Just last Friday (20), the Digital Foundry channel posted a video showing a test sequence that puts the Steam Deck hardware to the test, making Valve’s portable PC withstand some of the biggest (and heaviest) games released for PCs in 2022including A Plague Tale: Requiem and the next-gen update to The Witcher 3.
The Steam Deck is definitely one of the most curious devices released and it drew a lot of attention in 2022 for its design and also for the capabilities of its hardware considering its portability and relatively small size. Digital Foundry decided to test this to the limit, putting the device head-to-head with A Plague Tale Requiem, The Callisto Protocol, Gotham Knights, Need For Speed Unbound, The Witcher 3 and Uncharted 4comparing the experiences with that of more basic consoles like the PS4.
A Plague Tale Requiem, known for being quite a heavy release on both PC and consoles, ended up doing well on the Steam Deck and delivering a steady 30fps at various times (using the system frame cap). The biggest FPS drops are noticed in the more urban areas of the scenario, where the CPU ends up becoming the bottleneck. system and couldn’t keep up with the gameplay very well.
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Other games like Need For Speed Unbound, Uncharted 4: Legacy of Thieves Collection, and even the next-gen version of The Witcher 3 work perfectly on the Steam Deck., with little to no drop off from a stable 30fps. That’s, of course, considering the reductions in resolution and graphics quality required to scale games to handheld.
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In general, in releases as large and complex as this, the biggest problem really seems to be in the CPU. It is, in general, responsible for large frame drops. and for her that Gotham Knights did not reach 30 fps in practically no time. The Callisto Protocol also has a lot of frame jitter.
For the full analysis, including images and all the comments, you can check out the Digital Foundry video at the top of the story.
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