Doom cover

The word “DOOM” should be enough to convince you to buy the game, but Bethesda seems to have put more thought into its marketing campaign than that. The software publishing giant has been offering players beta previews, releasing fantastic trailers like this one, and generally hyping up the fact that we’ll once again be able to play a fps game with difficulty modes that range from very hard to “you need to be a god/hax to pass this without dying”. Developers id Software recently released the system specifications for the game, and it looks about as brutal as you’d expect from a game that is all about being a badass with a gun. You might need to sit down for this one, though, as the minimum requirements are steep.

What’s at least comforting is that DOOM is an OpenGL game, which means that you’re not totally gated off in terms of software support. Bethesda and id Software are also working closely with AMD and NVIDIA to have optimised drivers released for the game on launch day, but given that DOOM launches on Friday the 13th of May, I think there might be enough superstitious people who won’t touch their hardware at all on the game’s launch day. It is refreshing, though, to see developers working with GPU manufacturers to have their games working optimally.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 or AMD FX-8320
  • RAM: 8GB system memory
  • GPU: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 670 2GB or AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB
  • HDD: 55GB free storage space
  • Audio: DirectX 9.0c supported audio card
  • LAN: Internet connection required

Recommended System Requirements: 

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 or AMD FX-8350 or better
  • RAM: 8GB system memory
  • GPU: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 970 4GB or AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB or better
  • HDD: 55GB free storage space
  • Audio: DirectX 9.0c supported audio card
  • LAN: Internet connection required

Disappointingly, even if you buy the disc version of the PC, there’s still a huge day one patch to download, rounding in at just over 45GB (yes, 45 gigabytes!), which means that there’s likely only a small portion of the game that’s included on the disc. Because the game uses Steam, we could draw some parallels to Konami’s release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, which only (and I mean only) included an installer for the Steam client and a small 8MB executable for the game itself. The rest had to be downloaded, and a lot of people were not happy about this, which Konami called “an anti-piracy measure”.

Either way, no matter what rationale Bethesda might have for requiring players to buy the disc copy to buy the game, it’s still rather poor form from a company that used to be all about the PC market. I’ll bet that PS4 and Xbox One players will have less than 5GB worth of patches to download on launch day. If you pre-order the game before it launches through Steam, you can start your download on 11 May 2016.

doom 2016

Hardware-wise, a lot of people will be excluded from running this game on their systems. Anyone that’s still on Windows Vista should have moved to Windows 7 already, but if you don’t have at least a Geforce GTX 670, there’s a good chance that playing the game at full details at 1080p is not going to be possible. You’ll have to drop some graphics details in order to keep the frame rate high, but DOOM appears to be rather well optimised, so even those of you playing on an AMD APU should be able to find a good balance of visual quality and performance at 720p.

The hard limit of a quad-core CPU also makes things tricky, and if you’re on an older Core 2 Quad processor there might not be enough single-thread performance to keep the game running smoothly. It will be interesting to see exactly what an older system can manage when the game is launched and benchmarked, but I’d wager that even the higher end Core 2 Quad processors from the Q9000 family will have a tough time running this game. If you’re putting together a budget system this year that needs to play DOOM, have a look at my R10,000 build in my most recent System Builder’s Guide. That should be more than capable of running this game at 1080p with a solid 60fps framerate.

DOOM launches on Friday, 13 May 2016, for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 platforms. You can pre-order it online through Steam for a base price of R799. DOOM is set to bring back super-hard fps shooters to the market, and it’ll also launch with SnapMap, Bethesda’s framework for modders to make their own levels and share them effortlessly through the built-in map menu.

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