DOOM is widely considered one of the most significant and influential titles in the video game industry, for having ushered in the popularity of the first-person shooter genre when it was released in 1993. The 3D graphics were arguably better than anything else at the time and it featured stereo sound as well that made it possible to determine the direction and distance of an enemy that you couldn’t yet see. The popularity of DOOM gave programmer John Carmack a cult following and made ID Software one of the hottest game studios around.
ID Software and published by Bethesda Softworks have been working to reboot of the DOOM series and a new DOOM game title is coming out on May 13th, 2016 for the Playstation 4, XBox One and PC. This is the first major installment in the series since the release of DOOM 3 in 2004! The new DOOM game title is having a Closed Beta that begins on March 31stand ends on April 3rd April. The Closed Beta will be open to those who have redeemed their DOOM Beta codes included with some physical retail copies of Wolfenstein: The New Order, and to those who pre-purchased or purchased Wolfenstein: The New Order digitally prior to May 26, 2014. If you can get a beta key you’ll be able to try out Team Deathmatch and the recently revealed Warpath mode on two maps: Heatwave and Infernal.
Will Doom run on your PC?
Thanks to a FAQ regarding the beta we now know the minimum and recommended PC specifications for closed beta version of DOOM. The following system specs are said to not reflect the minimum or recommended system specs of the final game.
Minimum Spec (720p)
*Please note that the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti, and mobile GPUs are not supported for the DOOM Beta. Please check back later for minimum or recommended system specs for the final game
Recommended Spec (1080p)
It is interesting to see that the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti is not supported for the DOOM beta as that discrete graphics card features the latest NVIDIA Maxwell GPU and is a fairly capable card. For 1920 x 1080 gaming it is recommended that you are running an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 graphics card or better. It looks like DOOM will be graphics intensive, but that shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone.