Sq. Enix surprise-launched Ultimate Fantasy VII Remake on Steam during its 25th anniversary livestream, and it leaned closely on the truth that the sport is Steam Deck Verified. For good cause, too. Ultimate Fantasy VII Remake is over two years outdated, and it’s solely been obtainable on PC by means of the Epic Video games Retailer for six months.
I bit the bullet and acquired the sport for a 3rd time to reply one query: Is it price spending $70 once more simply to play Ultimate Fantasy VII Remake on the Steam Deck? It’s a strong model of the sport, a lot better than I anticipated it to be, nevertheless it nonetheless has one main flaw that I hope Sq. Enix addresses in a future replace.
Ultimate Fantasy VII Remake is all about fluid fight, so I used to be instantly apprehensive in regards to the Steam Deck model once I noticed it defaulted to a 30 frames-per-second (fps) cap. Fortunately, it appears Sq. Enix was being conservative. I used to be capable of get by means of the primary mission and the Scorpion Sentinel boss fight whereas principally staying at 60 fps.
I didn’t get there with out tweaks, although, and sadly, Ultimate Fantasy VII Remake doesn’t provide you with very a lot room to compromise. You will have two graphics settings — shadow high quality and texture high quality — they usually every solely have two choices. I needed to bump each right down to Low to get the sleek 60 fps. At Excessive, which is the default, the sport hovered within the 40 fps vary.
As you possibly can see within the comparability above, these graphics choices do little or no to influence the look of the sport. They will enhance efficiency fairly a bit, however I used to be comfortable to show each right down to hit a better body fee. I wasn’t completely locked at 60 fps — a degree I’ll tackle later — however the body fee drops haven’t damage the expertise thus far.
Ultimate Fantasy VII Remake performs nice on the Steam Deck, nevertheless it’s nonetheless clear you’re getting a lot less fidelity than you’d get on the PS4 (not to mention the PS5). It appears to be like nice in movement, the place you’ll spend most of your time, nevertheless it’s clear that there are some cutbacks in high quality when you stare at character fashions for too lengthy.
All the pieces appears to be like a bit too fundamental. Take Cloud’s face above for example. There’s an impression of extra element, however that element isn’t there. That’s much more clear on Jessie’s face within the background, which settles right into a blurry uncanny valley. The backgrounds seem like they’ve extra element, actually, which was in all probability a wise compromise. When the character fashions are transferring, even exterior of fight, these particulars are arduous to make out on the Steam Deck’s display.
The excellent news is that these lower-resolution property don’t present up within the recreation’s many cutscenes. There’s much more element in cutscenes, so until you cease and actually search for issues, you in all probability gained’t discover them.
The largest concern with Ultimate Fantasy VII Remake on Steam Deck is the decision. You is perhaps shocked to search out out that it’s not too low — it’s truly too excessive. Whereas 720p is the minimal decision you possibly can set, for some cause, Sq. Enix lets you set the decision far above 4K on the Steam Deck.
You will have AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) constructed into the Steam Deck, so enabling it with a decrease decision like 540p would massively assist clean out the body fee. It’s pretty constant, however the recreation nonetheless dropped into the 40-fps vary with large slam assaults from Scorpion Sentinel and when transitioning into fight.
Decrease resolutions are all of the extra necessary contemplating how few graphics choices Ultimate Fantasy VII Remake has. I’ve solely performed the primary couple of hours on the Steam Deck, however I think about there will probably be body fee dips properly under 60 fps later within the recreation. FSR would assist loads there contemplating you don’t have a lot bandwidth to enhance efficiency within the graphics settings alone.
Nonetheless, I’m actually proud of Ultimate Fantasy VII Remake on Steam Deck. I anticipated it to run terribly, nevertheless it doesn’t. This can be a clean expertise with sensible compromises, and I’m excited to complete my journey by means of Midgar for a 3rd time on Valve’s handheld gaming PC.