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A Chinese user has gotten their hands on a development kit for the Steam Deck and shared how the retail versions of the portable PC might handle some of today’s most popular titles at its native resolution of 800p. According to their tests, the Steam Deck can run Cyberpunk 2077 in the High graphics preset at 20 to 30 FPS, which is arguably kind of impressive for a handheld. Valve’s Steam Deck is also purportedly capable of running Shadow of the Tomb Raider and DOOM Eternal at up to 60 FPS at lower or custom, more finely tuned settings.

Machine-translated comments by the user regarding Cyberpunk 2077’s performance:

[…] We can obviously feel the freeze, and the number of frames fluctuates between 20 and 30 frames, but […] the quality of the picture is very comfortable. In the game, we can see the reflection of the water surface very vividly even on the small 7-inch screen. Adjust the picture quality to medium or low, you can play very smoothly.

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The user goes on admit that the Steam Deck can get a bit hot during gaming sessions. A test with a handheld thermometer revealed that the back of the portable and its grips can hit 42.6°C and 29°C, respectively.

Steam Deck Gaming Performance:

  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider (High) – 30+ FPS Average
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Custom) – 60+ FPS Average
  • DOOM Eternal (Custom) – 46 FPS Average
  • DOOM Eternal (Low) – 60 FPS Average
  • DOTA 2 (High) – 47 FPS
  • DOTA 2 (Low) – 80 FPS
  • Cyberpunk 2077 (High) – 20 – 30 FPS

As a refresher, Valve’s Steam Deck leverages an APU with a Zen 2-based CPU and RDNA 2-based GPU. It features 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, up to 512 GB of storage.

ProcessorAMD APU
CPU: Zen 2 4c/8t, 2.4-3.5GHz (up to 448 GFlops FP32)
GPU: 8 RDNA 2 CUs, 1.0-1.6GHz (up to 1.6 TFlops FP32)
APU power: 4-15W
RAM16 GB LPDDR5 on-board RAM (5500 MT/s quad 32-bit channels)
Storage64 GB eMMC (PCIe Gen 2 x1)
256 GB NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4)
512 GB high-speed NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 3 x4)

All models use socketed 2230 m.2 modules (not intended for end-user replacement)
All models include high-speed microSD card slot

Source: (via Wccftech)

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  1. At first I think – yeah that’s not half bad.

    Then I see … 800p resolution and I think… well, it’s not that good either.

    Can games handle running at that resolution without running into issues? I thought most would target 1080 for their UI and such.

    1. Not only that but the UI would also need to be designed to be viewed on a handheld.

      I expect quite a few games will have a UI designed specifically for the Deck

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