Diablo 4 Steam Deck - how to play, best settings and performance

Diablo 4 steam deck demon close-up

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Diablo 4 is a month away and fans really want to play this anticipated action RPG on the Steam Deck in the most optimal way. Thus far, the beta has been a pleasant surprise, even putting certain full-game releases to shame, which is embarrassing.

For the moment, Diablo 4 is still in open beta so you might expect quite long waiting times to get in, along with some bugs and issues such as server errors and error 34203. But that doesn't mean we could not be having fun.

So, let's take our little demon hunting on the go and look at Diablo 4 Steam Deck best settings.

How to play Diablo 4 on Steam Deck

To play Diablo 4 on the Steam Deck, as well as any other Blizzard game, you will need to install Battle.net. This is a requirement for accessing Diablo 4, as Blizzard games are not typically available on Steam.

Once Battle.net is installed, you'll need to adjust a few settings to ensure the game runs smoothly on your device. Specifically, you'll want to set the forced compatibility to use Proton GE 8-3 to run it effectively on your Steam Deck.

With Battle.net installed and the proper compatibility settings configured, all that remains is to open Battle.net, log into your account, and start playing Diablo 4.

Diablo 4 Steam Deck performance

Although not flawless, Diablo 4's performance on Steam Deck is quite enjoyable, despite a few minor setbacks.

The absence of a shader cache provided by Steam and the need for some Proton adjustments result in occasional stutters throughout gameplay. However, these issues do not significantly hinder the overall experience.

Using a Medium preset and FSR 2 on Quality mode, a stable 45 FPS was achievable by setting the TDP limit to 10. By lowering the graphics settings, you will be able to achieve 60 FPS.

Overall, Diablo 4 runs impressively well on the Steam Deck, providing an enjoyable gaming experience.

Diablo 4 Steam Deck best settings

Since Diablo 4 is not Steam Deck Verified, you need to fiddle with the graphics and SteamOS settings to run the game as optimally as possible and conserve your Steam Deck's battery life.

So here are the best Diablo 4 settings for Steam Deck:

  • Frame Rate: 45 FPS
  • Refresh Rate: 45 Hz
  • HRS: No
  • TDP Limit: 10
  • FidelityFX Super Resolution 2: Quality
  • Quality Preset: Medium

That's the current way to play Diablo 4 well on Steam Deck, at least until Valve or Activision Blizzard releases something more official. In case you encounter no GPU found error while playing Diablo 4 on Steam Deck, we have a dedicated guide on how to fix it.

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