Rage is a big game

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So big that it’s going to require a little disc swapping on the Xbox 360 to see it all. The PS3 version comes on one blu-ray, but both versions allow installation of content on the consoles given that you have enough space to pack all of it down.

The PS3 version, for example, is an 8GB installation that will have players doing something else for the several minutes it will take to complete. And as an aside for the PC “Master Race”, installations are just par for the course other than in waiting for a service like Steam to unlock the game for its official debut on October 4th.

According to id’s own Tim Willits in an interview with Eurogamer, however, Xbox 360 players won’t have to install everything. They can get away with installing one of the discs (such as multiplayer which is on its own) and then uninstalling it to install another if they’re pressed on space though that sounds like more of a chore than in simply getting up and switching the disc.

We’ve come far since the days of installing multiple floppies and CDs on PCs even though the dreaded disc swap is still with us. Developers have also been getting a lot better in organizing the data to make sure that its as one-way as possible.

RPGs have been doing that with titles such as Lost Odyssey and FF13, though some players are still irritated at having to physically change the media regardless of whatever technical advances are made. For me, I see these as small breaks to do something else before diving back into the action – such as loading up on snacks before the next action packed run.