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Cyberpunk 2077 gets an official Steam Deck setting but seems broken

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CD PROJEKT RED recently released another major patch for Cyberpunk 2077. Curiously, they added a dedicated Steam Deck preset in the graphics options.

Nice to see they're paying attention and tweaking things like they said they would be. However, I'm not sure what they're trying to achieve with this new option. Checking between the various presets available, the new Steam Deck option is exactly the same as the Ultra setting. It seems broken and doesn't do anything, or it wasn't supposed to be live right now but no matter the case, it's really not right. Doing a benchmark on the Steam Deck with the setting gives an overall sub-30FPS. If you reload the game with Steam Deck set in the settings, it just goes back to Ultra as the preset too.

To show it clearly here's the Steam Deck setting, followed by Medium and the difference is striking:

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Of course this was tested and verified across multiple runs, quitting the game between preset changes and such to ensure it was actually fully set. It's just broken, perhaps a copy and paste error.

Hopefully CDPR will take another look and actually set it correctly, as there's simply no way this is what it's supposed to be. For now, it's something to keep in mind.

New Update: After some more fun investigating, the Steam Deck preset definitely doesn't work right. By itself, it sets High+Ultra but it's more than that.

Going from Medium to Steam Deck and running the benchmark, it gave a higher performance than my video.

Reloading the game, it then says it's preset to Ultra. So I set it to Steam Deck again and run benchmark to see really low performance. Then I set it to Low, go back to the menu, then back in and set again to Steam Deck and run then benchmark again, and it's the best performance I've seen yet.

Cyberpunk seems to grab onto what preset you had last for Steam Deck, and any restart when you've set to Steam Deck seems to jack it back up to Ultra. So, the Steam Deck preset is definitely broken which is why other videos may show a different performance or visuals.

Low: 46.31 average FPS
Swapping Low to Steam Deck: 46.26 average FPS

Medium: 36.72 average FPS
Swapping Medium to Steam Deck: 36.30 average FPS

High: 28.39 average FPS
Swapping High to Steam Deck: 28.11 average FPS

Go back to even just the menu after going through the presets and setting Steam Deck, then back into the benchmark: 22.07 average FPS as it seems to default Steam Deck preset to High+Ultra. Saw the same behaviour on desktop too.

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Werner 23 Mar
hmm weird, according to this video it seem to work

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_lthCD2III


Last edited by Werner on 23 March 2022 at 12:22 pm UTC
Liam Dawe 23 Mar
Quoting: Wernerhmm weird, according to this video it seem to work

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_lthCD2III
There is absolutely no way with those graphical settings (high/ultra) that video is correct. Lots of the preset options don't take effect until you restart the game I've found. The Deck simply cannot handle those settings. Edit: they have FSR on and set to Balanced too, so I tried that as well and nope - performance not close to that video.


Last edited by Liam Dawe on 23 March 2022 at 12:57 pm UTC
Mohandevir 23 Mar
The parameters were commented out and they forgot to remove the "#"?
Werner 23 Mar
thanks for the info, was just wondering about the video i found ;)

Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: Wernerhmm weird, according to this video it seem to work

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_lthCD2III
There is absolutely no way with those graphical settings (high/ultra) that video is correct. Lots of the preset options don't take effect until you restart the game I've found. The Deck simply cannot handle those settings. Edit: they have FSR on and set to Balanced too, so I tried that as well and nope - performance not close to that video.
Spl-it 23 Mar
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Quoting: Wernerhmm weird, according to this video it seem to work

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_lthCD2III

Yeah, something funky is going on there, as comparing the video shows the quality doesn't match, at all.
(right video is GOL)
https://i.imgur.com/joWVVs5.png
Liam Dawe 23 Mar
Quoting: Spl-it
Quoting: Wernerhmm weird, according to this video it seem to work

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_lthCD2III

Yeah, something funky is going on there, as comparing the video shows the quality doesn't match, at all.
(right video is GOL)
https://i.imgur.com/joWVVs5.png
Yeah, even with FSR on, their video shows lighting and textures at a much lower quality level for sure. So either way, something in Cyberpunk is not correctly setting things.
Cyberpunk 2077 being broken in some fashion is a "dog bites man" story.
Liam Dawe 23 Mar
After some more fun investigating, the Steam Deck preset definitely doesn't work right. By itself, it sets High+Ultra but it's more than that.

Going from Medium to Steam Deck and running the benchmark, it gave a higher performance than my video.

Reloading the game, it then says it's preset to Ultra. So I set it to Steam Deck again and run benchmark to see really low performance. Then I set it to Low, go back to the menu, then back in and set again to Steam Deck and run then benchmark again, and it's the best performance I've seen yet.

Cyberpunk seems to grab onto what preset you had last for Steam Deck, and any restart when you've set to Steam Deck seems to jack it back up to Ultra. So, the Steam Deck preset is definitely broken which is why other videos may show a different performance or visuals.

Low: 46.31 average FPS
Swapping Low to Steam Deck: 46.26 average FPS

High: 28.39 average FPS
Swapping High to Steam Deck: 28.11 average FPS

Go back to even just the menu after setting Steam Deck, then back into the benchmark: 22.07 average FPS
eldarion 23 Mar
Going on expecting CP2077 ultra settings to work without issues on steam deck is wishful thinking. That alone shows you that the game steam deck preset is broken. SD can't handle it. Then again, if you wanted to play on ultra you would not be playing on that specific device.


Last edited by eldarion on 23 March 2022 at 3:01 pm UTC
furaxhornyx 24 Mar
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...when Cyberpunk 2077 runs better on Ultra on a Steam Deck than on your GPU on Medium...
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