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Baldur’s Gate 3 Steam Deck Optimized Settings: How To Get Best Performance & Visuals

Larian Studios’ latest role-playing game, Baldur’s Gate 3, is now available, and we’ve put together the best settings to get 40 fps on Steam Deck.

Before we delve into optimized settings for Baldur’s Gate 3 on Steam Deck, it’s worth pointing out that the game has an installation size of 80.46 GB at launch. This means that you’re going to need a reasonably large amount of space on the internal storage or a MicroSD card with some decent storage capacity. The 64 GB variant of the Steam Deck won’t be able to install the game at all on the internal drive, making the MicroSD card a necessity for such users.

Baldur's gate 3 steam deck settings

How To Run Baldur’s Gate 3 On Steam Deck

In order to run the game on Steam Deck, you will not need to make any changes to Proton compatibility settings. However, once you boot it up for the first time, switch over from Vulkan to DirectX 11 API, as the latter is prone to crashes. With that out of the way, close the game and then select the Baldur’s Gate 3 icon and click on the gear icon to the right. Head over to Properties, and, in the General tab, look for Launch options towards the bottom. In the text box here, type “–skip-launcher”. This will allow you to bypass the launcher and head straight to the game every time you boot it up.

Baldur’s Gate 3 Steam Deck Optimized Settings

The settings below will allow you to run the game well in the Steam Deck’s 40 Hz mode.


  • Resolution: 1280 x 720
  • VSync: Disabled
  • Frame Rate Cap: On
  • Maximum Frame Rate: 40 fps


  • Overall Preset: Custom
  • Model Quality: Low
  • Detail Distance: Low
  • Instance Distance: Low
  • Texture Quality: Medium
  • Texture Filtering: Trilinear
  • Animation Level of Detail: Low
  • Slow HDD Mode: Off
  • Dynamic Crowds: On


  • Shadow Quality: Low
  • Cloud Quality: Low
  • Fog Quality: Low


  • AMD FSR 1.0: Ultra Quality
  • FidelityFX Sharpening: Off
  • Anti-Aliasing: TAA
  • Ambient Occlusion: Off
  • Depth of Field: None
  • God Rays: Off
  • Bloom: Off
  • Subsurface Scattering: Off
Muhammad Ali Bari

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