Steam Deck might be the best way to play Disney Dreamlight Valley

A woman in a straw hat waters pumpkins with the help of the robot Wall-E.

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The recently released multi-platform life-sim, Dreamlight Valleyit is little Animal crossinga little bit Stardew Valley, and lots of Disney. It’s also the kind of game you might want to play while watching a TV show, multitasking with a handheld console. But while it was released on the Switch, this version isn’t great. Fortunately, Dreamlight Valley works great on Steam Deck with a few tweaks. Just be ready to charge your Steam Deck before playing.

Don’t worry about what Steam says, it works

Steam currently lists Dreamlight Valleycompatibility with Steam Deck as “Unknown”, which is not surprising. This means that the game has not yet been tested by Valve for compatibility. Now, a question mark and the lack of a verified check mark might scare you off, but don’t worry. After the game Dreamlight Valley For a few hours on Valve’s lovely laptop, I found the experience to be on par with most other playable and verifiable titles.

However, you may need to change your library filters to actually find and install it. Just change the filter using the X button and change it to show all games, even unknown and unsupported ones. Then you should be able to see Dreamlight Valleyassuming you own it.

With a few tweaks, this is a great way to play

Dreamlight Valley On Steam Deck it’s a good experience right off the bat, but with a few tweaks, you can greatly improve how it plays. Before any changes, the game runs at a constant 60 fps. Definitely playable, but can be improved.

First, change the resolution to 1280×720 (Dreamlight does not support the Deck’s native 1280×800 resolution). Leave it at 60Hz and reduce all graphics settings to medium. Don’t bother with the Display Mode setting as when I did that it closed the game on Steam Deck every time. But with these settings, you will notice a nice improvement in framerate stability. You can also drop the texture quality from default to low, as the Deck’s small screen does a good job of hiding the quality drop. But in my time with the game, it wasn’t a necessary tweak.

Read more: 27 Things I Wish I Knew Before Playing Disney Dreamlight Valley

Once you have Dreamlight Valley works well in Steam Deck, you can also take advantage of the touchscreen, allowing you to easily move items around in your inventory and chests. If you’re like me and like to rearrange these spaces often, playing on Steam Deck is fantastic compared to using a console controller. I find the game’s inventory management time-consuming and awkward on a gamepad, especially compared to the Deck’s mouse or touchscreen.

If you’re just logging in to check out the shop, mine and plant more crops, the Steam Deck is perfect. Lately I’ve been spending an hour every night playing a little bit Dreamlight Valley while watching Taskmaster or random YouTube videos.

Charge your Steam Deck thoroughly first

When testing battery-draining games on Steam Deck, Dreamlight Valley not the worst offender, not even close. But it drains the Deck faster than I expected. I guess all that Disney magic doesn’t come for free, huh?

Using the settings I shared earlier and without tweaking the system’s battery settings, it looks like a fully charged Steam Deck can play for about two and a half to three hours, depending on what you’re doing in the game. Of course, setting changes can affect battery life, but don’t expect much more than three hours.

In short, with a few minor modifications, Dreamlight Valley it’s great on deck. In fact, it might just be the best way to play this new slice-of-life game, especially if you’re someone who likes to multitask or prefers to chill out on the patio when playing. Just make sure to charge your Deck first.

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