Redfall can be played on the Steam Deck – with the right settings

After nearly four hours, I’m not at all convinced Redfall is a good game – unless there’s a lot of hidden depth, it feels like a rare miss from Arkane.

But unlike the last big release, Star Wars Jedi: SurvivorYou can make it playable on the Steam Deck with a few easy tweaks.

I’m not saying it will look good, But it is much better than the default setting!

before: 24fps for this grainy mess below.

So what is the silver bullet? Well, the game seems to default to medium spec 800p on deck – and in AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR 2.1 quality) which doesn’t seem to be running on deck at the moment.

Instead, I’m running the game at 1280 x 720 pixels, on low spec, with FSR 2.1 Ultra Performance, and while it can make the game look a little jittery in motion, it’s now at least playable!

Here are the settings I used:

Screenshot by Sean Hollister / The Verge

Before you start playing, I’d recommend one more tweak: Pull down the Deck’s quick settings menu, and under Performance, set the refresh rate to 40Hz and the frame limiter to 40fps. This should improve battery life and responsiveness—you may notice my settings draw more power, but I immediately saw a drop in wattage after locking the refresh rate and FPS at 40 each.

Until or unless Bethesda and AMD release some fixes, that’s my recommendation Redfall on deck.

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