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News hardware & software 29 September 2021, 14:42

author: Adrian Werner

Steam Deck is Strong, but Struggles With Cyberpunk 2077

Thanks to a Chinese tester, we learned how Steam Deck handles Cyberpunk 2077, Dota 2, Doom, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider and several other games.

The Steam Deck is still a few months away from release, but the first units have been making their way to select individuals for some time now. One of them is a Chinese tester, who benchmarked the device in several productions. His impressions suggest that the hardware can cope quite decently even with demanding titles.

Unfortunately, the player from China did not perform classic performance tests. Nevertheless, the approximate results he delivers give an idea of what kind of performance we can expect from Steam Deck.

Steam Deck performance in games

Cyberpunk 2077 is a challenge even for powerful desktop PCs, so no one will be surprised to learn that Steam Deck had the most problems with this title. On high settings, the game jumped between 20 and 30 fps. To get satisfactory fluidity, it was necessary to lower the graphics options to medium and low, but unfortunately it was not given how many fps were obtained in such cases.

Doom retained almost constant 60 fps on medium settings. After bumping up some options to something between medium and high detail (we'll continue to refer to this configuration as "custom settings"), the game was stabilized around 45 fps.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the game with the most results provided. Steam Deck provided 30 fps at the highest settings. On high it was 36 fps, and after lowering the detail level even lower (but still above medium) it managed to reach 60 fps.

The last game tested was Dota 2. It's the least demanding game on this list, so it's no special surprise that 47 fps was achieved on the highest settings and 80 on the lowest.



Cyberpunk 2077

High settings: 20-30 fps


Medium settings: 60 fps

Custom settings: 45 fps

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Highest settings: 30 fps

High settings: 36 fps

Custom settings: 60 fps

Dota 2

Highest settings: 47 fps

Low settings: 80 fps

Analyzing the above results, it should be added that the games were tested on Steam Deck's devkit and it is possible that the consumer edition will perform a little better.

Other interesting data was also provided. During intense gameplay, the back of the device reached a temperature of 42.6°C, while the place where we hold the console reached 29°C. Furthermore, 54% of battery was consumed after three hours of play.

Recall that consumers will start receiving the device in December 2021. Unfortunately, all units prepared for this year have sold out like hot cakes. Those who make reservations today, will wait for delivery until the second half of 2022.

  1. Steam Deck - official website
  2. Steam Deck on Steam

Adrian Werner

Adrian Werner

A true veteran of the Gamepressure newsroom, writing continuously since 2009 and still not having enough. He caught the gaming bug thanks to playing on his friend's ZX Spectrum. Then he switched to his own Commodore 64, and after a short adventure with 16-bit consoles, he forever entrusted his heart to PC games. A fan of niche productions, especially adventure games, RPGs and games of the immersive sim genre, as well as a mod enthusiast. Apart from games, he devourers stories in every form - books, series, movies, and comics.