Persona 3 Reload – How To Improve Steam Deck Performance

Persona 3 Reload brings the beloved game to the Steam Deck, but performance can be inconsistent, ranging from low 30s to mid-50s. In this guide, we’ll explore tweaks and adjustments to enhance the gaming experience on both OLED and LCD versions of the Steam Deck.

How To Improve Steam Deck Performance In Persona 3 Reload

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Performance Overview:

While Persona 3 Reload runs decently on both LCD and OLED Steam Deck displays, the performance can be improved for a smoother gaming experience. Below are some key performance notes:

  • Constant 75FPS to 90FPS in battle
  • 70FPS to 80FPS on Battle Close-Ups (77FPS to 90FPS on All-Out Attacks)
  • Varied FPS (40+ to 80+) in Tartarus exploration, usually in the low 40s to 60 FPS
  • Mid-50s to 60 FPS in the Iwatodai Dorm
  • 50+ FPS to 60 FPS in Gekkoukan High School (70FPS to 90FPS in hallways and social events)

In-Game Settings:


  • Default settings: 1280×800, Full Screen, Monitor 1
  • VSync: Optional (off recommended)

Graphics Settings

  • Rendering Scale: 75
  • Shadow Quality: High
  • Background Brightness: Middle
  • Frame Rate: 120 (OLED) and 60 (LCD)
  • Reflections: OFF (Ray-tracing option)

Config File Edits:

Navigate to the engine file in Dolphin File Manager:

  • /home/deck/.local/share/Steam/steamapps/compatdata/2161700/pfx/drive_c/users/steamuser/AppData/Local/P3R/Saved/Config/WindowsNoEditor/Engine.ini

Add the following configurations under [Core. System]:

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Optional adjustments:

Save the changes.

Additional Tips:

  • Adjust screen percentage for improved FPS, sacrificing map size if necessary.
  • For high-end gaming PCs, expect a guide for adjusting lighting and performance soon.

Closing Thoughts:

While the game looks good on the Steam Deck’s OLED screen, adjustments may be needed when docked. Lower render scale and shadow quality, especially with the increased resolution on the monitor.

Tartarus can be demanding even on powerful PCs. Future updates may address this, and user-generated settings will be shared for Steam Deck users when docked.

Users are encouraged to share their adjustments and improvements in the comments. Future updates may address performance issues, and the community can collaborate to enhance the gaming experience.

Optimizing Persona 3 Reload on Steam Deck is a continuous process, and this guide aims to provide a solid foundation for improved performance. Stay tuned for updates and share your experiences in the comments. Happy gaming!

Last Updated on February 7, 2024

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