You might think you know DOOM's system requirements since they were revealed for the alpha last year. Well think again. id's frenetic shooter is back with a bang for the beta test. If you haven't seen the trailer yet I advise you wrap your eyes around it toot sweet. All done? Good, on with the show.
As you no doubt saw, DOOM looks absolutely, positive, blood-spatteringly glorious. All that comes at a cost though, particularly if you want to hit a liquid-smooth 60 frames per second frame rate and stand any chance in competitive play. As such the system requirements have jumped up since the DOOM Alpha. Take a deep breath, rev your chainsaw, and check out the latest official DOOM system requirements.
DOOM Beta Minimum System Requirements (720p)
- OS: Windows 7 64-bit
- CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz or AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz
- RAM: 8 GB System Memory
- GPU RAM: 2 GB Video Memory
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GT 670 or AMD Radeon HD 7870
- HDD: 22 GB Free Hard Drive Space
- Network: Broadband internet connection
- Other: Steam account
DOOM Beta Recommended System Requirements (1080p)
- CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz
- RAM: 8 GB RAM
- GPU RAM: 4 GB Graphics Memory
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290
While it's only really the graphics cards that are affected, we are seeing across the board DOOM requiring a step up from what we saw in the closed alpha. Either the performance wasn't good enough back then, or id has been adding additional graphical effects which take their toll on GPUs. So for minimum, rather than a 660 you'll need a GTX 670, or a recommended its a Radeon R9 290 rather than a 280.
Interestingly this time around we get given targeted resolutions. It's going to come as a surprise to many that the GeForce GTX 670 is only good for 720p. How times change. Rest in peace, noble 670.
As ever with id games DOOM has been built using the latest game engine, in this case id Tech 6. It's OpenGL-based so there's no DirectX 12 support, while the engine itself is locked to 60 FPS. From this we can deduce that these system requirements are good for 720p and 1080p at a locked 60 FPS respectively, although it's unclear what graphics settings.
Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the DOOM System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the DOOM GPU benchmark chart.