The highly anticipated remake of the classic horror game Resident Evil 4 is now available for PC and is running smoothly on desktops. And if you happen to own a Steam Deck, you’re in for a treat too, as its performance on this handheld is quite praiseworthy.

There are a few things you need to keep in mind before starting this game on your Steam Deck. Although Valve hasn’t yet rated Resident Evil 4 for compatibility with the Steam Deck, it is expected to earn a Playable rating or even the coveted Verified status. The controls are a great fit for the Steam Deck, taking advantage of the trackpads as alternative aiming or weapon select inputs. Additionally, text is always readable on the 7-inch, 1280×800 resolution display. However, for a seamless gameplay experience, you’ll want to install Proton Experimental from the Steam Store and run Resident Evil 4 with this version. You’ll also need to ensure that you are running the latest version of SteamOS, as both SteamOS and Proton Experimental include some of Valve’s own performance and stability improvements.

In terms of battery usage, expect to get about 1.5 hours of play from a full charge. This is quite normal for a game with rich graphics and 3D effects like Resident Evil 4, based on previous Steam Deck battery tests.

But what about the settings? Unfortunately, it’s impossible to run Resident Evil 4 on the Steam Deck hardware at a solid 60fps, regardless of quality settings. However, with the right settings, you can keep the framerate well above 30fps even in the most visually demanding scenes. For the visuals, start by switching to Button Icon Type 2 in the Controls menu to match the Steam Deck’s control buttons. Then, experiment with the two recommended combinations of settings:

**Option 1:**

Use the Max preset as a framework, but with the following changes:

* Ray Tracing: Off
* Texture Quality: High (1GB)
* Mesh Quality: Mid
* Shadow Quality: Mid
* Ambient Occlusion: Off
* Volumetric Lighting: Mid
* Screen Space Reflections: On
* Hair Strands: Off
* Motion Blur: Off
* Terrain: Off
* Lens Distortion: Off
* Depth of Field: Off

These settings should get Resident Evil 4 running at an average of about 45fps, rising to 50-60fps in tight interiors. However, there is one specific section a few chapters in where heavy weather effects and dense enemy hordes may cause sub-30fps drops, so be prepared.

**Option 2:**

Start with the fastest Prioritize Performance preset, and then make the following modifications:

* Texture filtering: High (ANISO x16)
* Contact Shadows: On
* Volumetric Lighting: Mid
* Particle Lighting Quality: High
* Bloom: On
* Screen Space Reflections: On
* Subsurface Scattering: On
* Graphic Dismemberment: On
* Persistent Corpses: On
* Corpse Physics: High
* Diverse Enemy Animations: On
* Motion Blur: Off
* Lens Distortion: Off

These settings will make the game look better than the raw Prioritize Performance preset and won’t significantly affect performance. The challenging storm scene should run at an average of about 38fps, and most of the time, you’re likely to see 45-50fps. If you want to save a bit of battery life, try using the Steam Deck’s own refresh rate settings to drop from 60Hz to 50Hz or 45Hz. This should cap the framerate to an equal FPS value and save a bit of battery power, but keep in mind it won’t affect your gameplay much if you’re not sustaining 60fps anyway.

All in all, the Remake Resident Evil 4 lives up to its expectations and delivers exceptional gameplay experience on both desktops and handheld Steam Decks. So gear up and dive into this thrilling horror game!

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