Since the launch of Valve’s handheld, the Steam Deck, gamers have been curious about how it fares with AAA titles. One of the latest games to enter this evaluation is “Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon,” a high-octane, mecha-based combat game that will likely become a hit among PC and Console gamers. So, how well does this game run on the Steam Deck, and what adjustments are necessary to achieve a stable 40 FPS? Let’s explore.
For this performance test, we used the Steam Deck with the following specifications:
- Custom AMD APU, RDNA 2 architecture
- 512 GB SSD internal storage
- 1280×800 resolution
Graphics Settings to Achieve 40 FPS
After multiple runs and tweaking several parameters, we concluded that the following settings will allow you to hit that sweet spot of 40 FPS:
Even with these optimized settings, the game still appeared visually impressive on the Steam Deck’s 7-inch display. The impact of downscaling was barely noticeable, and the quality of the textures amply compensated for other compromises. Overall, the gameplay continued to be both fluid and responsive.
As with many graphically demanding titles, the battery life on the Steam Deck takes a hit while playing Armored Core 6 Fires of Rubicon. In our tests, the device managed to offer approximately 90 minutes of continuous gameplay on a single charge. While this isn’t a marathon by any means, it’s a reasonable expectation for high-quality, portable gaming on a machine this powerful.
For those looking to dive into the intense mech battles of Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon on the go, the Steam Deck proves to be a formidable platform. With a few compromises in graphics settings, you can achieve a stable and smooth 40 FPS gameplay experience, making it a viable option for gamers who prioritize performance and portability.