Have you ever wondered if you can achieve 4K resolution and 60 FPS while playing on the Steam Deck? Well, apparently it is possible. Of course, the result has a trick, and that is that an inconvenient process is required to get it. This has been proven by youtuber ETA Prime, which in a video shows step by step how to achieve this. Spoiler: It’s not easy…nor cheap.
The video uploaded to the channel ETA Premier It lasts 10 minutes. Meanwhile, we see the man successfully connect a Radeon RX 6900 XT video card to the M.2 port of the device. This was achieved by removing the SSD drive from the Steam Deck and replacing it with the card.
ETA Prime points out that, although it has tried to use Nvidia cards of different generations, none managed to work with the Steam Deck. This left him with the only option of using a Radeon card. Of course, the Radeon RX 6900 XT had to be connected to an adapter with which it was possible to connect it to the console. In addition, an external power supply was required to power the video card.
This is how ETA Prime described its ingenious invention. Of course, this takes away from the grace of the Steam Deck, which is to be a PC video game portable. However, demonstrates customization capabilities that exist with this interesting device. “It’s definitely overkill,” ETA Prime says in its video.
Once the SSD was removed, ETA Prime proceeded to power up the console using a copy of Windows 11 installed on a microSD. However, the games used in the test were installed on an external SSD connected to the Steam Deck via a USB-C port.
After all that, he connected the Steam Deck to a monitor and turned it on. In this way, managed to run The Witcher III: Wild Hunt at 4K with all settings on Ultra. As for the frames per second, the tests show that it remained around 108 FPS, an impressive result. Grand Theft Auto Vfor its part, managed to reach 70 FPS on the Steam Deck with the graphics set to “Very High”.
Unfortunately, the graphics card failed to exploit its full potential during testing. The reason is clear, and it is that the console’s internal processor is bottlenecking with the video cardwhich severely limits the performance that more modern titles can achieve.
For this reason, games like Cyberpunk 2077 they only reached between 40 and 80 FPS at maximum settings at 1080p. The same configuration was used in the new version Ring of Eldenand in this case, the Steam Deck managed to average around 46 FPS.
The flexibility of Steam Deck
Valve’s Steam Deck turned out to be quite multifaceted. Almost a month ago he was released Support for Xbox Cloud Gaming through Microsoft Edge on the console, and recently Valve released the console drivers so you can install Windows without problems.
Valve hadn’t had much luck with consoles and gadgets released in the past. However, it seems that on this occasion they put their heartsand the results show it like this.