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Best Elden Ring Steam Deck Settings: Optimized for 45 FPS

Here's a detailed look at the performance, quality, and battery life of Elden Ring on the Steam Deck.

Elden Ring, the spiritual successor to the Dark Souls franchise has a large and dedicated fanbase. This stubborn crowd stretches from consoles to PCs and even handhelds like the Steam Deck. In fact, it’s the fifth most-played game on the Steam Deck with…a lot of concurrent players. We have posted our PC optimization guide for the game, but before that, here’s a performance review with optimized settings for the Deck.

Performance and FPS

Elden Ring runs at a consistent 45 FPS average on the Steam Deck using our optimized graphics settings. This includes game world traversal, minor skirmishes, and most boss fights. The frame rates dip to 40-42 FPS with too many on-screen particle effects, but that’s about it. Overall, the performance is highly stable with no major FPS drops.

Graphics Settings

We Elden Ring in fullscreen mode with the resolution set to 1280 x 800 (800p). Ray tracing was disabled, and a mix of low-medium advanced graphics settings was employed. The Steam Deck system refresh rate was set to 90 Hz which complemented the average 45 FPS framerate.

Texture quality was set to “High” and grass quality to “Medium.” Motion blur, depth of field, and SSAO (Screen Space Ambient Occlusion) were disabled. You can set the latter to low for improved visuals, but you’ll experience drops into the high 30s. Antialiasing, shadow quality, lighting, effects, volumetric, and reflection quality were set to “Low” as were water surface, shader quality, and global illumination.

Visual Quality and Battery Life

Elden Ring looks great on the Steam Deck, maintaining the art style the game is known for. The only thing missing is high-performance ambient occlusion, but that’s a matter of preference. The battery life lasted 2 hours and 20 minutes on a full device charge.

Elden Ring: Best Steam Deck Graphics Settings

Optimized Graphics SettingsSteam Deck OLED
Resolution800p (1280 x 800)
Lighting QualityLow
Screen Space Ambient Occlusion (SSAO)Off (Low for 35-40 FPS)
Texture QualityHigh
Motion BlurOff
Depth of FieldOff
Grass QualityMedium
Global Illumination QualityLow
Shadow QualityLow
Water Surface QualityLow
Reflection QualityLow
Shader QualityLow
Volumetric QualityLow
Effects QualityLow
Ray Tracing QualityOff
Elden Ring: Best Steam Deck Graphics Settings
Elden Ring: Best Steam Deck Graphics Settings


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