Yesterday, DOSBox 0.70 was released to the world. Among the improvements listed, a couple of them is sure to catch the eye of the wary:
- Speed up the dynamic cpu core (certain games get much faster).
- Add a dynamic fpu on x86 hosts.
- Improve the cycle guessing code (and make it default).
- Speed up the screen drawing code.
What does this translate to? In a word, DOSBox is now tons faster when playing demanding games, and what's more it's configured out of the box for the best settings.
What does this have to do with Doom? Well, with all the improvements, doom.exe is now playable at Pentium speeds on modern computers, and it's no longer necessary to keep your 10+ year old Pentium around just to watch demos or play accurate multiplayer. Speaking of multiplayer, did I mention that DOSBox can pipe IPX and Null Modem protocol over the Internet? But don't just take my word for it, mosey on over to the download page and grab a copy for yourself.