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Optimal Steam Deck Settings for Age of Wonders 4

Run your empire on the go!
Age of Wonders 4 Battle Scene
Image via Triumph Studios

The Steam Deck is a fantastic handheld device that could truly benefit from more strategy games with native compatibility, like the excellent Age of Wonders 4. Here are the optimal Steam Deck settings for Age of Wonders 4 to run an empire on the go!

The Best Age of Wonders 4 Steam Deck Settings

Look no further if you want the best settings for Age of Wonders 4. But be warned because, while the device is powerful, it’s not all-powerful like your gaming desktop. A game like Age of Wonders 4, with so many moving units and detailed graphics, can tax the system. As such, our settings guide is adjusted to consider performance more so than appearance.

  • Graphics Preset: Low
  • Texture Quality: Medium
  • V-Sync: Disabled
  • Shadows: Low
  • Anti-Aliasing: Off
  • Ambient Occlusion: Off
  • Post-Processing: Off
  • Motion Blur: Off
  • Depth of Field: Off

Do you notice a trend here? You will want most of the graphics settings turned to their lowest or entirely off to ensure top-tier performance on the Steam Deck. Despite their best efforts, Triumph Studios’ Age of Wonders 4 doesn’t run well on the handheld.

Furthermore, the Paradox launcher bundled with the game can lower your FPS in-game. A fix from over on ProtonDB removes the launcher during startup by pasting the following command into the game’s launch options:

eval $( echo gamemoderun "%command%" | sed "s/launcher-se\/Paradox Launcher.exe'.*/AOW4.exe'/")

Related: How to Recruit Heroes in Age of Wonders 4

How to Stop Age of Wonders 4 From Crashing on Steam Deck?

If you’re dealing with crashes while playing on Steam Deck, which can happen, as I crashed once or twice while playing, a few fixes include:

  • Reboot your Steam Deck by pressing the Steam button, selecting Power, and then choosing the Restart option.
  • Check for game updates by selecting Age of Wonders 4 from your game library, then selecting Manage. From there, choose Properties, then Updates, and select Automatic Updates.
  • Switch the compatibility version under the game’s Properties setting to Proton Experimental.

The last fix is what did it for me. After swapping to the experimental branch, I didn’t crash again. Your mileage may vary, though!

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About the author

Brandon Morgan

Brandon is a freelance writer with Gamer Journalist. After jumpstarting a professional writing career in 2012, Brandon went on to cover video games for Prima Games, OnlySP, MP1st, The Nerd Stash, and countless other online publications. For a short period, he worked in digital marketing, learning search engine optimization that helps improve his video game guides today.

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