Will Starfield run well on Steam Deck?

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Will Starfield run well on Steam Deck?

Starfield is a role-playing game that will take you to the stars and let you explore new planets. While Bethesda fans are definitely excited about the game, you may be wondering if Starfield will run well on the Steam Deck.

The creators of Starfield are the same people behind games like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 4. This should give you an idea of how expansive Starfield might be.

Let's find out how well the Steam Deck can run the game.

Will Starfield run well on Steam Deck?

No system requirements for Starfield have been revealed just yet, so it's tough to say at this point whether Steam Deck will be able to run Starfield.

You can make the assumption of the Steam Deck being able to run Starfield, but don't expect it to be optimized from the jump. Playing on low settings with about 30 FPS is probably a safe bet.

You may need to fiddle with the graphics and SteamOS settings to run Starfield as optimally as possible and conserve your Steam Deck's battery life.

How to improve Steam Deck performance

If you're feeling unsatisfied with Starfield or any other game's performance on the Steam Deck, you can try improving it with Proton GE. Do keep in mind, however, that this is unofficial software.

Here's how to install Proton GE onto your Steam Deck:

  • Enter desktop mode by holding the Steam Deck power button and selecting "Switch to desktop".
  • Open the Discover app store, look for ProtonUp-Qt and install it.
  • After installation, launch ProtonUp-Qt.
  • In ProtonUp-Qt, click on "Add version" and select ProtonGE.

After ProtonGE is installed, you should be able to select a game from your Steam library, press Compatibility, and tick the "Force the use of a specific Steam Play compatibility tool" box to use it.

Using this won't get rid of all of your Steam Deck performance issues, but it should help a bit.


Looking to play older games on your Steam Deck? Check out its best emulators.

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