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Steam Deck games take just “a second or two” to load when resumed from sleep

Do PCs finally have an answer to Xbox Quick Resume with the Steam Deck? Durante, creator of the Dark Souls DSFix mod, thinks it's a possibility.

Someone using a Steam Deck in the back of a car, playing Factorio

As fast as the best SSDs for gaming are at quickly getting you back into the best PC games, they still can’t best the Xbox Series consoles and PS5’s ability to jump right back into a game right where you left off. However, the Steam Deck’s ‘Fast Suspend / Resume’ feature could be just what gaming PCs have been waiting for, taking just “a second or two” to get you back into the action.

According to Peter “Durante” Thoman, the Steam Deck’s “suspend / resume got way faster in the last system update. It’s now literally a second or two”. When asked how stable the feature is, Durante transparently replied that while they’re “not running the tests you’d need to do (i.e. suspending/resuming 100s of games all the time), I can say that since the update that made it fast, it has worked 100% of the time for me”.

They also observed “how generally, ‘better’ (Windows) ports run much better in Proton on Deck, even if they are more demanding games”, citing that Valkyria Chronicles 4 runs “perfectly” with super sampling set to 150%.

Durante was responsible for the creation of the DSFix mod, which addressed many of the issues found in the notorious PC port of Dark Souls. Since then, they’ve formed PH3 Games, a company that specialises in delivering PC ports. Needless to say, there’s no reason to doubt their findings here.

It’s unclear whether this particular feature will be possible on rigs with larger form factors, when Valve releases SteamOS 3 at some point in the near future. However, it’s functionality like this that could see many users trade the premium and performance problems of Windows 11 for Linux, and even create a boom in open-source PC gaming.