Steam Deck: first performance tests with Forza Horizon 5 and more

Steam Deck is approaching its world premiere. While Valve prepares the shipments of the first wave, scheduled for February 28, different specialized media and content creators are receiving their final analysis unit and, therefore, the results are beginning to be published. After seeing the first official unboxing, the user The Phawx has published a complete video on his YouTube channel of about an hour in which he analyzes point by point the performance of Valve’s new console-shaped laptop. These are the results.

Benchmarks, demos and comparisons: Steam Deck aims high

The first conclusion that can be reached with the Steam Deck is that it is a very powerful and very bulky device. After comparing it with an Nvidia GeForce MX450 graphics card —a recurring mid-range chip in laptops of about 1,000-1,200 euros—, the results are very similar in practically everything; both in low, medium and high settings.

When comparing it with other portable solutions from other Chinese manufacturers, such as the well-known GPD Win3 and AYANEO Next —the latter will give much to talk about in 2022—, we see that in video games such as Control (Remedy Entertainment) refresh rates are significantly higher on Steam Deck, which ranges between 70 and 80 FPS; 70 in Win3 and 57 FPS in AYANEO.

Steam Deck: FPS and battery life

Of all the video games analyzed, with dedicated footage for Steet Fighter V and Devil May Cry V (Capcom), the one for Forza Horizon 5 (Playground Games) stands out, which in high settings reaches a 30 FPS stutter-free refresh rate; while in low graphic settings it moves at 60 FPS with hardly any problems.

Battery life will depend on the video game used and the performance of each title. The Phawx tries to explain it with different examples and assumptions. In most cases, autonomy will range between 3 and 4 hours, which can be 2 hours if we use very demanding video games… or up to 6 hours strong> if what we want is to enjoy independent titles that hardly require work from the GPU. More tests and trials of the Steam Deck, including specialized media, will be coming soon.

Steam Deck has already verified video games such as Deathloop, Horizon Zero Dawn or God of War. If you have your unit reserved, here we explain how to check your estimated delivery date for the device.

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