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Larian Studios’ Baldur’s Gate 3 is releasing next month, and as players eagerly await it, many are wondering about its compatibility with the Steam Deck. So here’s all you need to know about Baldur’s Gate 3 on Steam Deck

The Baldur’s Gate franchise is very popular in the gaming space. The Dungeons & Dragons based RPG title has a special place in many gamers’ hearts and they are eager to get their hands on it when it releases in August 2023.

This new title will be compatible with different platforms and has been in Early Access since 2020. However, many players are wondering if and how it runs on Steam Deck. Here’s all about Baldur’s Gate 3 on the popular handheld platform.

Various characters under a bridge in Baldur's Gate 3.
Larian Studios

Baldur’s Gate 3 will be available on macOS, Windows, and PlayStation 5.

Can you play Baldur’s Gate 3 on Steam Deck?

Baldur’s Gate 3 will work out of the box on Steam Deck via Proton. Also, if you have a copy from Good Old Games, you should be able to play that too. This means you don’t have to worry about finding a compatibility layer that works.

However, the game might not run as well as you hope, as the Steam Deck is currently limited to a stable 30 or 40FPS. If you want to improve it we recommend using FSR and 40HZ refresh rate to ensure the best performance. Until an optimized version of the game is officially released on Steam Deck by the devs, playing it via Proton is the only way.

The main issue seems to be the controller support. Larian Studios have confirmed that the game will support it at launch, but there are some questions that haven’t been fully answered. On Steam Deck, it should detect your embedded controller and any external ones. It does, however, look “finicky”. While controller support appears to be in, it may not be the best way to play the game.

We’ll keep an eye out for any updates regarding the Steam Deck version of Baldur’s Gate 3 and let you know as soon as there are any new details.

For more on Baldur’s Gate 3, don’t forget to also check out:

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