Steam Deck Essentials (All Handhelds)


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What Does This Mod Do?

- Compresses textures & files with a technique good for slower SD cards & HDD enabling better texture streaming, load times, & 1% lows
- Reduces texture size as to not exceed the Steam Deck's VRAM & to reduce bad frametimes caused by getting near it, improving 1% lows
- Increases fluidity of interactions & animations to 40fps, enabling a smoother experience
- Lowers settings not exposed in the menu & lowers existing settings in the menu further, improving both GPU & CPU perf. Increasing AVG FPS across the board

Disclaimer: You must switch to a different preset then back to the one you want in game for the changes to take effect after applying the ini tweaks 



1. Put the files inside "Starfield Directory" in Starfield's main game directory

2. Put the files inside "Documents" in your documents folder, the same folder where StarfieldPrefs.ini is

3. Delete your shader cache for Starfield in all locations (or the texture mod may cause your game to not render properly. If you do not know how to do this/won't then just install every tweak except the SDTexturesFull.ba2. If you've already done it and this happens then remove that file to uninstall it to fix the issue)

StarfieldCustom.ini Location

%USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Starfield

/home/deck/.local/share/Steam/steamapps/compatdata/1716740/pfx/drive_c/users/steamuser/Documents/My Games/Starfield

Starfield Directory Location

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Starfield

Shader Cache Locations

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\shadercache

Video Installation Guide


Recommended Mods To Install Alongside This Mod

Disk Cache Enabler (HDD & SDCard Perf Enhancement)

Weapon Swap Stuttering Fix


Additional Tips & Info

I recommend you setup CryoUtilities & set your VRAM to 4gb, it can give you FPS gains. A tutorial can be found here

Starfield: Steam Deck Optimized Settings

How to get Vortex on SteamOS


Supported & Recommended Devices / Hardware

- Steam Deck
- ROG Ally
- Legion Go
- AyaNeo
- GPD Win
- PCs using Hard Drives
- CPUs with 4 cores or less
- GPUs with 6gb VRAM or less
- GPUs equivalent or weaker than the RX 6600 XT / RTX 4060
- CPUs equivalent or weaker than the R5 5600 / R9 3950X / i3-10105F



Q: Which ones do I install?
A: They each do different things but none of them conflict with each other, you're suppose to download all of them for the full mod but if you don't want to you don't have to, but you'll miss out on the full FPS improvements.

Q: Does this work with achievements?
A: Yes

Q: After installing my game now crashes, why?
A: This is most likely do the texture file, more specifically the "SDTexturesLOD.ba2", to fix simply delete it and enjoy the rest of the mod

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