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DOOM will have an unlocked framerate on PC at launch

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The DOOM open beta has been extended a full 24 hours to give you a last chance to get in on some demonic multiplayer action before the game launches next month, and there’re unsurprisingly mixed options about it. Some don’t think it’s traditional DOOM, while others love the modernization on classic arena gameplay. One thing everyone (on PC at least) can agree on is that the game’s framerate cap isn’t acceptable.

But thankfully it’s only an issue with the beta. DOOM will have an unlocked framerate on PC by the time it rolls around next month, supporting the increasingly popular 144Hz refresh rates amongst competitive shooter fans. The issue with the beta seems to have been caused by a limitation of the idTech engine powering the game, but iD Lead Renderer Programmer Tiago Sousa confirmed that the team had overcome it.

Master Race quip aside, this is good news for anyone planning on playing DOOM on PC, and an even bigger step forward for those hoping that it’s multiplayer will feature heavily in the competitive scene.

That’s if the game manages to overcome the overwhelmingly negative feedback it has received over the weekend. Many don’t believe the game rekindles what made titles like Quake, Unreal Tournament and the original DOOM multiplayer so engaging, even if the only real modernization is starting loadouts. It’s also incredibly close to launch so there’s nothing radical that iD Software can change now, but it will be interesting to see how the incorporate player feedback from here on out.

DOOM is out on PC, Xbox One and PS4 next month.

Last Updated: April 18, 2016

127 Comments

  1. It’s also incredible close to lunch? Somebody was thinking of food while typing this article 😛

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    • Pariah

      April 18, 2016 at 11:35

      I was. And am now again.

      Just not Spur or Wimpy…

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        April 18, 2016 at 11:36

        I could go for a Wimpy chicken, bacon & cheese baguette. Spur can GITS though.

        Reply

        • Pariah

          April 18, 2016 at 11:37

          Seriously? You’d actually eat Wimpy? What’s next, McDonalds for dinner, with a KFC early riser breakfast tomorrow?

          Reply

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 18, 2016 at 11:38

            Yes. With a large lemon freezo please!

          • Pariah

            April 18, 2016 at 11:46

            My sincere condolences.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 18, 2016 at 11:47

            Nothing wrong with a Wimpy* breakfast.

            *dependent on the Wimpy – results may vary.

          • Pariah

            April 18, 2016 at 11:48

            Every one I’ve ever had has made me physically ill. I do not like Wimpy, at all.

          • Raptor Rants

            April 18, 2016 at 12:17

            My wife and I had a lekker Wimpy breakfast this morning. MMmmm dat Dagwood. Mmmmmm

          • Pariah

            April 18, 2016 at 12:20

            My sincere condolences.

          • Raptor Rants

            April 18, 2016 at 12:26

            Was amazing.

      • Kromas untamed

        April 18, 2016 at 11:50

        Rocomamas!

        Reply

        • Pariah

          April 18, 2016 at 11:51

          Dafuq is that?

          Reply

          • Kromas untamed

            April 18, 2016 at 11:51

            Best burgers in South Africa at least in my opinion.

          • Pariah

            April 18, 2016 at 11:52

            Heard of Hudsons?

          • Kromas untamed

            April 18, 2016 at 11:52

            I have not.

          • Pariah

            April 18, 2016 at 11:53

            Then simply you have never had the best burgers in the country.

          • Kromas untamed

            April 18, 2016 at 11:54

            I will have to try them but so far I have had many burgers and the Original 4 Rocomamas makes the best burgers I have tasted in and out of South Africa.

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 18, 2016 at 11:54

            Have you had Burger Bistro?

            I think we need a burger-off

            We both chow at both Hudsons and BB, and then judge!

          • Pariah

            April 18, 2016 at 11:56

            Only problem is that BB is only in Pretoria. Hudsons is mainly Cape Town, but they have a Parkhurst branch for you northern folk.

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 18, 2016 at 11:57

            Will come try Hudsons when I stamp my passport next time I’m in your area.

          • Pariah

            April 18, 2016 at 11:58

            They have a branch in Hazelwood Pretoria too, actually. Damn.

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 18, 2016 at 11:58

            Ah, so since I’ve had BB, I’ll definitely try Hudsons and let you know

          • Pariah

            April 18, 2016 at 11:59

            You won’t regret it 🙂

          • Kromas untamed

            April 18, 2016 at 11:57

            Thats why I have not heard of Hudsons. I avoid the cape.

          • Pariah

            April 18, 2016 at 11:58

            Parkhurst, and Hazelwood. Neither of which are in Cape Town.

