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DOOM runs smoothly on both consoles, but that performance comes at a cost

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DOOM looks great on both consoles 2

DOOM has been generating some extremely positive chatter since release on Friday, despite the fact that no reviews of the highly anticipated shooter were available before then. The iD Software reincarnation delivers an exhilarating campaign (or at least what I’ve played so far can be described as that), and reviews should start trickling in this week. What doesn’t need to wait though is a look at just how well the game runs on console, and it might just be iD Software’s best optimisation yet.

With DOOM being the 60FPS slaughterfest that you expect, having it run at anything less on console would be a crime. So it’s good to see that for the most part it manages to maintain a locked 60FPS across both Xbox One and PS4. It does, however, take a toll to do that, as Digital Foundry found out in the video below.

Just like most other titles that strive for locked framerates, DOOM dynamically shifts its resolution on the fly to keep the game steady at all times. This means that the Xbox One in particular struggles to hold 1080p for the most part, dipping well below it at times to make sure that your framerate isn’t halved. This is identical to Halo 5 from last year, which also easily hit 60FPS but couldn’t really stay at full HD the entire way through.

This happens too on the PS4, but not as frequently (and not as drastically either). Still, even with these features in place the game does dip into the low 50s at times, although it must be said that Digital Foundry struggled to find areas where this happened. For the majority of the time DOOM is a rock solid 60, with the small blimps barely making themselves noticeable enough to be bothersome.

This all while DOOM manages to look gorgeous in motion, even if you’re moving a little too fast at times to take it all in. While it’s throwing horde after horde of demons at you, DOOM manages to break out some stunning lighting, impressive particles and smoke effects and fully physical environments that come alive with the brash firing of your Rocket Launcher. It might run a little better on PS4 right now, but this is a game that you wouldn’t be disappointed with on either console.

From a visual standpoint at least. Our full review of DOOM will be out soon.

Last Updated: May 16, 2016

51 Comments

  1. DOOOOOOOMMMMMM!!!!!
    Collectors Edition collecting dust on the dining room table.
    COME ON BIRTHDAY!!!!!

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    • Kromas untamed

      May 16, 2016 at 08:28

      CE is amazing. Had the lights turned off and the Statue looks awesome with its lighting.

      Reply

  2. justlikemo

    May 16, 2016 at 08:15

    why would you play a first person shooter on console

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    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      May 16, 2016 at 08:15

      To irritate the master race?

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      • Ottokie

        May 16, 2016 at 08:20

        I have watched enough Game of Thrones to know where this is going…

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      • Allykhat

        May 16, 2016 at 09:03

        Exactly.

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    • Dutch Matrix

      May 16, 2016 at 08:21

      The real question is why would you not?

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      • Kromas untamed

        May 16, 2016 at 08:27

        Smoother gameplay.
        Better Graphics
        Mouse+Kb

        3 Reason why you would not play on console. Ever.

        Also this is a FPS. And regardless what the Halo guys say a FPS is always miles better on PC.

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        • Dutch Matrix

          May 16, 2016 at 08:29

          I dunno hey. Played FPS for years on PC and now console. Still enjoy both equal like and all that.

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          • Kromas untamed

            May 16, 2016 at 08:32

            I can barely stand 3rd person on console. My recent foray into console was a full clear of TLoU and 5 minutes of Rise of the Tomb Raider. TLoU only had my attention for so long because it was an awesome game that was exclusive to PS and Tomb Raider is much MUCH better on PC (Steam).

          • Greylingad[He Charges!]

            May 16, 2016 at 08:34

            That Steam bit is quite important….

          • Kromas untamed

            May 16, 2016 at 08:34

            Yes …. Yes it is. 😛

        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          May 16, 2016 at 08:31

          By now I would have thought his question is rhetorical 😛

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      • James Anderton

        May 16, 2016 at 08:29

        because aim-assist is cancer.

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        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          May 16, 2016 at 08:30

          Doom has none of this

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          • Kromas untamed

            May 16, 2016 at 08:34

            Doom has and it is enabled by default on PS4 at least.

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 16, 2016 at 08:36

            It does? Hardly noticed it…. Oh wait that’s bad

          • Kromas untamed

            May 16, 2016 at 08:36

            Question is … why the hell are you playing on PS4??!!!!

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 16, 2016 at 08:37

            Because I’m a peasant and I make poor life choices, I’m sure @Admiral_Chief:disqus will have some other reasons too.

          • Kromas untamed

            May 16, 2016 at 08:40

            Got rid of all my consoles cause I keep buying the new ones for exclusives. I only have my trusty ZX Spectrum left for the occasional bout of galactic wars and nostalgia. But that does not count as it at least has a keyboard and requires some knowledge of computing in the CLI.

