Doom 3, the 3D first-person perspective action game sequel to Doom 2, hit the stores on Tuesday and it’s already a top seller at Amazon.com and every software retail store in the country most likely. The thing is, if you have a laptop and want to play this game on it you’d better make sure your specs are up to snuff before buying it. If you don’t have a dedicated video card, you’re out of luck, idSoft, the maker of Doom 3, lists a bunch of cards from nVidia and ATI that you can use to run the game and an integrated graphics card (which many people have on their laptops) is not part of that mix.
The much anticipated Doom 3 is here, it retails for $54.99 at Amazon.com
You’ll also need at least 384MB of RAM and 1.7GB of hard drive space to even run the game too. But that’s the bare minimum, if you don’t have at least 512MB of RAM in your notebook you’ll want to cry the performance is so slow. If your processor is slower than a Pentium 4 1.5GHz based processor, sorry, again you’re out of luck. So if you really, really want to play this game and your notebook specs don’t make the grade then it’s time to upgrade your memory, or if your graphics card or processor are not good enough, you’ll have to buy a new notebook.
Enjoy blasting mutant spiders? Better make sure your notebook graphics card can handle rendering these ugly creatures that will attack in Doom 3!
The problem with the notebook market today is that it’s still very hard to impossible to upgrade certain components such as video cards and processors. A dirty truth is that although it’s in the consumers best interest to have this remedied by manufacturers, the manufacturers are almost happy to drag their heals on resolving this because forcing people to buy a new computer when all the user really wants to do is improve one aspect of it, is kind of a nice situation for the manufacturers.
The Doom 3 release also reveals the perennial problem of software outpacing hardware that’s one to two years old. If you buy a mid-range laptop today, you can rest assured that some software maker, possibly even Microsoft with their next OS, will release a program that simply requires more than your computer can give and you’re left kicking the dirt and sulking. You either have to succumb and buy a new computer or sulk some more about the fact that you can’t run some software you’d like to.
So my two cents, when you buy a notebook computer today and you want it to last a few years and be able to run every software application, then buy more than you think you’ll need.