          • Kromas untamed

            April 18, 2016 at 12:04

            I will make effort to go there soon then.

          • Raptor Rants

            April 18, 2016 at 12:26

            You’d be hard pressed to beat Rocomamas

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 18, 2016 at 12:30

            Burger Bistro, we must go

          • Raptor Rants

            April 18, 2016 at 12:37

            Isn’t that where you and I had lunch last time?

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 18, 2016 at 12:39

            We had lunch?

            We’ve had beers at that one place in Woodmead, once

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 18, 2016 at 12:39

            OH WAIT I REMEMBER!
            NO
            That was Mr Bojangles.

            No, they went to pot, totally

          • Raptor Rants

            April 18, 2016 at 12:46

            Pitty. Those were good burgers.

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 18, 2016 at 12:49

            Ok, take those burgers, multiply it by a factor of 7 (lol) and then you will come close to the magnificence of Burger Bistro (there is one in Centurion, we should hit it for lunch one day when you start here)

          • Pariah

            April 18, 2016 at 12:31

            Hudsons. Do yourself a favour.

          • Raptor Rants

            April 18, 2016 at 12:33

            We’ll do a Restaurant swop lol

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 18, 2016 at 11:56

            Hudsons are good. Banana Jam has good ones too.

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 18, 2016 at 11:52

            You need Burger Bistro in your life

          • Kromas untamed

            April 18, 2016 at 11:52

            Burger Bistro. No thanks.

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 18, 2016 at 11:52

            Overpriced, underspiced, undersized, Spur burgers

          • Pariah

            April 18, 2016 at 11:52

            So no thanks.

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 18, 2016 at 11:52

            Spur owns Rocomamas. Patties are the same filth.

            Their buffalo wings are the best I’ve ever had on this planet

          • Pariah

            April 18, 2016 at 11:54

            Buffalo wings? I need something that’ll remove the hunger parameter, not enhance it. 😛

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 18, 2016 at 11:55

            Well, they are drumstick sized about, 12 of those suckas are a damn good appetizer

          • Pariah

            April 18, 2016 at 11:57

            As I said, appetizer. They’re meant to make you hungry, not fill you up. I need the latter. :/

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 18, 2016 at 11:59

            I start off with 12 of those, and then the burger.

            The flapjack dessert is also majestic

          • Pariah

            April 18, 2016 at 12:00

            So basically you start and finish with awesome stuff, to mask the horrid middle bit that is the burger? XD

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 18, 2016 at 12:01

            Hehehehe, am I THAT transparent?

            The Chili Cheese Bomb burger is good though!

          • Kromas untamed

            April 18, 2016 at 12:03

            I am a BCG fan but I must admit the Chili Cheese Bomb is amazeballs.

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 18, 2016 at 12:04

            Have you had the mango habanero one?

          • Kromas untamed

            April 18, 2016 at 12:05

            Not yet. I must admit it has been like 3 weeks since I have been to a Rocomamas

            I have been way too busy with work.

          • Pariah

            April 18, 2016 at 12:04

            Chilli & Cheese to mask the horrid flavour that is the burger. I gotcha.

          • Kromas untamed

            April 18, 2016 at 12:00

            Espresso G-Shake!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 18, 2016 at 12:01

            That’s a myth! Wait, um… never mind.

          • Kromas untamed

            April 18, 2016 at 12:03

            Makes me orgasm so its not a myth! 😛

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 18, 2016 at 12:05

            KromasGasm

          • Kromas untamed

            April 18, 2016 at 12:06

            Sounds fun.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 18, 2016 at 11:54

            “Trevor, you want to go with for burgers?”
            “Where you going?”
            “Spur.”
            “No.”

          • Kromas untamed

            April 18, 2016 at 11:55

            Spur may own a stake in Rocomamas but they retained all the rites to the recipes and layouts of each restaurant. I can say however that the new ones don’t taste as good as the first 4 that opened.

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 18, 2016 at 11:56

            Which?

            I’ve been to the Kyalami and Kolonnade ones, and both are mediocre (beats the pants off Spur still, however, ANYTHING beats Spur burgers)

          • Kromas untamed

            April 18, 2016 at 11:59

            Sandton Fourways and Randburg and my personal fave route, Peter Road (cause I don’t know the area name). I drove past the Kyalami one the other day and almost stopped for lunch but I was busy breaking phone systems.

            Edit: First three were the originals.

