Step into a beautifully dystopian world in Stray, the immersive adventure game where you navigate a futuristic city as a lost cat. In this guide, we'll unlock the secrets to optimizing your Steam Deck settings for Stray for great gaming at your fingertips.
Stray Best Steam Deck Settings
|UMA Frame Buffer Size||4G|
Stray works great out of the box. No pre-launch tinkering necessary! However, as always, when playing newer games I recommend increasing the UMA Frame Buffer Size to 4G in the BIOS. This guarantees up to 4G of the system's shared RAM goes to the GPU, which can help improve texture streaming in games with larger textures.
Balanced Settings (Native@40fps | ~2h30m)
My recommended settings try to strike a balance between graphics quality, performance, and battery life. From my experimenting, there's no combination of settings that can hit 60 frames per second in Stray without muddying the graphics up to the point of illegibility. Forcing a refresh rate limit of 40Hz in the Steam Deck performance menu is a good compromise, offering stable performance with decent smoothness. The difference between 60 and 40 fps is noticeable, but 40 is a sight better than 30 fps, which is what the PlayStation 4 Pro runs the game at.
Using the PS4 Pro as my point of reference, I put together this configuration of in-game and Steam Deck settings that provide a similar gaming experience on the Steam Deck. For even more frame time consistency, I dropped the resolution scaling to 90%, which is barely noticeable on the Steam Deck's 7-inch screen.
|Resolution||1280 x 800|
|Max Frame Rate||60|
|*Set to personal preference.|
|Steam Deck Performance Menu Settings|
|Half Rate Shading||Off|
|Thermal Power (TDP) Limit||Off|
|Manual GPU Clock Control||Off|