Will it run Doom? Smart thermostat running Classic FPS game Doom.

Well, another proof that decade old saying is the truth, “If it has a processor, it can run Doom”. Doom has finally arrived at the smart thermostat market. Well at least first documented video of it. A youtube user by the name of cz7 asm  have uploaded a video showing Honeywell Prestige running Doom.

Will it run Doom?

You might be asking why is it important that a thermostat running this 90s game?

According to Knowyourmeme.com,

“It Runs Doom” is an expression indicating that a device is capable of running the 1993 first-person shooter video game Doom, which has been successfully ported to a variety of electronic gadgets designed for purposes other than gaming. On December 10th, 1993, Doom was released by id Software for MS-DOS personal computers. In 1997, the company released the game’s source code, allowing enthusiasts to port the game to a variety of devices. ”

We have seen Doom played on keyboard keys, MacBook Pro Touch Bar, ATM, iPod, Scope MonitorVirtual Arcade Machines(Doomception, playing doom inside a doom) to calculators. The game itself is a childhood favorite of generation X. There are websites, forums, and even a subreddit dedicated to the subject. Motherboard published an article listing various devices capable of running Doom, if you are interested in the detailed list of doom ports.

The creator of the video says “An outcome of my recent project “can you run DOOM on a smart thermostat?”. The device used is Honeywell Prestige thermostat. A really nice piece of hardware on a well-engineered board using ARM9 series processor. The Doom engine is based on Chocolate Doom and also its STM32F429 port. The modified source code with references is here https://www.dropbox.com/s/xy6qjabfuqq… ”

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