DOOM Eternal will run slower with Steam Overlay

Written by Chad Norton on Fri, Mar 20, 2020 5:00 PM
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Just a quick update for those of you giving it your all right now in the latest installment for the DOOM franchise. I’m sure we’re all excited to jump into the game head-on this weekend for the game’s release, but just in case you’re experiencing some less-than-stellar performance, there might be a small fix for you...

Axel Gneiting, id Software’s Engine Programmer, announced on Twitter that Steam’s FPS overlay (that handy little feature that displays your average fps in the corner of your monitor) will in fact impact your performance in DOOM Eternal.

When playing Doom Eternal on Steam, make sure to disable the Steam FPS counter overlay. It will reduce performance quite a bit,” his tweet says.

Whilst DOOM Eternal is generally well optimised, a lot of users online have already confirmed an increase in framerate due to turning off the overlay, some have even reported doubling their framerate after turning it off. We can’t confirm the exact results right now, but if many players are experiencing this then it must be true to some degree.

Just to clarify though, you do not need to disable the Steam overlay entirely, just the FPS counter overlay. If you’re having difficulties finding the option in Steam: go to your Steam settings, click the ‘in-game’ option on the side, then set the ‘in-game FPS counter’ option to Off.

If you end up with better performance, please do let us know! We’d love to hear if this has improved your average FPS considerably, or not at all. We will update this article with more information when it becomes available.

In the meantime, if you would like to see your average FPS in-game, DOOM Eternal has a handy ‘performance metrics’ graphics option under the Video settings. Turning it on Low will just give you an average FPS counter, increasing the option higher will give you more details if you want them. Don’t worry, this option will not affect your performance at least.

Happy (Demon) Hunting! Let us know what you think of the game so far! And definitely if you experience better performance after this fix.

P.S. Make sure you install the latest game ready drivers! They should also help with performance.

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12:36 Mar-26-2020

So does this mean the steam overlay could be affecting the performance of other games as well?

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12:28 Mar-21-2020

https://imgsli.com/MTM0Nzc
It is true! My FPS literally doubled. And I was starting to get worried why I don't get FPS as people do in the benchmarks with my GPU.

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10:54 Mar-21-2020

Having recently played Doom 2016, I remember it having a built-in fps counter you could turn on. Eternal doesn't have it?

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16:16 Mar-21-2020

Oh it has that. It's also as insane as it was in 2016

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22:23 Mar-20-2020

Mine's on Bethesda (booo, wanted Steam, but physical stores and Greenman only sell the Bethesda version) and I'm running the game at 4K around 120fps avg or so with a mix of nightmare and ultra nightmare settings, with maybe one Ultra thrown into the mix. The game looks and plays fantastic!
At 1440p maxed settings it runs well above my 165Hz refresh, but I prefer the extra sharpness of 4K in this case, so kinda left it at that - there's more than enough framerate to play with even at 4K. For Battlemode I might go with 1440p for that extra latency edge.

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21:34 Mar-20-2020

Disable it

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20:27 Mar-20-2020

Doom Eternal is weird. It runs quite slower (15%) if I have internet browser opened. Maybe browser still takes some amount of sweet vram and Doom Eternal needs all.

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21:07 Mar-20-2020

Well it should run slower. The more stuff you ll have open in the background the less fps you ll get. 15% seems quite alot thou you could check how much % of cpu power does the browser use firefox used quite alot for me than again I don t use hardware accelaration.

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21:46 Mar-20-2020

When I played Skyrim modded until hell and back, simply having a web browser open would drop me under 60 fps. With only the game I would easily get >60 all the time.

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22:25 Mar-20-2020

That would be because your CPU cycles are devoured by the browser. Perhaps RAM/GPU resources too...hard to tell without look9ing into what's going on, but your system will benefit from having ONLY the game running when you play.

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19:11 Mar-20-2020

How much slower? We need a percentage

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08:28 Mar-21-2020

Legend has it that once you disable the method to measure it, it improves by as much as you want.

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18:53 Mar-20-2020

I'll have to check it when I get home. My stuff was delivered today and I updated my driver before leaving this morning. I'm also gonna see how the game plays on my laptop before and after the driver update.

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