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DOOM Eternal removed Denuvo and it plays great on Steam Deck

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With all the new amazing games coming out basically every month, lets not forget some slightly older games worth playing. Like DOOM Eternal, that just removed Denuvo Anti-Tamper.

Finally, right? They already removed Denuvo Anti-Cheat back in 2020 but now Denuvo is entirely gone as of the update released September 5th, 2023. So it should work better than ever, although it already did work quite brilliantly before because it was a very optimised game.

Any form of DRM is bad for consumers, so it's nice to see DOOM Eternal set free of the Denuvo curse.

Want to see how it can run on Steam Deck? Here's a quick chatty video below:

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Seriously, the performance on Steam Deck is really impressive. Probably one of the best looking and performing shooters available to play with Proton on Steam Deck by far.

You can buy yourself a copy on Fanatical and Steam.

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Linux_Rocks Sep 6, 2023


Essoje Sep 6, 2023
Thanks for the heads-up! I've been waiting for too long for ID to get rid of that... thing before buying.
And I'm glad Deck users are likely to get a few extra frames and/or a few extra minutes of battery life because of this change.
artixbtw Sep 6, 2023
It took them how long?

To their credit, they actually removed DRM, unlike most. Positively neutral praise!
PublicNuisance Sep 6, 2023
A good first step but to get me interested in even a discount purchase they also have to banish the need for a Bethesda.net account.
Pengling Sep 6, 2023
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Good news! I've been waiting for this to happen.

Still, I've got Doom II, Doom 64, and Doom 2016 to get through first, and those're going to take me a while - because of how badly I get motion-sickness from first-person games, I have to play a little at a time, exclusively on handheld devices. By then I'd imagine that the price will have dropped, too!

Quoting: PublicNuisanceA good first step but to get me interested in even a discount purchase they also have to banish the need for a Bethesda.net account.
Oh, is that actually required for this game? At least in the Unity engine ports of Doom and Doom II, you can cancel out of the prompt and it'll never pester you about it again.
Purple Library Guy Sep 6, 2023
Quoting: PenglingGood news! I've been waiting for this to happen.

Still, I've got Doom II, Doom 64, and Doom 2016 to get through first
You're Doomed.
based Sep 6, 2023
Great news, do we know how much this improved performance?
jordicoma Sep 6, 2023
Now we only need to Microsoft release id/bathesda. I don't want to send money to them.
lejimster Sep 6, 2023
This is one thing I appreciate about this studio, they eventually do remove DRM once they've made most of their money. But on saying that, it's kinda pointless to do add the DRM in the first place since somebody always cracks it pretty quick and it causes issues for legitimate paying gamers.

I enjoyed Doom a lot and finished it, but I haven't been able to get into Doom Eternal in the same way so I stopped playing it long ago... Sometimes I need to force myself to play a game for longer to really get into it.
kokoko3k Sep 6, 2023
Are the relative performance so good even on Desktop or is there something particular regarding Steam Deck?
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