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What are the Doom Eternal system requirements?

As you might expect from Id Software, the Doom Eternal system requirements are very extensive and thorough.

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As you might expect from Id Software, the Doom Eternal system requirements are very extensive and thorough.

We like publishing system requirements here at Thumbsticks. In our editorial guide, stories have to meet three criteria – Is it verifiable? Is it interesting? Is it useful to readers? – and system requirements generally meet all three. Well, you could argue the “interesting” point, but if you like PC hardware, then it’s definitely interesting.

The trouble with system requirements is that they’re not always that thorough. Sure, they’ll tell you what the “minimum” requirements are, but they might not tell you what to expect. Is that the minimum required for 1080p on high settings? Or is that the minimum required to barely even play the game at all, a de-textured potato in 640 x 480?

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And then there’s Id Software. The company has been at the forefront of video game graphics for almost 30 years. Wolfenstein, Doom, Quake – the early days of 3D gaming were formed and shaped by Id.

So as you might expect, a system requirements announcement from Id Software – in this case, for Doom Eternal – are thorough and detailed to the extreme.

Doom Eternal system requirements

Minimum system requirements – 1080p, 60 FPS, low quality settings

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7/64-Bit Windows 10
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 @ 3.3 GHz or better, or AMD Ryzen 3 @ 3.1 GHz or better
  • Memory: 8GB System RAM
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti (4GB), GTX 1060 (3GB), GTX 1650 (4GB) or AMD Radeon R9 280 (3GB), AMD Radeon R9 290 (4GB) or RX 470 (4GB)
  • Hard disk: 50 GB hard drive space

Recommended system requirements – 1080p / 1440p, 60 FPS, high quality settings

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K or better, or AMD Ryzen 7 1800X or better
  • Memory: 8GB System RAM
  • GPU – target 1440p high: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB), RTX 2060 (6GB) or AMD Radeon RX Vega56 (8GB) – 1440p
  • GPU – target 1080p high: (1080p/ 60 FPS / High Quality Settings) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB), GTX 970 (4GB), AMD RX 480 (8GB) Note : On GTX 970 only – set Texture Quality to Medium
  • Hard disk: 50 GB hard drive space

‘Maxed-out’ system requirements – 2160p, 60 FPS / 1440p 120 FPS, ‘ultra-nightmare’ quality settings

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • CPU: Intel Core i9-9900K or better, or AMD Ryzen 7 3700X or better
  • Memory: 16GB System RAM
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (11GB) or AMD Radeon VII (16GB)
  • Hard disk: 50 GB hard drive space

But there’s more!

Because Doom Eternal is getting a boxed PC release – though sadly not an early-90s big box – and releases in just 10 days, the box art for the retail PC version has already been printed. And with the final rounds of testing and optimisation in the run-in to the game’s release, this has led to a few changes since the retail PC version was printed.

Updated Minimum Spec (from what is printed on the PC box)

  • Removed Windows 8.1 as a supported operating system because it is no longer supported by AMD as of their most recent driver release.
    • Win 8.1 users with AMD GPUs will need to use driver version 19.10.1 to run the game successfully.
  • We’ve increased the resolution from 720p/60 FPS at Low Quality settings to 1080p/60 FPS at Low quality settings and have added in support for some 3GB and additional 4GB GPUs.
  • Added current-gen Nvidia GPUs that also meet the min spec performance requirements.

Updated Recommended Spec (from what is printed on the PC box)

  • We’ve increased the resolution from 1080p/60 FPS at High Quality settings to 1440p at High quality settings and have added in support for some additional GPUs at 1080p/60 FPS.
  • We’ve also reduced the system RAM requirements from 16GB to 8GB.
  • In order to hit higher performance targets, we removed the Ryzen 5 CPU and added specific i7 and Ryzen 7 CPU model numbers.
    • Recommended Specs listed on the PC box will still work as advertised
  • Added current-gen Nvidia GPUs that also meet the recommended spec performance requirements.

Added Ultra-Nightmare Spec

  • We added a “maxed-out” spec for PC users

But that’s not all!

In addition to the PC system requirements, Id has also announced the target resolutions and frame rates on all of the various console versions of Doom Eternal. You won’t often see these on our system requirements, so consider yourselves very lucky.

Doom Eternal console resolutions, frame rates

Xbox One X

  • Doom Eternal on Xbox One X will up-sample to 4K (2160p) from 1800p @60 FPS.
  • The Xbox One X version of the game also supports HDR.

PlayStation 4 Pro

  • Doom Eternal on PlayStation 4 Pro will up- sample to 4K (2160p) from 1440p @60 FPS.
  • The PlayStation 4 Pro version also supports HDR.

Xbox One and Xbox One S

  • Doom Eternal on Xbox One and Xbox One S will up-sample to 1080p @60 FPS from 900p.
  • The Xbox One S version of the game also supports HDR.

PlayStation 4

  • Doom Eternal on PlayStation 4 will run at 1080p @60 FPS.
  • The PlayStation 4 version also supports HDR.

Stadia

  • Doom Eternal on Stadia will run at 1080p @60 FPS on HD displays and up-sample to 2160p from 1800p @60 FPS on 4K displays.
  • The Stadia version of the game also supports HDR.

Oh wow, yeah. Stadia. We’d forgotten about that.

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