Dredge on Steam Deck Performance
Dredge is out here making my job very easy. Performance out of the box is solid and consistent on Steam Deck. Even with shadows and reflections on, Dredge rarely drops enough frames for it to be enough of an issue.
Dredge feels like it’s been optimized with the Steam Deck in mind. GPU usage reaches around 54 percent, which leaves plenty of space available for when it’s needed. For comparison, Resident Evil 4 frequently sits at 97 percent when it comes to GPU usage. They’re different games for sure, but Dredge shows how optimizing GPU usage results in stable and fluid performance.
Dredge also doesn’t chug battery juice. The battery drain averages out at around 10.2 watts, meaning you can get roughly three hours of usage at a TDP setting of 10.
Dredge on Steam Deck Settings
Due to how Dredge performs on Steam Deck, there’s no reason to change any of the default in-game settings.
The only potential barriers were the anti-aliasing, shadow quality, and reflections – all of which work turned on or set to high with little to no frame drops.
There really is no reason to change anything aside from the TDP setting. By default, the Steam Deck outputs at 15, but the full 15 isn’t needed at all. Whack it down to 10 and you won’t need to worry about the fan whirring loudly and you’ll save a decent amount of battery.
|Dredge (In-game Settings)|
|Screen Mode||Borderless Window|
|Steam Deck Settings (Quick Access Menu)|
|TDP: 10||Estimated Battery Life: 3 Hours|
|Docked Mode Resolution: 1280×700||FSR: ON (Docked Mode)|
|GPU Usage: 54%||Temperature: 54 degrees|
|Fills the Entire Steam Deck Screen||Yes|
|Performance Rating: 4/5|
Bugs and Issues
Honestly? There aren’t any bugs or issues worth noting. It’s smooth sailing throughout.
Dredge is part sailing sim, part horror game, and the result is truly something you won’t be expecting. It’s relaxing, but frequently sails into unfamiliar territory that’s sure to keep the player wondering what’s next.
On Steam Deck, it’s one of those verified titles that easily justifies its certification. Performance is as smooth as a slack tide and visually Dredge is like the morning sun bouncing off untroubled water.
Dredge is a unique experience that comes easy to recommend. Just be warned, like the monger you frequent, there’s something fishy in these waters.
All images captured on Steam Deck. Review code provided by Team17.