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 16, 2016 at 08:43

            I use my PC for the odd nostalgia purchase from GOG and Planetside 2. Bought Republic Commando the other day for $2.50 and while fun it hasn’t really aged well.

          • Kromas untamed

            May 16, 2016 at 09:21

            The reason I love PC so much is because I can tinker with it. I love tinkering. This weekend I built a qos script for my mikrotik from the ground up with reasonable success. Diablo stable 250ms with a full contingent of torrents running as well as youtube open and a download of the latest amd driver. It did stutter for a few seconds as new downloads started but all in all it seemed to work well.

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 16, 2016 at 09:23

            I’d rather play games than tinker. But next gen might be the last gen. Then most of us will finally join the master race

          • Kromas untamed

            May 16, 2016 at 09:25

            Playing games will always come first but lets not forget the gaming version of tinkering is modding and games like Skyrim lasts 100 times longer on PC than on console due to it.

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 16, 2016 at 09:37

            I had Skyrim on PS3, but the sheer amount of games meant it got lost in new releases. 🙁

          • Kromas untamed

            May 16, 2016 at 09:40

            Never actually finished it. 😛

            Just used it as an example.

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 16, 2016 at 10:08

            LOL me neither

          • Admiral Chief Protector

            May 16, 2016 at 09:36

            LOOOOOOOOOOOL NOOOOOOOOOOOOB

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 16, 2016 at 10:09

            I’m dead serious. Maybe if you aimed down sight? But hardly ever do in Doom

      • justlikemo

        May 16, 2016 at 09:42

        its kak, movement is crappy, with 2 knobs (well thats on PS) my buddy is already a knob that I play with! Give me a good old mouse n keyboard I’ll kick ass from Doom to Mass Effect!

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    • Sageville

      May 16, 2016 at 09:46

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    • BillPosters

      May 16, 2016 at 10:33

      Aim assist makes me a man

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    • Captain JJ bound

      May 16, 2016 at 11:52

      You only have thumbs?

      Reply

  3. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    May 16, 2016 at 08:15

    So smooooooooooooooooth

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  4. Raptor Rants

    May 16, 2016 at 08:16

    FOMO

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    • Dutch Matrix

      May 16, 2016 at 08:18

      For whiter whites and brighter brights use new FOMO!
      It’s like regular OMO but now with lots more FOMO!

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  5. Gareth Lagesse (eXCheez)

    May 16, 2016 at 08:49

    It’s a sad state of affairs that for every new game release we now have to have a separate article notifying us how the game runs. 🙁

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  6. Mark Treloar

    May 16, 2016 at 09:02

    So if I have a gripe about the game its this. Playing the game offline on PC, you get a warning that your save game will be flagged for cheating and you will not be able to earn achievements. The achievements I don;t care about, but flagging it as cheating is just insulting.

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  7. Splooshypooh

    May 16, 2016 at 09:20

    I bought the physical copy of the game for pc, only to find it needs a further 36GB download :'(

    Is there anyone in the Boksburg area I could copy the steam files from? Prettyplease?

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    • Kromas untamed

      May 16, 2016 at 09:23

      I am in Kempton this week. I can easily get you the steam backup if you need.

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      • Splooshypooh

        May 16, 2016 at 09:25

        That would be amazing 😀

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        • Kromas untamed

          May 16, 2016 at 09:27

          Add me on steam. Kromas. and we will hash out a meeting place (Wimpy is always good 😛 )

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          • Splooshypooh

            May 16, 2016 at 09:29

            Will do

          • Splooshypooh

            May 16, 2016 at 10:19

            Invite sent. Thanks!

  8. oVg whippersnapper

    May 16, 2016 at 09:20

  9. HairyEwok

    May 16, 2016 at 10:01

    I’m saving up cash for No Mans Sky… It better not disappoint since I’m skipping some good games to get the game.

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  10. atomicjuicer

    May 16, 2016 at 10:44

    Whats the controller input/response time like on ps4 versus X1?
    I hate sluggish delayed feel of joypad lag.
    Someone needs to record on video so we can see which is faster.

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  11. Captain JJ bound

    May 16, 2016 at 11:52

    THE FUTURE IS HERE

    Reply

  12. th3SiCn3ss

    May 16, 2016 at 13:09

    This is DDDDOOOOMMMMM, no review needed guys. JUST BUY THE FKING GAME…..

    They did an awesome job, this entire weekend was nostalgia in HD & the soundtrack is brilliant, I can now die in peace 🙂
    & my demons in pieces!!!!!!!!

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    • Skyblue

      May 16, 2016 at 13:21

      Awesome!

      Reply

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