Best Steam Deck Settings for Sons of the Forest

Get a smooth experience on your Steam Deck with these settings!

Umer Cheema
Umer Cheema
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After years of waiting – and countless delays – Sons of the Forest is finally out, and it is just as amazing as everyone hoped. Since the Steam Deck is also out, many players were wondering what the best Steam Deck settings for Sons of the Forest are.

Keep in mind that if you decide to use Very High or High settings, you will notice that there are a lot of FPS drops. This is especially true if you are exploring the island in high foliage areas. To counter this issue, we have mentioned the best Steam Deck settings for Sons of the Forest so that you have a smooth experience.

Sons of the Forest: Best Steam Deck Settings For Increased FPS

We have mentioned all the graphics settings that you need to adjust in order to get a stable FPS and run the game smoothly. Keep in mind that you will have to adjust the settings between Low and Medium. Anything higher than that will cause your FPS to drop and lag the game occasionally.

The good news is that this game is well-optimized for the Steam Deck. You can play it without any issues and have a great time.


Image Credits: Deck Wizard
FullscreenExclusive Fullscreen
Vsync30 Hz
Max FPS60
Brightness0.50-0.75 (Your preference)

If you want to get a smooth 60 FPS experience, make sure that you keep your Vsync to 30 Hz and the max FPS to 60. This will allow for a stable experience that you will enjoy.


Image Credits: Deck Wizard
Quality PresetCustom
Draw DistanceUltra Low
Ambient OcclusionOff
Fog QualityOff
Anisotropic TexturesOff
Shadow QualityUltra Low
Parallax DistanceLow
Billboard QualityLow
Texture QualityEighth
Anti AliasingOff
Dynamic ResolutionFSR 1.0
Dynamic Resolution Target60
Screen Space ReflectionOff
Motion BlurOff
Micro ShadowingOn
Contact ShadowsOn
Chromatic AberrationOn
Film GrainOff (Your Preference)
Color GradeDefault

Should You Play Sons of the Forest on the Steam Deck?

Now that we have mentioned all the best settings for the game, the next question is: should you play Sons of the Forest on the Steam Deck? Yes, you can play the game on the Steam Deck without any issues. However, if you prefer to make the game look extremely beautiful and have a long draw distance, the Deck version isn’t for you.

If you don’t mind the low graphics and effects, you can have a fun time exploring the island and building your shelter. The game is extremely fun, especially if you consider the portability factor.


That’s everything you need to know about the best Steam Deck settings for Sons of the Forest. As you can see in the setting above, you can get a stable 50-60 FPS with these settings. The game feels amazing and runs smoothly as well.

Keep in mind that there will be slight drops here and there but nothing that you will notice a lot. This is especially true in high foliage areas and if you have built a lot of things around you.

What are your thoughts on the game so far? Are you going to play it on the Steam Deck? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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By day, Umer loves writing about games and talking about them; by night, he is an avid gamer that loves playing League of Legends and RTS games. Being a massive fan of Metal Gear Solid, you'll find Umer always praising the legendary Hideo Kojima.
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