Digital Foundry - DOOM Eternal Switch port analysis

Pushing Switch to its limits

Join John Linneman for a deep dive into the remarkable Switch conversion of Doom Eternal, brought to us by the highly talented Panic Button. It's the most ambitious idTech port yet for the Nintendo console hybrid, and it's also the most performant! But has too much been cut from the game to make it viable?

Official DOOM Twitter account celebrates 2021 with DOOM Guy and Animal Crossing's Isabelle

Power couple

2020 brought us new installments in the DOOM and Animal Crossing franchises. You might remember that DOOM Eternal launched on PS4/XB1/PC the very same day that Animal Crossing: New Horizons came to Switch. That led to weeks and weeks of fan-art from DOOM and Animal Crossing fans that saw both DOOM Guy and Isabelle become the best of friends. Many fans haven't forgotten the new-found friendship, and it seems the gang behind DOOM hasn't either.

The official DOOM account kicked off 2021 by showcasing DOOM Guy and Isabelle hanging out once more, this time in their Nendoroid form. The might have seemed like the unlikeliest of friends at first, but the juxtaposition makes the duo that much more enjoyable!

id promises multiple content updates for DOOM Eternal in 2021, including Switch campaign expansions and more

2021 is DOOMed

DOOM Eternal finally landed on Switch this month, giving Nintendo fans a chance to rip and tear their way through DOOMslayer's latest adventure. While there's plenty of content to enjoy, id is already cooking up even more for next year. Improvements, bug fixes, content expansions, and much more are on the way. See what id has in store via their message below.

DOOM Zero now available as a free add-on for DOOM and DOOM II

30 new levels!

The free content for DOOM and DOOM II just keeps coming! Bethesda has released DOOM Zero for both games today, which adds in another 30 levels of brand-new content to enjoy. You can get more details on DOOM Zero in the official description below.

Don’t let the name fool you: This ain’t no ‘lite,’ low-calorie version of DOOM. Made in celebration of DOOM II’s 25th anniversary, DOOM Zero contains a whopping 32 levels filled with new enemies, new bosses, new sounds, new music and new sprites. Despite being faithful to ‘vanilla’ DOOM’s classic gameplay, DOOM Zero still brings its own original ideas to the old-school formula, from branching paths to challenges that’ll get even seasoned Slayers putting on their thinking caps.

IGN Video - DOOM Eternal Graphics Comparison: Switch vs. Xbox Series X

Want yet another look at how DOOM Eternal on the Switch compares to other versions? Check out the video from IGN above, which puts the Switch version side-by-side with the game on Xbox Series X.

Check out some handheld gameplay for DOOM Eternal

We've seen plenty of gameplay footage from the docked version of DOOM Eternal, but what about the handheld side of things? The video above shows off how the Switch handles the game when not connected to a TV.

Save humanity from demons in DOOM Eternal, available now on Switch

Eternally yours today

Its been a long-time coming, but the day is finally here. DOOM Eternal has made its way to Switch, and it's ready to rip and tear its way to your heart. Check out the official press release for DOOM Eternal's launch below.

Warning: the Slayer has entered the facility!

Rip and tear anytime, anywhere in DOOM Eternal, available now for the Nintendo Switch™ system. Become the Slayer and conquer demons across dimensions to stop the final destruction of humanity.

Gear up and show these demons what you—and they—are made of!


Move fast and think faster in adrenaline-pumping action. Harness the full power of the DOOM Slayer to slay your way through the demonic hordes. Master a shoulder-mounted flamethrower, retractable wrist-mounted blade, upgraded guns and mods, and abilities.

Demons have what you need to keep fighting—so go and get it. Low on health? Unleash a Glory Kill to recover health. Strapped for armor? Set your enemies ablaze with the Flame Belch to stock up. Need some ammo? Bust out that Chainsaw and cut down the hordes of Hell.

Use Motion Aiming to immerse yourself in the action using motion controls, allowing for precise aiming.

Test your skill in BATTLEMODE, a 2 vs. 1 online* multiplayer experience. A fully-armed DOOM Slayer faces off against two player-controlled demons, fighting it out in a best-of-five round match.

Discover the Slayer’s origins and learn more about his enduring mission to tear asunder the forces of Hell.

DOOM Eternal gameplay round-up

Hell’s armies have invaded Earth. Become the Slayer in an epic single-player campaign to conquer demons across dimensions and stop the final destruction of humanity. The only thing they fear…is you.

DOOM Eternal - See how the game runs on Switch in this latest 30-minute gameplay showcase

DOOM® Eternal, the award-winning game and “one of the best first-person shooters ever” according to GameRevolution, is coming to Nintendo Switch. Developed by id Software and Panic Button, DOOM Eternal is the direct sequel to DOOM®, winner of The Game Awards’ Best Action Game of 2016.

Hell’s armies have invaded Earth. Become the Slayer in an epic single-player campaign to conquer demons across dimensions and stop the final destruction of humanity. The only thing they fear…is you.

Panic Button says DOOM Eternal was their most difficult port to date

A Hellish project

Panic Button has handled many a high-profile port for Switch, and with some astounding results. The company has been involved in projects many thought impossible for Switch, and they all required a great attention to detail. That said, it seems Panic Button's latest project was the toughest yet.

In an interview with NintendoEverything, senior producer Cody Nicewarner commented on the challenge of bringing DOOM Eternal to the Switch. You can see his full statement below.

Doom Eternal is a technically demanding title. Our starting point, with all the tricks we brought over from previous titles already in place, was comparable to how Doom (2016) ran without any optimizations. So yes I’d say it was the most difficult title to bring to the Switch.