Many fans are desperate to know if they can play Starfield on the Steam Deck.
Exploring Starfield’s vast galaxy on the go would be a dream come true for most of us, especially with the time investment required for most Bethesda titles.
Here we’re going to explore whether or not we think Starfield will run well on the Steam Deck with everything we know so far.
Will Starfield Run Well on Steam Deck?
Based on the minimum PC requirements for Starfield, we expect that the game may struggle to run smoothly on the Steam Deck.
However, until we can officially get our hands on the game, we won’t know for sure exactly how Starfield will run on the portable device.
Although, we can look at the minimum requirements for PC and compare them with other recent AAA releases to get a better idea of how it may run on the system come release day.
Here are the minimum PC specs for Starfield and how they stack up against the Steam Deck:
|PC Minimum Requirements:
|Steam Deck Specs:
|AMD Ryzen 5 2600X, Intel Core i7-6800K
|Zen 2 custom AMD APU
|16 GB RAM
|16 GB RAM
|AMD Radeon RX 5700, NVIDIA GeForce 1070 Ti
|8 RDNA 2CUs
|125 GB available space (SSD Required)
64 GB eMMC
256 GB NVMe SSD
512 GB high-speed NVMe SSD
Steam Deck users will want to take note of Starfield’s fairly high graphics requirements, as these will likely push the system to its limits.
The device technically has lower specs than Starfield’s minimum specifications technically, but optimization is known to be much better on Steam Deck than on traditional GPUs.
It’s important to note that a whopping 125 GB of storage is required, meaning that players who opted for the lower-tier models of the Steam Deck should upgrade their storage.
How Does Starfield Compare to Other Steam Deck Titles?
Despite handling Elden Ring and Hogwarts Legacy well, the Steam Deck has struggled with more recent games.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor has similar system requirements to Starfield and struggled to run at a stable 30 FPS. This doesn’t bode well for Starfield.
Despite this, we fully expect the game to be able to run on the Steam Deck with tweaked settings. Lowering the game’s Graphics settings with a max lock of 30 FPS should be doable.
The question lies in its optimization and whether or not it will be able to maintain a consistently stable framerate.
Where Should You Play Starfield?
If you want the best gaming experience, we recommend playing on the Xbox Series X or a dedicated gaming PC.
For Steam Deck, your best bet is to wait and get a better idea of how playable it will be.
If you’re interested in the game’s framerate cap, check out Starfield’s FPS on Xbox and PC here.