Don't know if my hard drive is going to be able to handle having UT2k4, Doom 3, and HL2 (when it comes out) on here all at the same time since I do a LOT of video/audio editing on here and my hard drive is only 80 gig. If I skip one it's probably going to be Doom 3.
Still, nice to see that one of those damned "it'll be out eventually" (originally said 25 years ago) games is actually finished.
You're going to need to upgrade PC's so much to handle this game it's insane. New graphic cards, sound cards, FX chips, memory upgrades. Seems every new 'state of the art' game needs a more powerful computer and there for costly upgrades are needed.
If I went out the day Doom 3 comes out and bought the high end computer available at that time, I would still need to upgrade that computer to play it. "Wassup with dat?"
Geez, No wonder I stick to consoles. Here's to waiting for the X-Box version in Winter
* A 1.5-gigahertz Intel Pentium 4 chip or AMD Athlon 1500. * 384 megabytes of memory. * Two gigabytes of hard drive space. * An nVidia GeForce 3 graphics card or better; or an ATI Technologies 8500 or better
GameStop's preorder page lists: * Operating System: Microsoft Windows 2000/XP * Processor: Pentium IV 1.5 GHz or AM Athlon 1.7 GHz processor or higher * RAM: 384MB RAM * CD-ROM: 8x Speed CD-ROM drive (1200KB/sec sustained transfer rate) and latest drivers * Hard Drive: 1.7GB of uncompressed free hard disk space (plus 400MB for Windows swap file) * Sound Card: 100% DirectXR 9.0b compatible 16-bit sound card and latest drivers * Video Card: 3D hardware Accelerator Card Required - 100% DirectXR 9.0b compatible 64MB Hardware Accelerated video card and the latest drivers
When it comes to PCs and gaming, I have a general rule of thumb. If you buy state-of-the-art equipment, you'll be state-of-the-art for the first year, middle-of-the-road for the second, entry-level for the third year, and in necessary-upgrade land after that.
My PC is three years old this month, and was middle-to-upper level when I bought it (not splurging for $400 video cards, but not skimping on much else). Subsequent upgrades (a little more RAM, going from a 32MB GF2 GTS to a 64MB GF4 Ti4200) have put it around what state-of-the-art would have been then... and I'm just shy of the entry-level requirements for the hardest-hardware-pushing game of the summer. Seems about right. The only piece I'm missing is Win2K/XP (I'm still running 98SE, and will not pay $100 for one game).
Now, that's just to be _playable_. If you want high resolution, top-notch graphic effects, surround sound, ultra-smooth framerates, etc., you're going to need newer hardware than that... and, again, that's nothing new. Those who keep up with hardware upgrades will have a prettier game, but will pay $ accordingly.
HardOCP.com hinted that they had a decent time playing it on a 1.5GHz P4 with a GF4 MX440 video card powering it, so those without uberboxen may have reason to hope.
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I bet all the computer, software, and other companies that provide things like faster computers and better graphics cards will be happy when Doom III comes out. This has been highly anticipated, so im guessing lots of people are going to be buying crap to be able to even PLAY this. Ive been asking my mom to get me a new computer (or at least help buy it) but she keeps on telling me "4 years from now your going to be wanting another one" (ill be in college by then mom). My computer is like 4-5 years old and crap. I can't understand parents sometimes. The 6-channel sound system (6 speakers so you can hear whats going on around you, like if a imp was sneaking up behind you it might be possible to hear it) seems cool. give the game the 'terror and spook' id wants.
id is going to work on a new IP next, no details for anything past that. Raven's really busy with Quake IV, but according to id, it looks great.
Doom 3 took 4 years to make. Lets hope all the time that id and others have put into this makes this a great game.