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Alien Isolation Steam Deck Performance
Alien Isolation runs at 60 frames per second on Steam Deck for around 90 percent of the time. Why 90 percent? That’s because no matter what you do, there will be times when the framerate plummets.
The lowest I got was 37 frames, with the average in busy areas being 45. Totally playable, of course, but something to be aware of.
No amount of tinkering I did was able to keep things at a smooth 60 all the time. I tried dropping everything down as low as it’ll go, but the gain was only around five frames on average, so I don’t really think it’s worth going to that extreme.
Still, mostly 60 and occasionally 45 is more than playable, and Alien Isolation looks stunning on the Steam Deck’s screen. The atmosphere is gripping and the dulled color palette truly brings the misery-filled world to life.
The only major problem is the poor anti-aliasing tech. There isn’t a magic in-game setting to fix this either. You can, however, install the Alias Isolation mod which completely removes most jagged edges.
I made a full guide here, complete with pictures to guide you, but to install it on Steam Deck head into the Alien Isolation folder and move all of its contents to a newly created folder. Then move the Alias Isolation files into the original Alien Isolation folder and rename the launch file to that of the main Alien Isolation file.
Then when you load Alien Isolation as normal through Steam on the Steam Deck, it’ll launch Alias Isolation first and let you specify where you moved the original launch file to. Hit launch and Alien Isolation will now load with Alias Isolation implemented.
Installing Alias Isolation isn’t required to enjoy the game, but I cannot recommend it enough. It takes what is already a stellar game and makes it even better.
Alien Isolation Steam Deck Settings
You can get by with everything set to Ultra but I wouldn’t recommend doing so. The reason being, when the framerate drops, it’s felt even more when everything is set to Ultra. By dropping down to High, you still get stunning graphics and crisp gameplay, but the drops are much easier to manage.
I’d also wager most couldn’t tell the difference between High and Ultra anyway. We’re running the game at 800p on the Steam Deck, so that extra clarity isn’t exactly noticeable unless you’re hooked up to a really good monitor.
Elsewhere, Alien Isolation runs at an average temperature and doesn’t completely fill the GPU. The battery drain is pretty solid as well. Especially given how complex this game is.
|Alien Isolation (In-game Settings)|
|Level of Detail||High|
|Shadow Map Resolution||2048|
|Depth of Field||On|
|Texture Filtering||Anisotropic 16x|
|Steam Deck Settings (Quick Access Menu)|
|TDP: 10||Estimated Battery Life: 2 Hours 30 Minutes|
|Docked Mode Resolution: 1280×720||FSR: On (Docked Mode)|
|GPU Usage: 80%||Temperature: 60 degrees|
|Fills the Entire Steam Deck Screen||No|
|Performance Rating: 3/5|
Bugs and Issues
During my playthrough, I didn’t suffer a single crash, which honestly surprised me. Normally with AAA games there’s at least one area where the game struggles and a crash ensues. But that didn’t happen here. Everything worked as it should with minimal issues.
The biggest problem, as mentioned, is the lack of an advanced anti-aliasing method. But, as also mentioned, the Alias Isolation mod fixes that problem for those who are happy to do some prior tinkering.
Alien Isolation remains one of the best Alien games out there. And with mods available to make it look as sharp as possible or remove the Alien to let players enjoy the atmosphere without the frights, I can’t think of a reason people shouldn’t play Alien Isolation on Steam Deck.
It’s creepy, engrossing, horrifying, and satisfying all in equal measures. Plus with killer performance and visuals on Steam Deck, this is the best way to play Alien Isolation on the go.
All screenshots captured on Steam Deck.