Addressing good graphics vs. good performance

(This post is directly copied from a post written by me on the Doomworld Facebook page.)

So I just feel the need to address this…

This will mainly concern those who intend to get DOOM for the PC and genuinely fear their computers won’t be able to handle it. Now to be honest, I don’t blame you. BUT – yes, that old tub won’t be able to handle DOOM necessarily ON THE HIGHEST GRAPHICS, that I can understand. My point is that graphics settings exist for a reason.

Allow me to provide an example. I have an Asus laptop with a 2.4GHz 2nd-gen i5, a GeForce GT540M and 6GB of RAM. Having pre-ordered Wolfenstein: The New Order, I feared for the longest time that my laptop wouldn’t be able to run it. Guess what? It did run it at a steady playable framerate, of course at the expense of maximum graphics. Such was also the case with The Old Blood, whose system requirements were slightly heavier as far as I could tell.

Now as someone with experience on this matter, I’m sure DOOM will be optimized well enough to run at a playable framerate on minimum graphical settings on this three-year-old machine. And I kindly ask you to think the same way, instead of directly jumping into the conclusion that your rig needs a serious upgrade in order to be able to run DOOM. I made a conscious sacrifice, so why can’t you either?

Actually don’t answer that question. I’m afraid I already know the answer.

Either way, thank you for your attention.

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