Doom currently runs on an Ikea smart light bulb

The makers of the mod, Next-Hack, have brought down the video. In a comment on Reddit they say they “had a request to remove this post and all public material.” We’ve contacted see what that request may have been.

“Can it run Doom?” is an inquiry close to as old as Doom itself, as creative hardware hackers and software savants across the internet work to attempt to get the 1993 classic shooter to run on virtually anything that has a microprocessor. The most recent absurd entry: an Ikea Trådfri GU10 345 RGB LED bulb, which Next-Hack has figured out how to hack into running a modified version of Doom.

The actual hack is somewhat of a cheat, given the way that not at all like past Doom hack applicants, similar to the Nintendo Game and Watch, the MacBook Pro Touch Bar, or a TI calculator, the Trådfri bulb doesn’t have any buttons or a display. Next-Hack needed to add those, utilizing the MGM210L RF board that powers the “smart” part of the bulb, and changing a copy of Doom to run on its paltry 108kB of RAM.

And surprisingly then, at that point, there’s a ton of great workarounds to get the actual game to run, including adding extra storage, getting audio to work, and the ever-tricky management of RAM.

For deeper technical details, it merits reading the full article, however the outcomes represent themselves — the processor has sufficient power to run Doom, yet run the modified version quite well. Not awful for a light bulb.