Steam Deck

Best Red Dead Redemption 2 Settings for the Steam Deck: Optimized for 45 FPS

These graphics settings will net you a smooth 45-50 FPS in RDR2 on the Steam Deck

Red Dead Redemption 2 is among Rockstar Games’ most popular titles. Alongside GTA 5 (here’s our optimization guide), it ranks among the most widely downloaded media. The PC version was delayed and launched with various performance issues. Since then, most of these problems have been ironed out, with added support for upscaling technologies, including NVIDIA DLSS 2 and AMD FSR 2. We’ll soon RDR 2 on our mainstream and low-end systems, but for now, here’s our Steam Deck optimization guide.

Performance and FPS

Red Dead Redemption 2 ran at a consistent 45 FPS using our optimized graphics settings on the Steam Deck, with brief drops to 38-40 FPS in crowded areas like Saint-Denis. In the wilderness and on inter-town routes, the frame rates remained at 45-50 FPS. The system refresh rate was set to 90 Hz which provided a smooth experience on the Steam Deck.

Graphics Settings

We used a mix of medium to low graphics settings in Red Dead Redemption 2 on the Steam Deck, with the texture quality set to ultra, anisotropic filtering to 2x, and FSR 2 to “Quality” mode. The base resolution was set to 800p (1280 x 800), with lighting, global illumination, shadow, reflection, volumetrics, water, tesselation, and particle quality set to low.

Screen space ambient occlusion and fur quality were set to medium, while the remaining settings were turned off or set to their lowest value. The in-game screen type was set to fullscreen, and v-sync and triple buffering were disabled.

Visual Quality and Battery Life

Red Dead Redemption 2 lasted approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes on a full charge. The game looks great on the Deck, maintaining the high visual standard RDR2 is known for. This is largely due to the high pixel density (small screen) and the high-quality textures. The game remains among the most visually stunning titles on the Steam Deck with fluid performance.

Red Dead Redemption 2: Best Steam Deck Graphics Settings

Optimized Graphics SettingsSteam Deck OLED
Resolution800p (1280 x 800)
Texture QualityUltra
Anisotropic Filtering2x
Lighting QualityLow
Full Resolution Screen Space Ambient OcclusionOff
Water Reflection/Refraction/Physics QualityLow
Motion BlurOff
Reflection MSAAOff
TAA SharpeningN/A
Geometry LOD0
Grass LOD0
Tree QualityLow
Parallax Occlusion Mapping QualityLow
Decal QualityLow
Fur QualityMedium
Tree TesselationOff
Global IlluminationLow
Shadow QualityLow
Far Shadow QualityLow
Ambient Occlusion QualityMedium
Water QualityLow
Reflection QualityLow
Mirror QualityLow
Volumetrics QualityLow
Particle QualityLow
Tesselation QualityLow
AMD FSR 2Quality
AMD FSR 2 SharpeningPlayer choice
Advanced SettingsUnlocked
Graphics APIVulkan
Near Volumetric ResolutionLow
Far Volumtric ResolutionLow
Volumetric Lighting QualityLow
Unlocked Volumetric Raymarch resolutionOff
Particle Lighting QualityMedium
Soft ShadowsOff


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