Valve Steam Deck Offers FPS Limiter to Extend Battery Life. Valve’s Steam Deck, just like a lot of the company’s hardware endeavors, has starred up a mixed response to the much portable PC gaming handheld. The device itself now seems to possess a yin yang characteristic too.
Valve Steam Deck Offers FPS Limiter to Extend Battery Life
It’s now a tempting price tag that was offset by pre-order chaos, while its capable hardware, at least for a portable computer, was balanced by some puzzling decisions concerning its performance. The most controversial aspect now seems to be the “30 FPS target” for the Steam Deck that Valve revealed. As it now seems, the story is actually more confusing than that remains to be a simple statement.
The company best known for its Steam games store and platform revealed that the steam Deck targets 30Hz gameplay. That sounds like an arbitrary and strange limitation now considering that the device’s screen is now capable of 60Hz refresh rates. At that particular, it does sound almost on par with the Nintendo Switch’s capabilities, except the older gaming handheld has far weaker hardware inside.
Valve Steam Deck 30-fps Target
Valve’s Pierre-Loup Griffais later clarified that this 30-fps target is simply a floor or minimum requirement. Very few modern PC games run at lower than 30 fps these days anyway, so it is now a pretty low bar for you to reach. The game developer also clarifies that the games they have tested so far exceeded that floor. Perhaps this is offering hope, and in general, it would not be as bad as that number would sounds.
The more interesting revelation, however, is that the steam Deck would have an optional built-in FPS limiter. This also would allow users to pick between performance or battery life, the latter probably locking games at 30Hz.
Steam Deck Performance
However, this raises even more questions and concerns about the quality of graphics that Steam will deliver. Considerations concerning the frame syncing, frame-pacing, and tearing when locking games at this 30-fps mode and it would surely come up. Though it’s definitely too early to say how great or bad the steam deck’s performance would be.