The Steam Deck is sure to be a portable powerhouse, but the gaming PC’s capabilities aren’t exactly crystal clear. While Valve claims that it’ll be “the most powerful gaming handheld in the world”, there’s still a level of uncertainty attached to its modern gameplay performance. However, thanks to the benchmarking efforts of a dev kit holder, we now have more of an idea of what to expect when it comes to Steam Deck settings and frame rates.
Shared by FreeJoker on the Chinese site ‘Ranger’, the benchmark test put the Steam Deck through its paces while running Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Doom (2016), Cyberpunk 2077, and Dota 2. Unfortunately, the reviewer fails to mention any specific setting tweaks, but reveals average frame rates for each game with low, medium, and high presets enabled.
Before we dive into the Steam Deck user’s findings, you should keep in mind that the dev kit’s performance might differ from Valve’s finished product. In fact, the whole point of issuing dev kits is to ensure compatibility and performance can be adjusted before the handheld’s December launch, so the games subjected to testing during this benchmark could receive updates down the line.