In the past, to get a good war of words, one had to go to a debate team competition, a Congressional session, or to a bar during a local sports rivalry match. However, Edge magazine is bringing controversy ever closer to home. John Carmack, founder of id Software, could not stop with the statement about the Xbox 360 version of the upcoming Rage requiring four DVDs versus the PlayStation 3’s one Blu-ray disc. He flipped the script on the raging argument and told Edge that the Xbox 360 and PC versions will have higher framerates than their PlayStation 3 counterpart.
The 360 version matches the 60 frame per second framerate of the PC edition, while the PS3 can only run at “20 – 30 fps.” No word on whether this difference will be addressed before the game hits shelves, but Carmack says “The PS3 lags a little bit behind in terms of getting the performance out of it.”
He continues, “The rasteriser is just a little bit slower – no two ways about that.” Carmack does not lend hope to a fix by release, stating that the issue due to the fact that “The RSX is slower than what we have in the 360. The CPU is about the same, but the 360 makes it easier to split things off, and that’s what a lot of the work has been, splitting it all into jobs on the PS3.”
While the PS3 seemed to be the better option, with its one disc, it seems more fuel has been poured on the console debate fire, as we now must choose between disc swapping and a better framerate. What would you choose?