-apocalyptic shooter will require upwards of 22GB of HDD room, and there will be no partial fixes.

“On the 360 we don’t have a partial install option; it’s all or nothing, which is kind of unfortunate,” admitted Carmack, explaining, “It means you have to install 21 to 22GB of stuff which takes a long time, but if you’ve got it and you play it on the 360 that’s the way to go.”

“Once you get everything from memory that works pretty good, but if you’re coming straight from the hard drive then the first time you walk into everything from the DVD or from the Blu-ray – even worse in terms of total latency time – you listen to that Blu-ray churning around as its pulling everything in,” he added.

Rage will arrive for the Xbox 360 on three discs; two for the solo campaign, and another for the multiplayer. It's unclear if the single Blu-ray PS3 version will have a similar install option when it arrives alongside its PC and Xbox 360 editions on October 4th in North America, and October 7th in  the UK.

Check out John Carmack's full keynote address, including his true feelings on developing for PC over consoles, here.

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30 comments

  • Terrorrizor - August 12, 2011 5:56 a.m.

    Why didn't they just sell blu ray upgrades for the 360? Microsoft has been generating in theory millions of bucks to improve x box live, they could've probly doubled the sales of xboxes especially if they upgrade was inexpensive. But then again it's probly more complicated that and some kind of technology copyrights or something. Oh well, maybe next generation. I like my ps3 though but Xbox does racing games better...
  • Spybreak8 - August 11, 2011 1:45 a.m.

    Man I wish I could upgrade but that isn't quite as easy as it sounds. I'd have to get the new xbox in order to get the 250 GB hard drive as I'm running with the 120 Pro model atm. Oh well that disc is going to be spinning and generating heat then.
  • ZigzMagoo - August 9, 2011 7:57 a.m.

    @kethmach I bought a 4 gig Xbox, it was cheap and all I needed was something to play Madden and Red Dead with. Believe me or not, but when I saw the title for this article, my face literally twisted in disgust. If its gonna be that rediculous, you might as well get it on PC (because PC's are ten times better as well). Also, I think this game is getting an undeserved amount of interest, as it basically looks like a generic rip-off of Fallout, Motorstorm, and Borderlands. And I honestly don't give a fuck what John Carmack has to say. Todd Howard yes, Ken Levine maybe, but John Carmack go stick his opinions up his own ass
  • Rowdie - August 9, 2011 2:54 a.m.

    Carmack lays down one of the greatest 90 minutes of programing greatness and the story we get out of that is how big the 360 install is? Not that the point isn't note worthy but it's such a small tiny almost forgetful bit. The sony fans need to settle down fast and hope this story blows over 'cause if you bother actually watching the video you'll understand that the PS3 is gimp'd compared to the 360 for this engine. Its painfully slow bluray is the worse possible way to play and at this point sony limits the install size so at some point you're going to have to pull from the optical drive. Seriously people, drop the console war crap and just go watch the video. It'll be 90 of the best minutes you ever spent as a gamer and it's not even a game. There's some hope sony will see the light and not let their version of rage the worse possible option and actually let you id fully install the game on the PS3's hdd. Even then it won't run as well as the 360 version because of the non-unified memory and the fact the PS3's OS takes up more space in ram than the 360's os. Bottom line, less available ram means less performance.
  • ChrisCultista - August 9, 2011 1:17 a.m.

    This just in! The 360 is trying to play nextgen games. EVERYBODY PANIC!
  • raptorak - August 8, 2011 9:49 p.m.

    lol@ any dole scrub who can't afford a new hard-drive. 2TB drives are like 30 quid for fucks sake get a job.
  • JSayonara - August 8, 2011 9:30 p.m.

    If you have an old 360 with the original 20g HDD (like I do), you can now pick up a second hand 120g HDD for peanuts, due to the fact that they're not compatible with the new 360's. I think I picked mine up for a tenner in Blockbusters. Quick wipe of the previous guy's stuff and no problems since. Saved me a bundle on a new 360.
  • DirkSteele1 - August 8, 2011 8:27 p.m.

    Thank goodness I bought an Elite. That is a lot of GB.
  • chrisat928 - August 8, 2011 8:16 p.m.

    Surprise! Those pretty graphics take a fuck load of space. And games are not going to be getting smaller. If you haven't, you better invest in a new HDD.
  • inkyspot - August 8, 2011 7:39 p.m.

    Not a problem for me, I have space for this. Bring it on!
  • flautist8807 - August 8, 2011 7:20 p.m.

    That's more hard drive space than I have in total hard drive for my Xbox. I need a new hard drive.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - August 8, 2011 7:15 p.m.

    I have 10 gigs left, what the fuck do I do? I didn't even hear that Rage was supposed to be that long in the first place, about 11-16 hours. Two discs? Another for multiplayer? Hope it's worth it.
  • HipsterKitten - August 8, 2011 7:11 p.m.

    You don't HAVE to install it when you have an xbox. At should be obvious.
  • SirNinja - August 8, 2011 7:07 p.m.

    Yikes. Hopefully you'll be able to pre-load it on Steam a couple days before the release date...it's going to take quite some time for most people to download 22GB.
  • Xifihas - August 8, 2011 6:30 p.m.

    Whatever, I wasn't planning on getting this anyway, looks and sounds too damn generic to me.
  • Markoose16 - August 8, 2011 6:29 p.m.

    I'm still on my 20GB harddrive that came with the thing 5 years ago, so to play this game I'd have to pay more than £90. If I'm honest it actually hasn't interested me yet anyway, just another shooter but with better graphics than the rest.
  • shorty_bobert - August 8, 2011 6:09 p.m.

    Okay... uh. F*** this game then. I'm not buying another HDD and certainly not wasting my time transferring my data between the two.
  • ThePrivateer - August 8, 2011 6:04 p.m.

    Wait, I'm confused... Does this mean that you have to install the game to play it? I only have about 7 gigs left on my 20 gig harddrive that I've had for six years... I really don't want to have to buy another hard drive just to play this game. Someone help!
  • PopeTackler - August 8, 2011 6:03 p.m.

    So.. the game comes on 3 DVDs and it'll take 22GB to install all those DVDs to your harddrive. Where's the news? If you choose to install this game, then yes, you'll need a large-ish harddrive in your Xbox.
  • Scavengre - August 8, 2011 5:43 p.m.

    Hopefully, there are some form of Multi-install options for PS3 IE MGS4. I have over 200GB free on my 360s so requiring ~20GB isnt much to ask for from me. We'll have to see, but for me to pick it for one system or another its going to come down to if there are any notable differences with the visuals between the two. Personally the later in console cycles that it gets the more I am leaning on getting future titles for my PC rather than my consoles.

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