Disney Dreamlight Valley on Steam Deck Settings

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Can You Play Disney Dreamlight Valley on Steam Deck? 

Yes, and the performance-wise it’s very playable in both handheld and docked modes.

Disney Dreamlight Valley on Steam Deck Performance

Screenshot of Disney Dreamlight Valley running on Steam Deck with my custom settings.Screenshot of Disney Dreamlight Valley running on Steam Deck with high settings.

Performance in Disney Dreamlight Valley is a mixed bag. Indoors you can get a steady 60 frames per second, but doing anything outside can cause the framerate to plummet. 

Currently, I’ve got it running at around the 45 frames mark, with highs reaching 55 and lows hitting 36. It’s not a major issue by any means, but if you’re expecting a smooth 60, that ain’t happening yet. 

Your options really boil down to 45 with good graphics, or around the 30s with super-nice graphics. Though if you go for the latter, expect dips below 30 fairly often. 

One of the big settings that make the difference is the resolution scale. By default, with the setting set to one, characters look a little blurry on the Steam Deck’s 800p screen. When hooked up to a TV, this is less of a problem due to FSR upscaling, but if you’re playing in handheld mode it’s definitely worth upping that to at least 1.5 to get the visuals nice and crisp.

Overall everything chugs along nicely, though. The framerate could be smoother, but it’s still very playable 45 frames. Plus the art direction helps to keep the game feeling full of life and fresh, so the lack of a smooth 60 isn’t a dealbreaker. 

Disney Dreamlight Valley Steam Deck Settings

The settings below are designed to keep the game around the 45-frames-per-second mark. It will dip, and it will go higher. That’s just the nature of this version of the game. It’s not steady. Still, as mentioned, it’s not a dealbreaker. It works and performs well enough that gameplay can safely take centerstage.

One area that is somewhat maddening is the lack of fullscreen. When you first boot up Disney Dreamlight Valley on Steam Deck, it will fill the entire screen. But should you wish to change a setting, the resolution will default down to 1280×720. To get it back to 1280×800, and in turn fill the screen, you need to uninstall the game and reinstall it. 

It’s a minor gripe in the grand scheme of things, but it irks nevertheless. 

All that said, it’s worth keeping in mind Disney Dreamlight Valley is an Early Access game, so it’s not expected to work perfectly just yet, and all of these issues could very well be fixed in future updates. 

Disney Dreamlight Valley (In-game Settings)
Display Mode
Full Screen
Resolution 1280×720
Resolution Scale 1.5
Refresh Rate 60 hz
Graphics Preset PC Medium
Shadow Resolution PC Low
Distance Quality PC Medium
Texture Quality Default
V-Sync On
Steam Deck Settings (Quick Access Menu)
TDP: 10 (40-60 frames) Estimated Battery Life: 2 Hours
Docked Mode Resolution: 1280×700 FSR: On (Docked Mode)
GPU Usage: 80% Temperature: 65 degrees
Extra Info
Fills the Entire Steam Deck Screen No
Valve Grading Verified
Performance Rating: 3/5

Issues Overview

I’ve been playing Disney Dreamlight Valley since launch and I’ve seen many of its bugs and glitches fall by the wayside with each subsequent patch. 

That’s not to say it’s a bug-free experience, and as a live service game there’s every chance further bugs could be introduced with each update. But at the time of writing? It holds up really well, and bugs and glitches aren’t a major concern. 

Games Like Disney Dreamlight Valley

  • Animal Crossing
  • The Sims
  • Stardew Valley


Screenshot of Disney Dreamlight Valley with the Steam Deck performance overlay turned to four.

Disney Dreamlight Valley remains one of the most-played games on Steam Deck and for good reason. The gameplay loop of making Disney friends and tending to your village is something that players can sink hundreds of hours in before they come up for air. Who doesn’t want to go gem hunting with Scar from Lion King while Donald Duck has a breakdown in the background? 

Performance isn’t perfect, but for an Early Access game that’s this satisfying to play, living with a shaky 45 frames is a dealable trade-off.

And let’s face it, the most important thing is this: The main game is as enjoyable on the Steam Deck as it is on PC and console, and that’s all that really matters.

Wesley Copeland
Wesley Copeland

Wesley Copeland is a gaming, tech, and toys journalist with over 10 years of experience writing online. Originally starting in video games before specializing in tech and toys, you can find his bylines at IGN, VG24/7, Kotaku, Tech Radar, Games Radar, PC Gamer, Heavy, and many more. He's also highly passionate about how tech can be used to better our day-to-day lives.