won’t support true 4K on Google Stadia as was promised when it was announced for the platform a year ago.
Bethesda, the game’s publisher, released new technical specifications for each platform that Doom Eternal is coming to (after leaking them earlier this week). Revealed is that the Google Stadia version of Doom Eternal “will run at 1080p @60 FPS on HD displays and up-sample to 2160p from 1800p @60 FPS on 4K displays.”
For it to be true 4K the game would have to run with a horizontal display resolution of approximately 4,000 pixels, usually 3840 x 2160. Instead, it will run at 3200 x 1800, which means it doesn’t have true 4K.
Upsampling the 1800p display resolution simply means that extra pixels are calculated to make it up to around 4K. However, this is an artificial means of hitting 4K and is sometimes criticised for not having as sharp an image as true 4K.
DOOM Eternal is coming to #Stadia.
4K with HDR
— DOOM (@DOOM) March 19, 2019
When Google Stadia was announced at GDC on March 19, 2020, one of the big selling points that was pushed was that it would run Doom Eternal at 4K. Doom Eternal’s co-director Marty Stratton even took to the stage at the time to say the game would run “true 4K.” That’s now been confirmed to not be the case, at least not at launch.
It’s worth pointing out that the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro versions of Doom Eternal will run at 4K with a native 2160p resolution. The PC version’s “Ultra-Nightmare” specs, the highest setting, will also support true 4K.
When IGN went hands-on with Doom Eternal on Stadia back in June 2019, id Software said it hadn’t tried demoing the first-person shooter with 4K at that point, but that it would be soon, and would announce details about the 4K support at a later date.
Doom Eternal (January 2019 Screenshots)
With this latest news it seems that id Software hasn’t been able to get a true 4K version of Doom Eternal working with Stadia yet. It’s not the first developer that has run into this issue.
When Stadia launched in November 2019, controversy arose around Destiny 2 and Red Dead Redemption 2 for not supporting true 4K on the game streaming platform, despite Google saying its launch games would. In response, Google said that it’s down to developers to get their games running true 4K on Stadia.
Doom Eternal comes out for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia on March 20, 2020. A Nintendo Switch version will be released later in 2020. If you pre-order Doom Eternal then you’ll get Doom 64 as a free bonus.
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