April 19, 2024

Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon launched on August 25, and folk have been loving it. When you haven’t but taken it for a spin, know that satisfying, explosive fight, beautiful visuals, and the fun of constructing your very personal mech to exit and earn some cash for companies is yours to have. However can you’re taking it on the go?

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After sinking almost 30 hours into Armored Core VI completely on the Steam Deck, on trains, busses, the park, and on the native bar (the place of us received’t cease asking me questions on what I’m doing), I’m blissful to say that Armored Core VI is a superb, performant, and interesting expertise on the Steam Deck. In reality, with rear buttons native to the mini-PC, I kinda don’t wish to play it on anything.

However earlier than you run off to Steam to get your self a Deck and a replica of FromSoft’s newest, there are a handful of issues to notice. You would possibly’ve seen that the sport is presently solely rated as “Playable” by the Steam retailer, and there are just a few good causes for that. However total count on a good time enjoying AC6 on the Deck.

Why isn’t Armored Core VI ‘Verified’ on Steam Deck?

There are official and unofficial causes Armored Core VI rightly earns simply “Playable” standing on Steam Deck. FromSoft’s newest, sadly, offers no choice to scale the sport’s textual content. And whereas, sure, you’ll most likely spend most of your time blowing crap up along with your high-powered assault car, the menu and in-game textual content is a bit too small to supply an ideal expertise on Valve’s transportable.

The “unofficial” cause that AC6 must be thought of “Playable” and never “Verified” is that there’s one thing unusual occurring with the controls. I’ve seen it, and so have others. Customers on Reddit have reported that one thing funky occurs when making an attempt to tweak the controls to your liking within the common “Gamepad” sub-menu of the Deck’s management customization choices.

Screenshot taken on Steam Deck.
Screenshot: FromSoftware / Kotaku

Certain sufficient, my first moments with AC6 on Deck had me pissed off making an attempt to get the sport to acknowledge customized management settings. Whereas the sport labored on first boot, a fast change I made to regulate bindings resulted within the sport not recognizing a rattling factor except I plugged in a keyboard and mouse. I reset the controls to defaults, after which the menus appeared to work once more…till rapidly they didn’t.

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The answer? Set the sport to make use of FromSoftware’s official Steam Deck controls. FromSoft’s official Steam Deck controls are affordable, mapping leap, enhance, and dodge to your rear buttons. I’d make a change or two elsewhere however given the sport’s unpredictable management oddities, I haven’t had the will to fiddle with it additional. They’re adequate now.

AC6 Steam Deck efficiency: Stable 30fps, extra in case you sacrifice battery

Identical to your Armored Core, the Steam Deck solely has a lot power to energy your violent rampages throughout Rubicon, and Armored Core VI is a power-hungry beast. I’ve been in a position to take pleasure in about an hour and a half of motion earlier than needing to recharge.

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When you’re planning to journey with Armored Core VI, ensure you have entry to energy in case you’re any stretch of time longer than 90 or so minutes.

A mech engages in combat.

Screenshot taken on Steam Deck.
Screenshot: FromSoftware / Kotaku

These 90 minutes, although, are going to be full of wonderful efficiency. You’ll have the most effective time in case you’re happy with a principally secure 30 frames per second. You won’t even must tweak any settings to attain that. AC6 defaults to a fairly performant set of graphics choices, however in case you’re prepared to dive beneath the hood a bit, you may push the sport as much as round 40fps more often than not.

Armored Core VI graphics settings to think about tweaking

Let’s begin with decision. In AC6 the Steam Deck’s max decision of 1280×800 isn’t an excessive amount of of a pressure on the system. I want to play it there for optimum visuals (particularly contemplating the small textual content), however it’s possible you’ll want to contemplate setting it to a 16:9 side ratio of 1280×720 or a 16:10 side ratio of 1152×720.

This decrease decision will allow you to be a bit extra liberal with the graphics choices, nevertheless it does lead to a softer picture that might not be to your liking.

In my time tweaking the settings, I’ve been in a position to get Armored Core VI operating between 30 and 45fps. Some low-complexity sequences would possibly see it hit 50, and overlook about 60. Moments the place enemies come onscreen do generally see the sport dip the furthest, however in the course of the motion, the sport holds a good framerate and is constant by way of all of the explosions and mechanical carnage.

Listed below are the settings I’ve more-or-less settled on.

  • Texture High quality: Medium
  • Antialiasing: Excessive
  • SSAO: Medium
  • Depth of Area: Low
  • Movement Blur: Off
  • Shadow High quality: Medium
  • Lighting High quality: Medium
  • Results High quality: Medium
  • Volumetric Fog High quality: Medium
  • Reflection High quality: Excessive
  • Water Floor High quality: Excessive
  • Shader High quality: Medium
  • Ray Tracing High quality: Off (Naturally)

Whereas my assessments did embrace setting the Deck’s refresh charge to 40, 45, and 50, I ended up leaving it open at its default 60Hz. And I did toy round with locking the sport internally to 30fps, however felt I used to be lacking out on some smoother motion by doing so. With these settings, the sport has been performant sufficient that my solely efficiency issues are how effectively I’m doing within the sport (for the document, I’m dying lots).

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I’ll concede that some further efficiency may very well be eked out by decreasing just a few choices right here, and on the flip facet, you would possibly be capable to elevate just a few for a prettier sport, however know that you just’re getting nearer and nearer to a 30fps expertise, and perhaps decrease, with each graphical nicety you attempt to crank.

A mech looks up at an intimidating foe.

Screenshot taken on Steam Deck.
Screenshot: FromSoftware / Kotaku

That mentioned, the sport seems fantastic and clear on Steam Deck. Nothing appears blurry or compromised by squeezing it into this tiny type issue.


Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon makes for a superb expertise on Steam Deck. Regardless of small textual content and a few management customization finickiness, it feels pure. To date I’ve no want to play it on another platform, except for perhaps eager to see the way it seems on my 4K PC.

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