Skip to Content

Sons of the Forest Steam Deck (Best Settings)

Sons of the Forest Steam Deck (Best Settings)

Sons of The Forest is finally here! But it’s still in early access and that means loads of bugs, glitches, and abysmal performance. If you’re looking at playing the game on the Steam Deck, you’re going to have a bad time, but it’s not impossible. Let me walk you through the Best Steam Deck Settings for Sons of The Forest!

Our Steam Deck Settings for Sons of The Forest won’t do much currently. The title is still in Early Access and performance is abysmal on all platforms. Set everything to low and change the TDP to 12W. Turn FSR On.

Does The Forest Have Crossplay?

Sons of The Forest – Steam Deck Settings

Steam Deck Settings Sons of The Forest

Let me get this off my chest right now. Performance is going to be abysmal. The best you’re going to do is 30-40 FPS on a good day. It’s not going to work like a finished product because it isn’t. 

Currently, Sons of The Forest isn’t ready for the Steam Deck. Regardless, you can play the title from finish to end. A bit about the performance now. The game plays horribly on medium and you can visually see the handheld struggling to load in foliage. Expect around 25 FPS on medium settings, but it still doesn’t feel like 25.

Your best bet would be to turn settings all the way down. You’ll manage a solid 30 FPS this way, but the game still plays pretty choppy. For this, you need to turn down the texture resolution down to ⅛ .

WindowExclusive Fullscreen
Quality PresetLow
Draw DistanceLow
Ambient OcclusionLow
Fog QualityLow
Anisotropic TexturesOff
Shadow QualityLow
Parallax DistanceLow
Billboard QualityLow
Texture Resolution*Eighth
Anti AliasingOff
Dynamic ResolutionOff
Screen Space ReflectionsOff
Motion BlurOff
Micro ShadingOff
Chromatic AberrationOff
Contact ShadowOff

Steam Deck Settings

Sons of The Forest Steam Deck Settings

Go over to the Quick Access Menu and tweak the Total Power Draw of the Steam Deck to get some extra performance out of it, but keep in mind, this will seriously drain your battery.

Battery Life90 Minutes
Dockes Mode Resolution1280X700


Sons of The Forest plays horrendously currently. Expect loads of glitches and crashes even on other platforms. These teething problems are all expected, considering it’s still in Early Access.