If, like me, you rushed to install Red Dead Redemption 2 on your Steam Deck, only to find it running at a disappointingly low speed, a fix has arrived to alleviate that.
According to Playing on Linux (opens in new tab)Rock stars games (opens in new tab) was included as part of a Proton update, which allows multiple games to run on SteamOS from the Steam Deck, alongside Linux PCs with an AMD GPU.
O comment on this update (opens in new tab) describes a memory leak, which is where an application erroneously uses too much memory on a device, slowing everything down.
Expect this fix to arrive as part of the next SteamOS update, but it might arrive sooner if you’re in the Beta channel, found in the Settings menu.
The fast pace of updates
I’m only fifteen days away from getting my Steam Deck, and it’s already one of the best purchases I’ve made in recent years. It’s already replaced my PS Vita that I carried in my bag for the commute, so being able to play Resident Evil 2 Remake, Outer Wilds and Tomb Raider Legend on the train is a sight to behold.
However, seeing Red Dead Redemption 2 play at full speed is a bigger sight, and it makes me excited for what future Steam Deck models might bring.
I have to keep reminding myself, though, that it’s not a portable – it’s a PC, and so it’s constantly being updated by Valve to bring improvements and fixes to games that were sluggish before.
To highlight this fast pace of updates, Valve has already released another that allows you (opens in new tab) to load custom startup animations for when you turn on the Steam Deck – so if you want to have an Xbox animation, just put it in a folder.
While all this is going on, I installed a 1TB microSD card to put more games in, but I can’t help but wish other games would find a way to work on the Steam Deck. From DragonBall FighterZ to Destiny 2 and Fortnite, they all have a built-in anti-cheat system that prevents the Deck from making them playable.
I hope there is a way, thanks to Valve and the developers involved someday. But for now, there’s a lot to love about this portable PC, and its best days are clearly ahead.