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Persona 5 Royal is a great Steam Deck experience

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With another major release from SEGA and Atlus now here with Persona 5 Royal, the good news is that it's Steam Deck Verified and it really does work nicely.

It's really interesting to see how far Proton has come as a Windows game compatibility layer, considering the previous game had numerous problems for quite some time and yet this works right at release. Nice to see the work from Valve and CodeWeavers on it paying off.

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Out of the box, you'll get somewhere between 2 and a half to 3 hours on a single Steam Deck charge, if you keep at it 60FPS which is pretty reasonable. Probably even longer than that, since the power draw dips down every time there's a cut-scene (and there's many). You will easily get even more juice putting it down to 30FPS, which in this type of games feels fine.

Text entry even brings up a full-screen text area with the Deck on-screen keyboard, showing it was properly tested and hooked up for the release. That, and the performance is pretty much spot-on, with it mostly sticking to 60FPS. Honestly, it has been one of the best Deck Verified experiences I've seen yet.

Game Features:

  • Explore Tokyo, unlock Personas, customize your own personal Thieves Den, experience alternate endings, and more.
  • Become the ultimate Phantom Thief and defy conventions, discover the power within, and fight for justice in the definitive version of Persona 5 Royal.
  • Includes over 40 items of previously released downloadable content.
  • Choose between Japanese and English VO.

As someone who never got into Persona before, this has been a really great experience and I would now somewhat consider myself a Persona fan.

Buy it on Humble Store and Steam.

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chrisis Oct 21, 2022
If you like Persona 5 definitely check out Persona 4 Golden on Steam
While it was unsupported for a while Proton has since been updated and it is fully playable on Linux (and is Steam Deck verified for some time now) and a really fun game too
just make sure you have plenty of time as like P5 it is a very long game :)
Theodis Oct 21, 2022
I've had interest in Persona 4 and Persona 5 for awhile now, but was hoping on Denuvo being eventually removed as some companies do after release, unfortunately it's been years now and it hasn't been removed for Persona 4.
pedrovay2003 Oct 21, 2022
Quoting: TheodisI've had interest in Persona 4 and Persona 5 for awhile now, but was hoping on Denuvo being eventually removed as some companies do after release, unfortunately it's been years now and it hasn't been removed for Persona 4.

People in the Steam forums have already been locked out of playing by Denuvo because they were troubleshooting some things on their Decks, too. Nothing with Denuvo should be listed as Verified for the Steam Deck.
KROM Oct 22, 2022
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Troubleshooting games that come with Denuvo is super annoying, as it will lock you out for 24h+ when, for example, you switch around proton versions too much.
If a game works, fine, if you have to try out thing to make it work, you're in for trouble. :(

Still, looking forward to PS5. Just wish Steam would stop releasing games for a year or two, so I can catch up with my ever growing backlog. :/

Last edited by KROM on 22 October 2022 at 12:16 am UTC
tgurr Oct 22, 2022
Only works on the Deck though, not on regular linux distributions, see with a suggested fix proposed to Proton GE (didn't test it myself yet) which puts us in the strange situation where things magically work on the deck and don't on regular linux distributions as the relevant changes clearly aren't even to be found in the Valve fork of wine which additionally adds to the mysterium in this specific case.

Can't complain on the Deck though, works and performs great even the fan doesn't spin up most of the time (playing it forced to 30fps) with the official Deck dock on a TV outputting the game in fullhd 1920x1080.
Mrowl Oct 22, 2022
60 fps is a big reason to get it on Steam Deck over the Switch.
But another big reason, at least for me, is the potential for mods.
fenglengshun Oct 23, 2022
Huh. No video playback issues? That was the main problem with Persona 4 Golden I hear.
vipor29 Oct 24, 2022
yea im gonna wait till this is supported either thru proton or glorious eggroll. i tried patching it and not sure what the heck i did wrong but ill just wait for an official release.
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