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 18, 2016 at 12:00

            So how about we meet up for lunch at the Kyalami one sometime. Beer and Burger and Admiral makes a triple awesome lunch

          • Kromas untamed

            April 18, 2016 at 12:02

            Sounds like a plan. I am currently always hovering between Kyalami and Headoffice (Kempton) so it is easy to get there any time. 🙂

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 18, 2016 at 11:52

            That bad?

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 18, 2016 at 11:53

            For that price? Yes.

        • Admiral Chief in New York

          April 18, 2016 at 11:51

          Rocomamas se ma!

          Burger Bistro or GITFS

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        • Enigma

          April 18, 2016 at 12:59

          I love how there is a massive multi-level message trail on the best burgers in SA, in a DOOM article. Brilliant.

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          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 18, 2016 at 13:00

            Too much burgers equals DOOM in your stomach?

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 18, 2016 at 13:01

            Lagz, where coherency is relative….

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 18, 2016 at 13:03

            …to a space doughnut

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 18, 2016 at 13:07

            In Schrödinger’s box?

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 18, 2016 at 13:08

            Funny thing about that dude, we share a name and a fondness for feline…things

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 18, 2016 at 13:10

            That is truly awesome!

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 18, 2016 at 13:13

            What? The name or the fascination with felines

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 18, 2016 at 13:15

            Both!

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 18, 2016 at 13:18

            xD

          • Kromas untamed

            April 18, 2016 at 13:06

            I am here to officially welcome you to Lazygamer. 🙂

            We are like youtube. You go to watch a video on how to change a tire and end up 5 hours later watching a video on how to talk to snakes.

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 18, 2016 at 13:08

            Sssssss ssssss ssssssssssssssss ssss ssssss ssssssssssssssssssssssssss

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 18, 2016 at 13:09

            but sss?

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 18, 2016 at 13:12

            SSSSssssSssSSSssSSSSssssSSSssSSSS!

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 18, 2016 at 13:15

            Haai sies…

          • Kromas untamed

            April 18, 2016 at 13:11

            I agree with you. Console gamers do sssssssssssssuck. 😛

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      April 18, 2016 at 11:35

      lol. Well, he’s not wrong.

      Reply

    • hairyknees

      April 18, 2016 at 11:37

      Shame he is stuck in a 3 hour lecture 🙁

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        April 18, 2016 at 11:38

        With Hannibal Lecter? At least there’ll be food

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        • Pariah

          April 18, 2016 at 11:38

          Well, let’s hope Sandy isn’t the brains of that operation…

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            April 18, 2016 at 11:40

            He is, I kidney you not.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 18, 2016 at 11:40

            I heard he’s the heart of the operation.

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            April 18, 2016 at 11:41

            He certainly has the stomach for it

      • HairyEwok

        April 18, 2016 at 11:41

        Its actually concerning me now, do the lagz team not get fed. Just let them get out their cages to write a article and then whip them back into the cage… IF the article does well they might get food… #AnimalCruelty XD

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        • Pariah

          April 18, 2016 at 11:47

          Cruelty? That’s a kindness. In my old slave camp, we didn’t even get real food. We had to argue over who gets to eat the post-it note.

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          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 18, 2016 at 11:48

            That must’ve gotten sticky.

          • Pariah

            April 18, 2016 at 11:48

            Oh yes. It’s been well documented.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 18, 2016 at 11:49

            Briefly, yet colourful.

        • hairyknees

          April 18, 2016 at 11:57

          It’s like you’ve worked here too 🙁

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          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 18, 2016 at 12:00

            Why are you commenting? Geoff! GEOFF! He’s loose!

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 18, 2016 at 12:01

            Check your email, I sent you a game to review

          • Pariah

            April 18, 2016 at 12:02

            Oh dear lord, this should be good.

          • hairyknees

            April 19, 2016 at 09:41

            … you have?

    • Ottokie

      April 18, 2016 at 11:40

      20 min away from lunch, so sort of close and almost correct xD

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      • HairyEwok

        April 18, 2016 at 11:42

        lunch at 12…. wtf, my lunch starts at 13:00

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        • Ottokie

          April 18, 2016 at 11:45

          I lunch infront of my PC, no time off here for lunch

          *takes bite of toast, avo, ham, cheese thing infront of me with lots of blackpepper

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          April 18, 2016 at 11:45

          Mine’s generally at 12 because I start work at 7:30.

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          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            April 18, 2016 at 11:46

            Mine’s when I’m too hungry to work. Which is about five times a day

        • Admiral Chief in New York

          April 18, 2016 at 11:50

          I have lunch when I’m hungry. Close my door and feast

          Reply

  2. Raptor Rants

    April 18, 2016 at 12:17

    Performance was shoddy as heck. Forgoing that it can’t run SLI at all without crashing at the main menu I saw graphic FPS spikes from 20-30s all the way down to 1 – 2… While standing still!

