Porting games is always a hot topic in the gaming world due to the number of platforms we have. But, normally when we talk about ports, it’s mostly restricted to the most popular consoles. We don’t consider porting games to outrageous places like pregnancy tests.
One game however is bold enough to be playable on every hardware on planet Earth including pregnancy tests. That game is none other than the notorious first Doom. It came out way back in 1993 and changes the landscape of shooter games after its release.
Due to its influence, it has been available literally everywhere. Now, a new unusual piece of hardware has the game. Doom is now available on a BIOS payload software in a port which is available in the new update for the system.
Coreboot BIOS is a software project which aims to implement lightweight firmware in computers. It got a new update today provides many fixes for the system and brings many new features. But, the best part of this update is probably the port of Doom 1993.
Originally Coreboot BIOS was called LinuxBIOS. You have the ability to modify this software through extensions known as payloads. They allow you to customize your BIOS software and more function to it. Running this Coreboot payload is also very easy as you just need to add a bootloader.
Afterwards, you can make use of many functions and uses the payloads provide including games. Coreboot’s 4.17 update for the BIOS allows you to obtain a port for the original Doom through a payload. Hence, you can play this game on your BIOS.
Even though this port for the game is amazing it does have a few limitations you should know about. It has no sound at all and you cannot make a save file for this version of Doom. USB Keyboard support is also not available as of yet and the video format support is kind of iffy.
But, these are early stages so it can improve a lot as we move on. If you want to check Coreboot BIOS support on your computer, just go to the status page. It will allow you to verify if your device supports this software or not.
Most Google laptops do support Coreboot so the user for those will have the 4.17 update. Therefore the users of these platforms can enjoy doom’s new port if they want to. Hopefully, this isn’t the last Doom port we see.
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