Steam Deck: GPU Settings Fully Customizable

A quick news post as there has been some leak from a Chinese developer (probably) showcasing the Steam Deck‘s side bar menu within SteamOS when running a game. Let me first share the video below:

Since everything is in chinese let me explain what you can see.

There are four types of setting:

  • Interface performance
  • GPU performance
  • Framerate limiter
  • TDP setting
  • FSR activation

The first one is probably putting less priority on the overlay client in terms of process when running games (just my assumption.)

Steam Deck: GPU Settings Fully Customizable: interface settings

The second one about GPU performance lets you select between “auto”, “manual”, “low” and “high” settings. These probably impact the battery life.

Steam Deck: GPU Settings Fully Customizable: gpu performance

There there is a framerate limiter, as mentioned by Valve before, to switch between a higher and lower framerate probably to manage power consumption further.

Steam Deck: GPU Settings Fully Customizable: frame limiter

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TDP setting will directly impact how much power the GPU is getting, which is yet another tweak that is possible on the Steam Deck.

Steam Deck: GPU Settings Fully Customizable: tdp settings

Finally, there is a way to activate FSR directly form the sidebar, making it possible to user lower resolutions to further improve performance, or simply to scale up from the native Steam Deck resolution to a larger screen without losing too much framerate.

Steam Deck: GPU Settings Fully Customizable: fsr toggle

Very exciting details – we never see this kind of settings on regular portable consoles.


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Alex Bujorianu

This looks fantastic—making these important performance characteristics easily accessible via the GUI is good news for user-friendliness. I’m particularly pleased by the framerate limiter. Since this device does not have Freesync, demanding games could be limited to 30fps to prevent tearing.