id Software: ‘Graphics will always matter’
Rage is a graphical behemoth that runs at a solid sixty frames per second. For some gamers gameplay matters the most. But given the technology geeks that the people at id Software are, its no surprise that according to them graphics and visuals matter too.
In an interesting interview by VG247, id Software CEO Todd Hollenshead, graphics will always matter in video games:
‘Coming from id – and this is Carmack’s quote – graphics will always matter. And I agree with that 100 percent. I think that there’s a point where you get diminishing returns, obviously. You approach reality until the point that you get there. And then, once you get there – which, we never will – but the curve gets so close that the differences are imperceptible to most consumers. I don’t think we’re anywhere near there yet. We’re still making graphical trade-offs and working within system constraints. If you gave us twice the horsepower, I guarantee we’d soak up every single bit of it.’
He then boasts (rightfully) that how Rage runs at 60FPS and how this is a difference when compared to competition.
‘in RAGE, we decided to run it at 60 hertz and put all our elbow grease behind that when most of our competition is running at 30 hertz. And I think it’s a difference-maker.’
Rage releases this September on the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.