    I really hope they resolve their performance issues before launch. I’m tired of games being unoptomised at launch. I really am .

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    • Admiral Chief in New York

      April 18, 2016 at 12:30

      I was expecting a tl;dr rant

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      • Raptor Rants

        April 18, 2016 at 12:34

        Was considering but there’s no point. The game was made as the game was made. As it is, it’s not a bad game at all. It just doesn’t feel very “doomy” to me. But the gameplay was fairly solid. If somewhat stuttery for me 😛

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  3. Ryanza

    April 18, 2016 at 12:28

    You know it’s a console port when unlocked framerate is news for the PC version. Oh and added DRM.

    Don’t Support DRM.

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  4. CypherGate

    April 18, 2016 at 12:51

    Quick question: What is the difference between 60hertz and 144hertz? I mean I know its the refresh rate etc, but can you actually see a big difference? I havent tried 144hertz yet so just curious. Also why is an unlocked frame rate such a big deal?

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    • Ryanza

      April 18, 2016 at 12:58

      It’s a much smoother experience.

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      • CypherGate

        April 18, 2016 at 13:04

        I kinda get its a smoother experience. I just thought there might be more to it cause I played once on a 120hertz monitor and didnt see or feel a huge difference.

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        • RustedFaith

          April 18, 2016 at 15:47

          The difference is input latency, if you play a game at 120 fps at a 120hz your imput latency will be half of what 60hz and fps is.

          ie. when you move you mouse or press a key the actions takes half the time to process. All the sudden your mouse feel more responsive and thus “lighter”.

          If you have a 120hz monitor or 144hz then after 2 days of using the monitor 60fps will look as laggy as 30 fps to you.

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          • CypherGate

            April 18, 2016 at 15:49

            Ive never really seen that sort of latency yet. I still need to use a 144hz monitor for a bit. I know that latency can be a killer. I see that often with online gaming.

          • RustedFaith

            April 18, 2016 at 15:53

            Very true if you are use to 60fps you would have adapted your coordination and visual processing so that it looks and feels normal. I

            If you are use to 60fps go and play a game at 30fps on a new console and you start noticing what I’m talking about.

            Then once you get used to 144hz and go back you all the sudden you ask yourself how you managed to play like that.

          • CypherGate

            April 18, 2016 at 16:08

            Thanks for the awesome reply. Ill look into a 144hz monitor for my current Gaming/Multimedia/work PC.

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      April 18, 2016 at 12:59

      itrefreshesfasterthanyoureyescancomprehendsowhenyouplacethatoneperfectshotitjusthelpssomuchmore… I think…

      Quite honestly though, the higher refresh rate is more aimed at the top tier pro gamers, and people with Max Payne like reflexes…

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      • CypherGate

        April 18, 2016 at 13:03

        LOL I kinda get that but I dont see how much smoother game can get. I played a bit on 120hertz and didnt feel that it was a huge difference at all.

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        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          April 18, 2016 at 13:08

          Yeah man, I feel the same way, as far as I can tell a huge part of it has to do with screen tearing, so instead of having these beautifully broken half images on the screen, you end up with completely/more completely rendered images per refresh…

          Not that I care about that, unles I’m playing Quantum is broken on Windows Platform…

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          • CypherGate

            April 18, 2016 at 13:11

            Sure that I totally get that as well, BUT with the low ms rated monitors now and with the new tech like GSync and FreeSync, doesnt the higher refresh rates defeat the purpose of these features? Only way I can see these 144hertz refresh rates being viable is for VR which I dont even think is needed if you have GSync. Then again… What do i know lol I dont have any of these features lol

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 18, 2016 at 13:18

            HAHAHA!!! That last bit pretty much sums it up for me too!

            The problem being that if you have a +-10ms in your games’ update speed, be that a LAN connection or otherwise online connection, everything that amounted to you buying a million and onety PC rig will help you about as much as a carpenter replacing his hammer with a fish, it’ll be futile…

          • CypherGate

            April 18, 2016 at 13:21

            ok ±10ms is a bit bad. Screen tearing can be quite bad in that department. Then again depending on the type of games you play. I know Racing games experience screen tearing quite bad compared to say… Civilisation V, but yeah I do agree with you. Maybe one day Ill understand why those monitors costs so much more than even a 75hertz one lol

  5. Deceased

    April 19, 2016 at 11:15

    But when can I start my pre-loading 🙁

    C’mon guys – a man needs a date

    Reply

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