Valve has not yet provided official verification for The Inquisitor on the Steam Deck, but after several hours of gameplay, I can confirm that the game is fully playable in its portable version.
The compression of screenshots from the Steam Deck is quite painful – the game looks better in motion.
The title is characterized by relatively high hardware requirements and only average optimization. However, with the basic graphic settings, it can be enjoyed even on the Steam Deck. The developers have included support for Nvidia DLSS 2 and AMD FSR 2.0 image scaling technologies, enabling smooth gameplay even on devices with very limited power.
The Inquisitor on the Steam Deck – optimized graphic settings
Don’t expect miracles and consider semi 30 frames per second as the baseline for smoothness. Generally, The Inquisitor maintains this rate even in highly detailed locations like markets or fishing ports, though minor hitches occur when traversing terrains.
The situation worsens when many side characters appear on the screen due to scripted events and during prayer, which acts like the witcher senses to highlight key terrain elements – here, performance can drop to around 20-25 FPS. These are usually very calm activities without combat or other agility elements, so I was able to enjoy the game without much irritation.
My recommended graphics settings:
- Resolution: 1280×800
- Graphical Quality: Custom
- Lighting Quality: Low
- Shadow Quality: Low
- Mesh Quality: Low
- Texture Quality: Medium
- Upscaling: Balanced (FSR 2)
- Crowd Destiny: Low
There are no huge visual differences between various details, but the significantly reduced crowd density is most noticeable. This setting greatly affects game performance, and with it reduced to the minimum, the streets are very empty. AMD FSR 2 scaling in balanced mode offers very acceptable image sharpness on a small screen and doesn’t significantly deviate from native resolution.
It’s worth mentioning that the Steam Deck operates at full capacity almost all the time, which also affects battery life – for the standard version, the estimated gameplay time on a full charge is 1.5 hours, and a bit over 2 hours for the OLED version.
Lastly, The Inquisitor supports full gamepad functionality, the ability to adjust subtitle size and cloud save features.
The Inquisitor release date
The Inquisitor will debut on February 8th 2024 on PC, Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.