DOOM Requires Steam To Use Multiplayer And SnapMap
(Last Updated On: May 6, 2016)

If you want to play DOOM online on PC, you better pucker up the butthole of your morals regarding online accounts, and open it wide for Valve to access, because without a Steam account you won’t be playing DOOM online or have the opportunity to enjoy the custom content from SnapMap.

Blues picked up the news about DOOM’s system requirements from over on the Bethesda website, where they rolled out the minimum and recommended specs. Actually, the hardware requirements are fairly forgiving, with only a GTX 670 being required to get the game running, and 8GB of RAM being the standard for operation. You can check out both the minimum and recommended specs below.


Minimum:

  • Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions); Intel Core i5-2400/AMD FX-8320 or better;
  • 8 GB RAM; 55 GB free HDD space; NVIDIA GTX 670 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or better
  • Contains a single disc. Download of additional files from Steam (total amount 45 GB) is required to run the game.
  • Requires Steam activation and broadband internet connection for Multiplayer and SnapMap.

Recommended:

  • Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions); Intel Core i7-3770/AMD FX-8350 or better;
  • 8 GB RAM; 55 GB free HDD space; NVIDIA GTX 970 4GB/AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB or better
  • Contains a single disc. Download of additional files from Steam (total amount 45 GB) is required to run the game.
  • Requires Steam activation and broadband internet connection for Multiplayer and SnapMap.

As you can see, the real doozy is that if you don’t have a Steam account, no SnapMap for you.

This is probably to punish potential pirates who want to get the game and then enjoy some oh-so-sexy custom content. Essentially they’ll be forced to buy a legit copy if they want to toot their creative horn in id Software’s custom creation toolset.

Additionally, I imagine this safeguard also applies for console gamers, as a way to prevent any potential manipulation from the PC hacking community for SnapMap content, if id Software decided to open up cross-platform content sharing. A pirated copy, some malicious files and some injections into the SnapMap content, and you could have a gateway into cracking the home consoles, not unlike what happened with the cracked saved game files in Splinter Cell that allowed for the OG Xbox to get cracked.

Anyway, you can look for DOOM to launch for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One May 13th, next week. For more info on the game feel free to pay a visit to the official website.


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  • Kharon

    This is friggin BS that my daughter paid nearly $90 for a collectors edition of the game that touts multiplayer on the box and then hides 2/3 of the content behind a 3rd party service

  • Adam Gulledge

    Considering how restrictive SnapMap is in terms of level designing versus the older games and their many map editors, ID has already started out on the wrong foot.

    Restricting it to Steam is just another nudge towards consolidation to one platform, and frankly fuck that.

  • durka durka

    “because without a Steam account you won’t be playing DOOM online or have the opportunity to enjoy the custom content from SnapMap.”

    aint most games like that?

    • You can still get mods and custom content for pirated copies of Garry’s Mod from Game Banana.

      • durka durka

        you cant get fc4 maps with a pirated copy, everything is focusing in a console like closed social network system.
        WHICH TOTALLY WAS NOT THE REASON WHY DARKSPORE DIED.

  • Sevuz

    Don’t most people use Steam on PC anyway?

    • Adam Gulledge

      I try not to. Better to have DRM-free copies or physical disks that don’t use third-party clients. Hasn’t failed me yet.

      That and I’d rather not give most of my ownership rights to companies I could very easily abandon should they do something I detest. They’d be holding my legal purchases behind their systems.

      • Sevuz

        Well gaming content is look away behind something all the time. You need an OS or hardware (console) no matter what :/

        Ain’t that why PC gamers find game keys super cheap online so that they don’t give steam to much of their money?