Destructoid have contacted Bethesda regarding the ‘Blu-ray churning’ issue, as described by John Carmack from id Software at Quakecon. John had said,
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.
Bethesda’s marketing chief, Pete Hines, has countered John’s comment by saying,
We had Rage running on PS3 in the press room [at QuakeCon] for folks to do their previews. We are very pleased with the PS3 version of RAGE. One of the cornerstones of the new idTech5 technology is that all assets are identical across all platforms. The experience that players have will be the same on all three platforms.
A cynic could point out that ‘assets’ could refer to sound files, models and textures which are obviously shared between all versions of the game and that ‘the experience’ means absolutely nothing at all and is just PR speak, and that Mr. Hines has just fed Destructoid some poetic prose.
However I’m in a good mood (not having your neighbourhood firebombed has that effect) so it’s a big hurrah from me, they’ve fixed the texture pop up in Rage!