Best Baldur's Gate 3 Steam Deck settings

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Close up of a character in Baldur's Gate 3
Credit: Larian Studios
September 6, 2023: Now Baldur's Gate 3 is fully released on both PC and Playstation, check out how to also play it on Steam Deck!

There’s no Nintendo Switch or iPad version of Baldur’s Gate 3 on the horizon like the studio’s prior release with Divinity: Original Sin 2. But with the best Baldur’s Gate 3 Steam Deck settings, you can still take the title on the go. Throughout the years, the early access release has seen many updates, new content, and new characters, and it’s even seen the release of a gaming device that has taken the industry by storm.

Having said that, due to the power and graphic limitations of the device, trying to run the game in 4K resolution at 240 FPS will be impossible, or even cause explosions galore. But there is a way. So long as you keep the hardware limitations of the system in mind, you’ll be able to net solid performance in this triple-A title without much worry.

For more on the game, be sure to check out if you can play Baldur's Gate 3 solo, as well as how to use rope in the RPG. You can also get some build tips with our Baldur's Gate 3 race tier list and class tier list!

Baldur’s Gate 3 Steam Deck - Best settings

The secret to stability in this game is to keep a conservative expectation of what the Steam Deck is capable of. The good thing is that you won't have to sacrifice absolutely everything thanks to the Steam Deck’s relatively low resolution of 1280 x 800.

A character singing to a Druid in Baldur's Gate 3.
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Credit: Larian Studios

Today’s 4K gaming expectations push systems to their limits, with 1080p still largely being the sweet spot for those who prefer smooth frame rates. 800p keeps overheads low, leaving room to bump up some fancier visual effects without causing any major slowdowns.

So, if you wish to try what the users have discovered to be the best Steam Deck setting for Baldur's Gate 3, check out all the information below. A quick notice though: this game will drain your battery pretty quickly, so carry your charger or even a power bank compatible with the Steam Deck.

Steam Deck Performance Menu

  • Use per-game profile: On
  • Frame Rate: 40
  • Refresh Rate: 40
  • Allow tearing: No
  • Half Rate Shading: On
  • Thermal Power Limit: 10-12
  • Scaling Filter: Linear

Baldur's Gate Video Menu

  • Resolution: 1280 x 800
  • Framerate Cap: 20 or 30 FPS (same as Steam Deck settings)
  • Overall Quality Preset: Medium or High (prioritize model and texture quality)
  • Instance Distance: Low
  • Shadow Quality: Low
  • Cloud Quality: Low

You can also access the Interface menu in the Steam Deck settings and change the Dialogue & Overhead text to 57px. This will result in better viewability, which can be a hassle for some Steam Deck gaming experiences. It’s not an FPS-increasing exercise, but it’ll certainly boost your personal experience.

So now that you know the best settings for your Steam Deck device, carry your charger and locate the nearest outlet in every building you plan to visit. It’s not known for its long battery life. But while you're running around Faerun, be sure to check out our guides on solving the Thorn Mausoleum puzzle, and decide whether you should take the Mountain Pass or Underdark route to Moonrise Towers!

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