Prepare for the Apocalypse with this Really Tiny PC Running Doom

It’s somewhat of an ongoing thing for modders, enthusiasts, hackers, and so on to make an attempt to get id Software’s Doom to run on every piece of hardware imaginable.

Featured above, you can view the latest from Lutz Latta, who managed to get Doom to run on a tiny Edison board from Intel. He connected it to a 2.8″ display, a single audio speaker, and hooked up a Dualshock 4 controller via bluetooth.

Here’s the list of hardware he employed:

  • Intel Edison compute module: core CPU, memory, storage
  • Intel Edison kit for Arduino: easy connections for power and input/output pins for prototyping
  • Adafruit 2.8″ TFT display: display with 8-bit data bus interface
  • Speaker (8 Ohm, 0.5 W), 2N2222A transistor, capacitor, resistor: sound output from a pulse width modulated (PWM) signal
  • Playstation 4 Bluetooth controller: input controller
  • Prototyping breadboard, wires, 1 magic resistor (more on that later)

This looks like the sort of thing you’d see in some hold-out enthusiast who is trying to ignore the encroaching apocalypse surrounding him/herself. It considering the entire rig is powered by a single micro (or mini, can’t tell from here) cable.

You can find some instructions on his dev blog, and it doesn’t seem like that difficult of a setup to accomplish.

Brandon Orselli


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  1. PenguinPlayer
    January 10, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    People really like to port Doom to everything. One of these days I should pick it up and play, though I don’t know how bad it aged.

  2. Hob Knobbler
    Hob Knobbler
    January 10, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Other than the graphics (though there are source ports that can up the resolution, or even add actual 3D models) the game is still as great as it always was.nnIt’s one of those games that everybody who is into gaming should play at least once.

  3. BlueLight
    January 11, 2015 at 2:08 am

    I suggest you play brutal doom. It’s basically a engine update that adds newer designs concept to the game while keep the things that made doom well doom. nnhttp://youtu.be/H4kLpBUHf9E

  4. Fenrir007
    January 11, 2015 at 3:43 am

    I like Brutal Doom, though a lot of people say it just makes Doom edgier.nnI highly recommend the metal remade music to go with it.

  5. BlueLight
    January 11, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    I’m not sure how it made it edgier. nDoom was a game that was about mindless soaking violence that when it got a chance to have a story, the team said it would take away from the violence.

  6. Fenrir007
    January 11, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    I agree witrh you – I was just relaying what I hear over the internet.nnI1m pretty sure I remember John Romero himself saying Brutal Doom is how he wanted Doom to be, but couldn’t back then due to technical limitations. I don’t remember where, though.nnAlso, I think many detractors of Brutal Doom do it because of the guy behind it. He is marred in a sea of controversies, apparently – a.k.a. silly forum wars. Some people hate him for that.