Steam Deck May Be The Best Way To Play Disney

A woman in a straw hat waters pumpkins with the help of Wall-E the robot.

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The just lately launched multiplatform life-sim, Dreamlight Valley, is a bit Animal Crossing, a bit Stardew Valley, and a complete lot of Disney. It’s additionally the type of sport you would possibly need to play whereas watching a TV present, multitasking with a handheld console. But whereas it did come out on Switch, that model isn’t nice. Luckily, Dreamlight Valley runs nice on Steam Deck with a number of tweaks. Just be ready to cost your Steam Deck earlier than taking part in.

Don’t Worry About What Steam Says, It Works

Steam presently lists Dreamlight Valley’s compatibility with Steam Deck as “Unknown,” which isn’t stunning. What this implies is that the sport has but to be reviewed by Valve for compatibility. Now, a query mark and the dearth of a verified test mark would possibly scare you away, however don’t fear. After taking part in Dreamlight Valley for a number of hours on Valve’s pretty transportable PC, I’ve discovered the expertise to be on par with most different playable and verified titles.

However, you would possibly want to vary your library filters to truly discover and set up it. Just change the filter utilizing the X button and swap it to point out all video games, even unknown and unsupported. You ought to then have the ability to see Dreamlight Valley, assuming you personal it.

With A Few Tweaks, This Is A Great Way To Play

Dreamlight Valley on Steam Deck is an okay expertise proper out of the field, however with a number of tweaks, you may enormously enhance the way it performs. Before any modifications, the sport runs at a sort-of-stable 60fps. It’s playable, positive, however will be improved.

First, change the resolution to 1280×720 (Dreamlight doesn’t support the Deck’s native 1280×800). Leave it at 60Hz and reduce all the graphical settings to medium. Don’t mess with the Display Mode setting, as when I did this it locked up the game on the Steam Deck every time. But, with these settings, you’ll notice a nice improvement in framerate stability. You can drop the texture quality from default to low, too, as the Deck’s small screen does a good job of hiding the drop in quality. But in my time with the game, it wasn’t a necessary tweak.

Read More: 27 Things I Wish I Knew Before Playing Disney Dreamlight Valley

Once you’ve obtained Dreamlight Valley operating good on the Steam Deck, you may as well make the most of the touchscreen, letting you simply transfer gadgets round in your stock and chests. If you’re like me and like to regularly re-organize these areas, taking part in on Steam Deck is improbable in comparison with utilizing a console controller. I discover the sport’s stock administration time consuming and clunky on a gamepad, particularly in comparison with a mouse or the Deck’s touchscreen.

If you’re logging on simply to test the shop, do some mining, and plant some extra crops, the Steam Deck is ideal. Lately I’ve spent an hour every night taking part in a little bit of Dreamlight Valley whereas watching Taskmaster or random YouTube movies.

Charge Your Steam Deck Thoroughly First 

In my testing of battery-draining video games on the Steam Deck, Dreamlight Valley just isn’t the worst offender, not even shut. But it does drain the Deck faster than I anticipated. I suppose all that Disney magic doesn’t come at no cost, huh?

Using the settings I shared earlier and with out tweaking the system’s battery settings, it appears a completely charged Steam Deck can play for about two and a half to 3 hours relying on what you do in-game. Of course, modifications to settings can impression battery life, however don’t count on rather more than three hours.

In brief, with a number of minor tweaks, Dreamlight Valley is nice on the Deck. In reality, it would simply be the easiest way to play this new slice-of-life sport, particularly should you’re somebody who likes to multitask or prefers lounging outdoors on the patio when gaming. Just ensure you cost your Deck up first.


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