Best Palworld Graphics Settings for the Steam Deck

Ali Hashmi
Ali Hashmi
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Palworld Steam Deck

Palworld will be out on PC in early access tomorrow, and it runs quite well even on budget hardware after some tweaking. I have also tested Palworld on the Steam Deck, and while it’s not a perfect experience, it’s certainly playable. Here are the best graphics settings to play Palworld on the Steam Deck.

Is Palworld Playable on the Steam Deck?

Palworld is playable on the Steam Deck with a 30 FPS lock and a mix of low and medium settings.

Palworld Graphics Settings for Steam Deck

Graphics SettingsOption
Screen ModeWindowed
Screen Resolution1280 x 720
Max FPSNo Limit
Motion BlurON
Anti AliasingTAA
View DistanceLow
Grass DetailMedium
Effects QualityLow
Texture QualityMedium

With the settings above, Palworld looks pretty good, especially on a handheld and you’ll average around 27-35 FPS in most areas. It often goes above that and touches the lower 40s when there isn’t much going on, but I recommend locking the framerate to 30 FPS to achieve some level of consistency.

Palworld Steam Deck Gameplay - Optimized Settings
Palworld Steam Deck Gameplay Screenshot – Optimized Settings

Don’t use the in-game frame limiter, but instead the Steam Deck’s slider in the Performance Section of the Quick Access menu.

30 FPS Lock
30 FPS Lock

Further Optimization

Now, there is a way to make the game run much better, but it comes at a huge visual cost in my opinion. As covered in my detailed PC optimization guide for Palworld, if you set Shadows to Low, the game turns them off, and the game looks incredibly flat. This change, however, makes the game run at a locked 30 FPS.

Palworld on Steam Deck - Shadows Low
Palworld on Steam Deck – Shadows Low

We hope this guide was helpful, and that you were able to improve your Palworld experience on the Steam Deck. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below.

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