Valve’s portable PC, the Steam Deck, was officially released on February 25. Although only people who pre-ordered right away have been able to get their orders in. Still, the Steam Deck is now real and people are getting their hands on it. As such, we’re getting a better look at how games run on the device. One of the most impressive feats of the portable PC is that it is able to run pretty much everything on Steam. A new video showing the Steam Deck running Red Dead Redemption 2 shows off just how powerful this not-so-little machine is. Check out the video from PC Gaming.it below.
In the video, the Steam Deck manages to run Red Dead Redemption 2 at roughly 40-55 FPS. That tracks with other reports of the game running at around 50 FPS on low settings. It’s an impressive feat considering the PC version of the game, even on low settings, is better quality than the PS4 and Xbox One versions. Those consoles can only manage the game at 30 FPS. Even the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X only manage 30 FPS in the game, albeit at higher resolutions.
The Steam Deck is able to handle huge games like Red Dead Redemption 2 by playing at lower resolutions than the PS4 and Xbox One. Even at lower resolutions, games played on the Steam Deck will still look good because it’s a handheld with a 7-inch screen. Compared to playing on a big TV with a console, the Steam Deck has to do comparatively little to achieve a good level of fidelity.
Expect to see more gameplay demonstrations of the Steam Deck and comparisons at different settings as more people get their hands on the portable PC. There were a huge number of pre-orders for the system and new pre-orders are currently looking at a delivery date of “After Q2 2022.”