why is everyone so surprised that nintendo switch could run Doom?


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why is everyone reacting with such astonishment when they saw the nintendo switch console running doom 2016?

 

i remember running the E3 Demo Alpha of doom 3 on my old nvidia TNT2 card back in 2002. a couple of years later i also got the retail version of doom 3 running on that same TNT2 card again with the help of the 3DFX community who helped me set up the doom 3 voodoo patch in order to make it work (though we still had to edit some things as the patch was only meant for voodoo cards, but it worked nonetheless)

 

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as you can see, DOOM 2016 also works on a Geforce GT210, granted it ran pooly but the point is that Doom 2016 could run on the lowest budget graphics card from a few years ago. with that said i find it odd that so many people are raving and gasping in surprise at the fact that nintendo switch could run doom 2016 at 30fps. i thought the nintendo switch is powered by a decent enough next gen graphics card that could at leat push out a couple of teraflops?

 

maybe i'm missing something here but i don't understand why its such a technical feat for the switch to run doom, since its such a new piece of hardware afterall.

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Tried looking for the CPU and GPU specs of the Switch, but no luck. All I could was find was that the console appears to run a custom processor based on Nvidia's Tegra series. Either way, I'd agree that's enough reason to hold our horses.

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I think Breath of the Wild chugging so hard at launch might've soured people's expectations. So a PS4 title running rather well on the system might've changed a few opinions.

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I think it's surprising not that it could run it at all, but that it's running it at a very respectable level of detail. It's no secret that the last few Nintendo consoles have been significantly less powerful than its contemporaries, so I don't think many of us were expecting a Doom port. The screen/texture resolution is lower, the shadows are less detailed and the overall game is slightly fuzzier, but it looks terrific. 

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I don't think it's as much "wow, Doom 2016 runs on the Switch?" as it is "wow, Doom 2016 runs on the Switch?" For a modern AAA game to have that much scalability that it can still run decently on a significantly lower powered system is pretty rare nowadays.

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