A character pointing a rapier sword towards the camera in No Rest for the Wicked
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Does No Rest for the Wicked Run on Steam Deck?

No rest for you if it does.

Moon Studios’ action role-playing game looks to be a perfect fit for Valve’s venerable handheld machine, but does No Rest for the Wicked run on the Steam Deck? We’ll answer that question in this guide!

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Does No Rest for the Wicked Run on Steam Deck?

Currently, Steam Deck support is not confirmed for No Rest for the Wicked’s early access release.

The game can be played on the Steam Deck, however, performance is far from ideal. Combat hovers between 25-40 FPS and some cutscenes can dip as low as 5 FPS which really does not do the beautiful imagery any justice.

So while it is playable, it’s perhaps best to wait until some patches roll along to improve performance.

If you think you’ll save this one for your desktop or gaming laptop, be sure to check out the best settings for No Rest for the Wicked.

Will No Rest for the Wicked Ever Work on Steam Deck?

Not all hope is lost though, as No Rest for the Wicked seems like a perfect fit for the pick-up-and-play nature of the Deck. Moon Studios is no doubt exploring getting the game to run on the Steam Deck.

Poor performance isn’t just relegated to handhelds either as many are reporting that their beefy gaming rigs are struggling too.

Recognising this, Moon Studios took to X (formerly Twitter) to direct people to their forums to report bugs and feedback.

Moon Studios has an excellent track record when it comes to Steam Deck support so it is more likely a question of time until it is in better shape.

Its previous titles Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps, both run terrifically. The latter especially pops on the Steam Deck OLED, owing to its comprehensive HDR implementation.

However, those games are decidedly less visually complex compared to No Rest for the Wicked. We may need to adjust our expectations accordingly, but that doesn’t mean you won’t necessarily get a great experience.

No Rest For the Wicked Steam Deck Settings

Unfortunately, the graphics menu for No Rest for the Wicked is a little barebones at the moment and it is hard to get the things dialled in just right but below are what we believe to be the best Steam Deck settings for now.

Steam Deck display settings

  • Steam Deck LCD: 60Hz
  • Steam Deck OLED: 90Hz

Display Settings

  • Framerate Cap: 30

Graphics Settings

  • Quality Preset: Performance
  • Render Scale: 80%
  • Sharpness: 100%
  • Motion Blur: 100%
  • Framerate Independent Motion Blur: On
  • Target FPS: 30
  • Dynamic Resolution Scaling: On
  • Maximum X Scaling: 70%
  • Maximum Y Scaling: 80%

These settings will help things feel a bit more consistent as trying to hit a 40FPS target only for it to drop to 25 can be very distracting during frenetic combat encounters.

As Moon Studios continues to optimize the game throughout the early access period, these settings may be subject to change. Valve themselves too may internally test the game and give the game a Steam Deck compatibility rating.

If for some reason the game is a bust on the Steam Deck, you can check out what games in your library are good to go by visiting this page. Alternatively, you can see a game’s compatibility rating on the store page.

That just about covers it for whether you can play No Rest for the Wicked on Steam Deck. Hopefully, you found a glimmer of hope in this guide.

One day, too, we’ll be able to explore the pestilence-ridden Isola Sacra with our friends in multiplayer. Until then, you can check out the best couch co-op multiplayer PC games to play with your friends right now.


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Cole Luke is a freelance writer who has written for Digital Foundry, Radio Times, PCGamesN and more. Starting with an ageing hand-me-down Sega Saturn, Cole has bartered his way up the gaming food chain, and in an effort to convince his mum he wasn't wasting his life playing video games, he now writes about them for a living. Cole loves all things retro and will gladly put his back out carrying ancient CRT monitors up and down the stairs in the name of content. His favourite game ever is probably Half-Life 2.