Divinity Original Sin 2 iPad vs Nintendo Switch vs Steam Deck – What Platform Should You Buy It On?

Posted on April 17, 2023 by Mikhail Madnani

As someone who owns and plays games on multiple platforms, I’m always interested in seeing how games scale up and down across hardware. With Larian Studios’ masterpiece Divinity: Original Sin 2 ($24.99), I’ve ended up owning and playing it on iPad Pro, my laptop, Steam Deck, Nintendo Switch, and Nintendo Switch Lite recently while previously having checked it out on PS4 Pro and Xbox One X.

In this article, we will compare different platform releases for Divinity Original Sin 2 to help you decide which platform offers the best experience for you.

Before getting into the platform specifics, Divinity: Original Sin 2 is a masterpiece. If you’re only willing to play it on a specific platform, just buy it. It is a contender for one of the best RPGs of all time.

Divinity: Original Sin 2 iPad vs Switch vs PC Steam Deck controls

The Steam Deck version of Divinity: Original Sin 2 is the PC version. This means, you can use a keyboard and mouse or the system’s own controls. You can also pair anything over bluetooth and play and take full advantage of Steam Input and community configurations. The iPad version, as explained in my review, ships with full support for all three input methods.

The Nintendo Switch version only has button controls for use with Joy-Cons or a supported controller. There is no touchscreen support.

Divinity: Original Sin 2 iPad vs Switch vs PC Steam Deck interface

The interface options are best on PC and iPad. iPhones and iPads offer the best interface. The teams handling each version have done a great job scaling everything across, but the Switch Lite is the worst way to experience this in terms of the interface and scaling.

Divinity: Original Sin 2 performance and visuals across iPad and Switch

The Steam Deck offers the best performance of the lot by far when it comes to portable systems. The Switch is the worst performer of the lot. Load times are great on iPad and Steam Deck as well. Visually, the iPad Pro version shines, but the Steam Deck version wins on the performance side.

Divinity: Original Sin 2 feature comparison on iPad, Switch, and Steam Deck

Divinity: Original Sin 2 on PC has the most features thanks to official Steam Workshop support, but the iPad version isn’t lacking in anything barring that. It has full split screen drop in and drop out co-op support, online crossplay, cross save, and is the full game.

The Nintendo Switch version has cross-save with iPad and PC, but no online cross-play or split screen support. If you’re a solo player or have someone to play with online on Switch, these won’t matter to you.

Divinity: Original Sin 2 online cross play platforms

Divinity: Original Sin 2 supports cross-play online only on iPad and PC platforms.

Divinity: Original Sin 2 cross save platforms

Cross save is available through Steam, and you can do this on iPad, PC platforms, and Nintendo Switch.

Which is the best portable version of Divinity: Original Sin 2?

The iPad version is the best since it offers all control and interface options while still retaining every feature from the main PC version barring modding. If you value a smoother frame rate above everything, the Steam Deck is likely the way to go for you. The Nintendo Switch version is double the price of the iPad version while offering worse visuals and performance with no splitscreen or cross-play support.

Is it worth buying Divinity: Original Sin 2 on PS5 or Xbox?

Having played it on everything, the PS4 and Xbox versions played on PS5 and Xbox Series X are excellent since the core game itself is brilliant, but I’d only recommend those if you have people playing with you in the same ecosystem, or want to play it solo and don’t care about taking your progress with you across devices.


If you have a modern iPad, that’s the way to go. Not only does it offer everything you need for the full Divinity: Original Sin 2 experience, but it also excels with its superb interface and control options. If you already own the PC version and have a Steam Deck, you could save $25 by sticking to the Steam version on Steam Deck, but the iPad version is definitely better overall. The game retails for $44.99 on Steam, $49.99 on Nintendo Switch, and $24.99 on iPad.

Hopefully, this article helped you decide what platform(s) to buy Divinity: Original Sin 2 on if you were considering playing this brilliant RPG.

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According to https://toucharcade.com/2023/04/17/divinity-original-sin-2-ipad-vs-switch-vs-pc-cross-play-online-steam-deck-save-comparison-guide/

The material in this article is written on the basis of another article.

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