Original Doom Update Adds Widescreen and Better Steam Support

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Original Doom Update Adds Widescreen and Better Steam Support

September 3, 2020

By: Robert N. Adams

 
 

A Doom and Doom 2 update has arrived for the original first-person shooters on Steam and other platforms, finally adding official Steam support along with some other neat extras in the Doom update. 

The Doom Slayer's Club has announced a boatload of quality-of-life improvements for the first two Doom games. One of the notable changes is the addition of Steam support to the PC version of the game.

Players who mod Doom may be concerned as the Bethesda updates of the game have broken mods in the past, or allow players to explore all the history of Doom due to losing access to that content. However, there's no need to be concerned, as several players have confirmed that the Bethesda version of Doom has been added in the Doom update, alongside the classic version, something confirmed in Bethesda's patch notes. 

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What Else Has Arrived in the Doom Update?

Aside from Steam support and the addition of the Bethesda version, a bunch of new features have arrived.

The most notable new addition in this Doom update is the inclusion of widescreen support. For the first time ever, the original Doom games can be played in a glorious 16:9 aspect ratio — no more letterboxing required!

Mind, this update isn't just for PC — the game has gotten several quality-of-life improvements across multiple platforms. For example, PC, PS4, and Nintendo Switch players can now use a "Gyro Aim" feature which allows them to look left and right by turning their controller. This new aim option is enabled by default, but it can be disabled in the settings.

iOS players get new touch controls and controller support in this update. Android, iOS, and PC players can also make use of an FPS limiter to allow for smoother gameplay.

The final big addition is a crosshair, something that was lacking in the original releases of Doom. You can turn it on if you'd like, but some might argue that that spoils the charm of a game that helped catapult the first-person shooter genre into the mainstream.

These are just the big additions in this new Doom update — you can read about everything that's changed in the patch notes. If you've never checked out this classic game, you can buy it on multiple platforms via the Slayer's Club website.

 
 

What do you think of this new Doom update? Would you ever use a crosshair in the game? Let us know in the comments below!

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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!

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