Marvel's Midnight Suns Steam Deck - how to play

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Marvel's Midnight Suns Steam Deck - how to play
Credit: Marvel/2K/Firaxis Games

If you are wondering whether you can play Marvel's Midnight Suns on Steam Deck, we have good news.

Officially, Marvel's Midnight Suns is not supported on Steam Deck at launch. However, Garth DeAngelis, Senior Producer on Marvel’s Midnight Suns, said to Dexerto that the tactical role-playing game is coming post-launch.

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In the meantime, you can still enjoy the game on your Steam Deck with some workarounds. We'll explain the process of installing Marvel's Midnight Suns on Steam Deck.

How to play Marvel's Midnight Suns on Steam Deck

While the Steam Deck cannot run Marvel's Midnight Suns straight out of the box, there are some workarounds to achieve this feat. You can play the game on Steam Deck with the help of Proton GE 7-41 or by installing Windows on your handheld PC.

Since the latter is quite a bit of work, we will use Proton GE 7-41. Here is how to play Marvel's Midnight Suns on Steam Deck:

  • Open Steam and select Marvel's Midnight Suns.
  • Go to Properties > Compatibility and check Force the use of a specific Steam Play compatibility tool.
  • From the drop box, select Proton GE 7-41.
  • Put the following launch command in the preferences for optimisation: DXVK_ASYNC=1 %command%
  • Launch the game and enjoy!

There you have it, Marvel's Midnight Suns on Steam Deck. It goes without saying that you will experience some performance issues while playing since the game isn't optimised for Steam Deck.

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In combat, the game can actually run quite well. However, at The Abbey, the hub for the heroes when you aren't carrying out missions, you will experience stutter and lag. Luckily, you can tweak some graphics settings in the options to help with this.

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Marvel's Midnight Suns best settings for Steam Deck

With graphics settings set to Low, you can get a pretty stable 60 FPS out of the game, and with all settings set to Medium, you can get 30 FPS, which is recommended.

SDHQ played around with the graphics settings, and according to their findings, here are the best settings for Marvel's Midnight Suns on Steam Deck:

  • Frame Rate: 30 FPS
  • Refresh Rate: 60
  • HRS: No
  • TDP Limit: 9
  • Scaling Filter: Linear
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  • GPU Clock: Disabled
  • World Detail: Medium
  • Draw Distance: Medium
  • Textures: Medium
  • Effects: Medium
  • Foilage: Medium
  • Post Processing: Medium
  • Anti-Aliasing: Fast TXAA
  • Screen Space Reflections: Off
  • Depth of Field: Off
  • Motion Blur: Off
  • Number of Shadows: Low
  • Shadows: Medium
  • Volumetric Fog: Medium

These settings will help you have a much better, more stable experience with Marvel's Midnight Suns on Steam Deck. Until 2K and Firaxis release the patch to optimize the game for Steam Deck, you should use the above settings for the best experience.

Now that you know how to play Marvel's Midnight Suns on Steam Deck, have a look at how to run Need for Speed Unbound and Modern Warfare 2 on Steam Deck.