Enable FSR on the Steam Deck

The Steam Deck is great, but it still feels like a bit of a ongoing work† The good news is that it is indeed the case progressed since its release. Valve’s updates added much-requested features and new compatibility, and one of those updates helped improve performance and visual quality with the introduction of AMD’s Fidelity FX Super Resolution, or FSR.

If you’re having trouble balancing a usable frame rate and acceptable resolution for your favorite games – especially when playing on a monitor – the Steam Deck’s FSR compatibility can make a huge difference.

If you want to get the most out of your Steam Deck, here’s how to enable FSR.

What exactly is FSR on the Steam Deck?

FSR is an AMD technology that stands for FidelityFX Super Resolution, with the latest version being FSR 2.0. Basically, it works to upscale and optimize the resolution of your games so that they can run in greater detail without compromising frame rate too much. That’s mainly useful for a system like the Steam Deck, which may struggle to achieve higher resolutions for certain games, especially if you’re connected to a monitor for a larger screen. Valve has even reported that using FSR can significantly save battery life for the Steam Deck for certain games.

Some games have built-in support for FSR, but on the Steam Deck, FSR can be turned on in the settings to help with all the games you play on the system. Here’s what to do.

Enable FSR on the Steam Deck

Step 1: While in a game you want to optimize, press the QAM (Quick Access Menu) button on the Steam Deck. That’s the “…” button on the right.

Step 2: Scroll down the menu until you see the . reaches Performance section, indicated by the battery icon.

Go to the Deck Performance menu.

Step 3: In the Performance section, select the Advanced View option to see all possible functions.

Step 4: Scroll down until you get to the Scale filter slider. Slide it all the way to the right to the setting that says FSR

The scale filter in the steam deck.

Step 5: Note that directly below this section there is an option for: FSR sharpness† For now, you can make the most of it. You may want to come back to this slider and play around with it later, especially if you’re having issues with the frame rate in the game you’re scaling.

Step 6: You’re not quite done yet. To enable FSR, open your in-game menu and look for an option to set the resolution, usually in the video or graphics section (you can see below in Half-life 2† Set the resolution significantly lower than the original or default level, preferably 720p or lower. You have to drop the resolution for the deck to recognize the situation and activate FSR. Now you should be ready to play.

The Steam Deck menu for Half Life 2.

Step 7: If you don’t notice any resolution changes at the same frame rate, check your screen settings. Try toggling full screen mode on and off to see if that helps. Keep in mind that you may also need to play around with your resolution settings. FSR sometimes works best for increasing your frame rate and sometimes for increasing resolution, and the best results often depend on the game you’re playing.

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