Rage is three discs on Xbox 360, requires 8GB install on PS3

id's upcoming shooter, Rage, is no small game. The PC version will require 25GB of free hard drive space minimum, a requirement that some Shackers are finding "painful."

So, how do the consoles fare? The PS3 version will demand quite a bit of hard drive space as well: 8GB worth, in fact. Xbox 360 owners are also being asked to install the game

id's Tim Willits explained to Eurogamer exactly why Rage is so large of a game--at least, in terms of file size. "It's because of the texture data, but it is very unique. It has a very beautiful style to it, it runs real fast because the world, the visuals, are all virtualised." He emphasizes that the "mega-texture" technique utilized for the game is what allows it to "run at 60Hz."

The PS3 version squeezes onto a single Blu-ray disc, but will require 8GB of free space on the hard drive, making it one of the largest installs on the platform to date. Early console adopters are likely going to have to clear a lot of space on their PS3s and prepare a lot of sandwiches before attempting to jump in the game. In return, however, id promises that the install enables "all the textures to the highest level."

The Xbox 360 version will ship across three DVDs. And while an installation isn't mandatory, Willits recommends that "everyone buys a hard drive," and if need be, "buy them used on eBay."

"We recommend installing the game to the hard drive, but you don't need to install all three discs," Willits explained. "If you don't have the space available on your hard drive, don't stress. Install the first disc, the first chapter, the first half of the game, then when you're done, uninstall and install disc two."