Steam Deck Can Now Play DOOM Eternal with Ray Tracing

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Ray tracing is typically a very demanding technique, but it appears that Valve’s handheld gaming PC is powerful enough to handle it to some extent. According to a news post on the official Steam Deck site, the Steam Deck has received a new beta update (3.4.6) that enables ray tracing in DOOM Eternal, allowing players to slay demons while on the go with additional effects that should include ray-traced reflections. According to a Bethesda support article, ray tracing is available on the PC, Xbox Series X, and PS5 versions of DOOM Eternal, but not Xbox Series S.

From a Steam post:

Steam Deck OS 3.4.6 Beta: March 2nd

Note: This update is for the Steam Deck Preview channel, and includes new features that are still being tested. You can opt into this in Settings System Steam Update Channel.

  • Updated the graphics driver to Mesa 23.1, containing many functional and performance fixes:
  • Fixed graphical corruption issues with Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty
  • Ray-Tracing is now available in DOOM Eternal
  • Fixed graphical corruption issues and GPU crashes in several upcoming titles

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