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Doom 3 runs at 4K 60 FPS on Xbox One X

Doom 3
Doom 3 (Image credit: Bethesda)

What you need to know

  • Doom, Doom II, and Doom 3 are now available natively on Xbox One.
  • The Xbox 360 backward compatible versions have been removed from sale, but are still accessible to existing owners.
  • Doom 3 runs at native 4K resolution at 60 frames per second on Xbox One X.
  • You can purchase them through the Microsoft Store (opens in new tab).

At QuakeCon 2019, Bethesda announced that Doom, Doom II, and Doom 3 were coming to a number of different platforms like Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4. Doom and Doom II are also available on mobile platforms like Android and iOS. If you want to play them natively on your console, you can download them right now. Luckily, the games are quite cheap because Doom and Doom II cost $5, while Doom 3 comes in at $10.

Since Doom and Doom II offer pixelated visuals, it's not necessary for them to run at native 4K resolution on Xbox One X. However, a relatively modern game like Doom 3 is a different story. Doom 3 brought with it a number of advancements when it launched all those years ago like better lighting and shadows. Luckily, this port has been upgraded to 4K 60 FPS on Microsoft's latest console. You can even change factors like field-of-view and flashlight shadows.

The Microsoft Store initially didn't classify Doom 3 as Xbox One X Enhanced, but now it does. The page says that it runs at 4K resolution, but it was unclear if this was a native presentation or a checkerboarded solution. Luckily, Digital Foundry was able to confirm that the game runs at native 4K resolution on the machine. Better yet, it's also locked at 60 frames per second.

While Doom 3 isn't the third part in a trilogy, it's the critically-acclaimed retelling of the original Doom where players must battle their way through a demon-infested facility before entering the abyss to battle Hell's mightiest warrior. This version also contains the Resurrection of Evil and The Lost Missions expansions.

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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

2 Comments
  • I admit up front that I don't know anything about game visual qualities and such. For DOOM 3 on PC, is there an updated graphics version, or would one just crank up the visual quality in the settings to "Maximum"?
  • VGTech did their own pixel counts on Doom 3 and found it's running with dynamic resolution on Xbox One X and the PS4 Pro, and the Pro reaches 4K more often than the X.