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Steam Deck now lets you override display resolution for games

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Have some games on Steam Deck that won't get the right resolution? Now you can force them into what you want. This will be useful for quite a lot of retro games especially, and some that just won't behave.

Announced as part of a recent update, you can now go into the Properties menu of any app on Steam Deck and select to force the resolution:

Here's the full update notes:

  • Added Game Resolution setting to App Properties, allowing players to override the max display resolution for games, on a a per-game basis
  • Added mouse cursor (using right trackpad) for built-in web browser interactions when connected to an external display
  • Improved default aspect ratio behavior for external monitors - games will now default to 1280x800 for 16:10 external displays and 1280x720 for all other external displays
  • Improved UI performance in game carousels
  • Improved UI performance when connected to an external display
  • Improved controller order when using external gamepads to assign the controller slots by the order of input. This should help with compatibility in games which locked onto the Steam Deck controller.
  • Fixed 'Enable updated fan control' toggle not remembering its state across reboots
  • Fixed Bluetooth controllers not working on the lockscreen
  • Fixed some formatting issues on the Steam Deck Chord Summary page
  • Fixed issue preventing deletion of some controller layouts
  • Temporarily disabled adaptive brightness toggle, as it was causing performance and stability issues. Big thanks to the community for catching this weird bug - we're working on a fix for it now.
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Pengling 6 Jun
Quoting: hardpenguinI begin to envy Steam Deck the features I would like to see in the regular Steam client 😁
Same - I've got a game in my library that only offers a few strange resolutions for no good reason, and I'd like to be able to persuade it not to do that.
soulsource 20 Jun
Quoting: setzer22Does this fix the issue of Gaming Mode being stuck at 720p when plugged on an external screen?

Late reply, but I finally got to try this:
Yes. You can set games to render in "Native" resolution (or any other resolution the display supports). I tried it with several games, and found that FullHD is a bit much for the Steam Deck's GPU in 3D titles (for instance Elite: Dangerous makes the fan spin at full speed with FullHD output), but for 2D games (I tried Super Hexagon and One Deck Dungeon) it's awesome.
setzer22 5 days ago
Quoting: soulsource
Quoting: setzer22Does this fix the issue of Gaming Mode being stuck at 720p when plugged on an external screen?

Late reply, but I finally got to try this:
Yes. You can set games to render in "Native" resolution (or any other resolution the display supports). I tried it with several games, and found that FullHD is a bit much for the Steam Deck's GPU in 3D titles (for instance Elite: Dangerous makes the fan spin at full speed with FullHD output), but for 2D games (I tried Super Hexagon and One Deck Dungeon) it's awesome.

Glad to hear that. Exciting! :)
david16e 4 days ago
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I can't seem to get this working - I'm connecting the deck to a 4k/60hz usb hub but can only get the output (FF7 remake in my case) to my 4k TV to be 1080p 60hz, even after setting the output to something higher. Also, I would love to be able to Remote Play from my PC to my steam deck at a resolution higher than 1080p 60hz, but that doesn't seem to be possible no matter what combination of client/host settings I try. Using desktop mode, would it be possible to steam Remote Play at something over 1080p? thanks!
soulsource 4 days ago
Sorry to hear that.
I only have a FullHD TV, so I didn't try any resolutions above that.


Last edited by soulsource on 23 June 2022 at 9:16 am UTC
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