Can The Steam Deck Run Crysis? Sort Of
Posted On April 26, 2022
Every new gaming PC has to answer an age-old question after it is first revealed: Can it run Crysis? For Valve’s new Steam Deck handheld system, I’d say the answer is yes, sort of.
In a new report by Digital Foundry, the video game benchmarking group installed Crytek’s classic–and originally badly optimized for PC–2007 first-person shooter, discovering that it was virtually unplayable on the handheld. Testing saw the game boot up into an infinite loading screen, keeping the game stuck in limbo for eternity or until the Steam Deck battery runs dry.
For Crysis Remastered, it’s a different story. Digital Foundry ran the latest edition of the game at almost 60 frames-per-second under handheld-optimized settings. The team wanted to put the Steam Deck through the Crysis crucible though and applied the optional “Can It Run Crysis” graphical setting to see how the hardware performed. That naturally dropped frame rates down dramatically, while other visual compromises popped up on the resource-constrained hardware.
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Author: Darryn Bonthuys