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Is Alone in the Dark Steam Deck compatible?

With admirable performance on Valve's pocket powerhouse, we've got the best settings for you to use while playing Alone in the Dark on Steam Deck.

Alone in the Dark Steam Deck layed over an image of Emily Hartwood and Edward Carnby

Is Alone in the Dark Steam Deck compatible? The Steam Deck is a goldmine for single-player games, and Alone in the Dark is yet another well-optimized title that you can add to the library. This survival horror game will require multiple playthroughs to fully appreciate, and Valve’s handheld is a great way to play it.

The Alone in the Dark system requirements make for light work on one of the best handheld gaming PCs in the Steam Deck, and if you’re using an OLED, you can also benefit from HDR gameplay.

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Is Alone in the Dark Steam Deck compatible?

Alone in the Dark is yet to be rated for the Steam Deck by Valve. However, we expect it to earn either a playable or verified rating based on our testing so far.

Rarely will a game be rated ahead of its launch, and this is largely due to late development optimizations that are required to have a game pass Valve’s testing requirements.

Best Alone in the Dark settings for Steam Deck

We’ve been testing Alone in the Dark on Steam Deck in the weeks leading up to launch and are happy to say that it runs incredibly well on the Steam Deck OLED when using the Proton Hotfix compatibility tool.

Here are the best Alone in the Dark settings for Steam Deck:

  • FSR: Quality
  • Resolution: 1280×800
  • VSync: On
  • Frame Rate: 60
  • Volumetric Quality: Medium
  • Ambient Occlusion: Medium
  • View Distance: Medium
  • Detail Setting: Medium
  • Particle Quality: Medium
  • Screen Space Reflections: Medium
  • Subsurface Scattering: Medium
  • Shadow Quality: Medium
  • Post-Processing: Medium
  • Texture Quality: Medium
  • Anti-Aliasing: Medium
  • Shader Quality: Medium
  • Effect Quality: Medium
  • Foliage Quality: Medium
  • Anisotropic Filtering: x2

The above settings produce a really solid and stable 60fps, which is all you need for a single-play survival horror game on Steam Deck. Performance prior to the day one patch was far worse, with global low presets and a 30fps cap being needed to get playable gameplay.

Thankfully, the latest optimizations made for launch have allowed for 60fps on medium settings, which is the perfect balance of visual fidelity and performance. With these settings, you will be using around 5.7GB of the Deck’s 8GB VRAM.

If you’re playing on the Steam Deck OLED, you may be tempted to enable HDR in the display menu before playing, but this currently doesn’t work. Instead, you have to wait until you have started the game and then enable it, otherwise the option will automatically switch itself off.

Within the display menu, there are also some other options that you may want to tweak, but here are the selections we made:

  • High Dynamic Range: On (in-game only, OLED Deck)
  • Chromatic Aberration: On
  • Depth of Field: On
  • Field of View: 90
  • Motion Blur: Low

Alone in the Dark drew around 18w during gameplay and utilized an average of 40% CPU and 80% GPU resources, although this varied depending on what was happening in-game.

If you want to know how to get the best experience out of the game on PC, check out our best Alone in the Dark settings guide for the desktop version.