GTA V – Steam Deck Best Settings for Optimal Graphics and Performance

Grand Theft Auto franchise is the type of game that needs no introduction. The GTA V alone sold billions of copies and dominated the open-world shooting games, and even after its release almost a decade ago, people are still playing this game. GTA V has made it to almost every gaming platform except for mobile. Yet it doesn’t mean that you can’t play this game anywhere, anytime, as it has released on handheld gaming consoles like Steam Deck as well.

Want to play it on the go? Let’s share the best game settings to play GTA V on Steam Deck. These settings are according to the GTA V game requirements to maintain the most optimal gaming experience.

GTA V Best Settings for Steam Deck

Windows ModeFullscreen
DirectX Version11
Population Density50%
Population Variety100%
Distance ScalingMaximum
Texture QualityHigh
Shader QualityNormal
Shadow QualityON
Reflection QualityNormal
Reflection MSAAOFF
Water QualityNormal
Particles QualityNormal
Grass QualityNormal
Soft ShadowsSoft
Anisotropic FilteringX2
Ambient OcclusionNormal

If you’re looking for a perfect blend of performance quality and better battery life, we recommend following the settings below. These settings will maintain the quality of graphics, allowing you to achieve 40 to 50 FPS at 720p resolution on medium settings.

GTA V on Steam Deck

The settings mentioned above will not affect cut scenes in any sense as they are pre-rendered. However, if you are still experiencing GTA V crashing on Steam Deck. This issue might occur due to Steam Deck overheating or due to varying processing speeds as well.

TCG Recommended Settings

TDP Limit17
Refresh Rate60
FPS Limit60
GPU ClockDisabled

In our experience, the above-mentioned hardware settings would get you the best GTA V gameplay experience on Steam Deck. Hence, we recommend you set the following settings for a balanced performance and battery-saving concept.

Estimated Battery Usage

Temperature70-78 Celcius
TDP11-18 W
Estimated Playtime1.5-2 hours

We recommend playing GTA V on Steam Deck while charging. However, if you want to play the game on battery life, then there is no limit to TDP consumption. Even if you have disabled the GPU clock, the battery will drain pretty quickly while playing GTA V on Steam Deck. We will update the stats after gathering reviews from the community to share their experience.

Final Words

If you are trying to run the game and it gets stuck on a black screen for a while, then we suggest applying these tricks for fixing Steam Deck freezing while gaming. Although restarting the game might do the trick. And that’s about it. If you have any questions, let us know in the comments to suggest how was your experience with GTA V on Steam Deck.


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