Valve’s newest portable gaming console is setting up some absolute benchmarks for handheld gaming consoles. With the accessibility to play some of the greatest game titles available on steam right after the initial release shows the tremendous capability of the steam deck to run the latest AAA titles.
And talking about AAA games, Forza Horizon 5 is at the top of the wishlist for many gamers to experience one of the best racing games on Steam Deck.
Although the Forza Horizon 5 currently is not under the steam deck verified games, one can still play Forza 5 with all the functionality. There are minor micro stutters which can be fixed with minor tweaks resulting in constant Frame rates & without any lag.
Optimal Settings for Constant 30 FPS
The major takeaway to run Forza Horizon 5 on the steam deck smoothly without any lag is to keep the Thermal Power Limit ( TDP ) to maximum which is 15.
Alongside, make sure to adjust the GPU clock frequency to 1600.
For scaling filtering, it’s better to keep it linear as you will eventually be playing most of the games on 720p.
|Resolution||1280 x 720|
|Frame Rates||30 FPS|
Most importantly, turning ON V-SYNC does help with all the micro-stutters and lag in between the gameplay. Therefore, make sure to cap the framerates at 30 and keep V-Sync on from video settings.
Coming to the graphics section, there aren’t many tweaks required except for lowering down the texture quality to minimum.
Honestly, you won’t see a significant amount of difference in playing the game in the lowest settings.
However, make sure to keep the shadow quality low instead of turning it OFF because the game does feel dull while turning OFF the shadows.
|Motion Blur Quality||LOW|
|Environmental Texture Quality||LOW|
|Environmental Geometry Quality||LOW|
|World Car Level of Detail||LOW|
|Deformable Terrain Quality||OFF|
It’s possible to play the game in 60FPS but there is a slightly noticeable lag in between gameplay. Otherwise, 30FPS is your way to go for a great gaming experience with consistent frames.