Dishonored 2 finally arrived on the Steam Deck, adding to the extensive library for the system. However, some players complain about their performance on Steam Deck. It is usually a choice between the quality of the performance and battery life. This article will help you find a sweet spot that provides enjoyable and prolonged gameplay.
Before we go into big details, let us go through the fundamental configuration for Dishonored 2 on Steam Deck:
- Graphics preset: Default
- Screen refresh rate: 30 FPS
- Framerate limit: 30 FPS
- Average framerate: 30 FPS
- TDP limit: 8W
- Resolution: 1280 x 800
This setup attempts to maintain a steady 30 frames per second, which is a suitable frame rate for a seamless gaming experience—especially on a portable device.
It is a good idea to use Proton 7.0-2 to play Dishonored 2 on the Steam Deck. For best compatibility and performance, make sure your BIOS version is F7A0105, and your SteamOS version is 3.2. The biggest dilemma when configuring your Steam Deck to run Dishonored 2 is the choice between performance and battery life.
FPS and Performance
At 30 fps, the average battery life is 2 hours and 35 minutes. This setting provides solid performance without draining the battery too fast. 40 fps gets around 2 hours and 4 minutes. The performances are bit better, but it drains more power. At 60 fps, as expected, battery life is 1 hour and 54 minutes. The highest performance is also the shortest.
TDP and Performance
At 15.5 watts, a steady 30 frames per second should last for two hours and thirty-five minutes. This configuration offers good battery life and a fluid gaming experience. Keep in mind that raising the TDP limit can improve performance by giving the CPU and GPU more power, but it will also cause your battery to run out more quickly.
High Preset V-Sync Off: Disabling V-Sync can improve efficiency and lessen input latency. Screen tearing, a visual artifact in which horizontal lines appear across the screen, could result, though.
Remember, this guide is only the starting point in finding your ideal settings for this game. For more related content, make sure you check out Optimal Steam Deck Settings for Age of Wonders 4 or Does Moonstone Island Work on Steam Deck.