Steam Deck battery life

>low-medium settings
>50% brightness
>most of the relevant games still can’t even crack 2 hours
what went wrong?

  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    How many hours can the Switch play Elden Ring for?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >PC is portable
      >PC can play high fidelity games
      >PC has lower battery life when playing said high fidelity games
      You don't fucking say. Battery technology is bottlenecked by li-ion tech. All portables will be limited this way, even your precious shitch which can only play BotW for 2 hours.

      post yfw the deck can run botw for more time with more frames and higher resolution than the switch can

      This conversation has absolutely nothing to do with the Switch. Stop derailing

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        You cannot criticize something without people instantly assuming you're shilling the competing product

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Well, yeah. What's the alternative? Pray for technology that doesn't exist until it poofs into existence?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >shilling the competing product
          They are, see

          https://youtu.be/LSzxFWAf_mQ

          works on my machine

          The aya neo product line alone has about 5 different handhelds you compare to

          , those people just assumed the wrong competitor was behind it.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        So.deck is unfisputably class leading with best battery life out there.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Except for switch fanboys incredibly jealous of steam getting the Switch Pro before them

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >nononono I didn't mention the switch stop btfoing the switch oh god
        Every fucking deck thread is constant nintendo fanboy shitposting trying to derail and get the threads deleted. Blow me.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      The Switch is a hybrid/handheld console from 2017 not a gigantic, overweight piece of shit from 2022 with a one hour battery life and graphics worse than the PS4

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Switch is a 2015 tablet, not a console, which is why it can only run Wii, 3DS and phone games

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Yeah, Wii games like Nier Automata and The Witcher 3

          You retarded chud

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah it's a "console" from 2017 using a phone cpu from 2015 running games with 2008 PS3 graphics.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Phone CPU are better than deck CPU. Deck could barely hold Genshin together at 800p 30fps. Phones obliterate it with 1080p 60fps.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            There are unironic mobileshitters on Ganker?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >Phones obliterate it with 1080p 60fps
            Yeah for 15 minutes until they reach throttling temperature, your fps drops to <30, and you're unable to hold the phone because it's too hot.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              I have a 1,000$ phone and it can barely browse the internet without getting hot, phones are a fucking joke.
              The deck is cooler running elden ring than my phone is posting this.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Whered you get this from? I can easily do 2 and a half hours on Elden Ring.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Same here, no way the chart is in low/medium

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >PC is portable
    >PC can play high fidelity games
    >PC has lower battery life when playing said high fidelity games
    You don't fucking say. Battery technology is bottlenecked by li-ion tech. All portables will be limited this way, even your precious shitch which can only play BotW for 2 hours.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It runs Linux.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Linux is a giant battery guzzler and everyone knew this 10 years ago

      It's already common knowledge that what you're saying is the opposite of the truth. Nice try though.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I love that it runs linux. Made me feel comfortable making the switch to it from windows.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    post yfw the deck can run botw for more time with more frames and higher resolution than the switch can

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Launch switch maybe but newer switches last twice as long due to a more efficient CPU

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        The only time a switch has better battery life is when it's running games are 30fps because it can't do any better. Of course the deck running games at 60fps will consume more battery. Difference is deck let's you choose between 30fps and more battery life or 60fps and less battery life. Switch forces you into mediocrity.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        that's cool, I can also play literally every single other zelda on my deck without voiding the warranty.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Almost like portable consoles aren’t meant for long term play or something, huh? Even gaming laptops are on life support if you try to get past 3 hours.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >no mention of switch in OP
    >people in thread endlessly seethe about switch

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      What other handheld console can you pay these games in?
      It's out really surprising to compare it to the only other thing available in the market?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        [...]
        >DECK IS LE BAD BECAUSE LE BAD BATTERY
        okay? What's the alternative? That's why the switch is brought up.

        What other handhelds are currently on the market to draw a battery life comparison are there?

        aren't there multiple UMPCs avaliable right now like pic related?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Yes but why would I get that over the steam deck which has a huge community filled with people fixing problems and sharing tips and tricks with other steam deck owners? I'm not gonna buy some meme chunk UMPC and be lost in the dark when a game won't run because of some obscure driver issue.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          There's a few about to release: the ayaneo 2, gpd win max 2 and ayn loki. Of these only the loki isn't $1K+. The GPD looks best to me since windows on a handheld is a horrible experience and a laptop handheld hybrid might work better.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      [...]
      [...]
      This conversation has absolutely nothing to do with the Switch. Stop derailing

      >DECK IS LE BAD BECAUSE LE BAD BATTERY
      okay? What's the alternative? That's why the switch is brought up.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Not a single person in this thread said the steam deck was bad. You’re getting defensive over a billion dollar corporation and making a fool out of yourself in the process.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          What's the point of this thread then?
          >Batteries drain when video games are played!
          Okay???????? And?????? Lmfao.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >NOOOOOOOO YOU CANT CRITIQUE A PIECE OF TECH HARDWARE
            >YOU MUST WORSHIP GABEN HES BASED
            I hope you realize that you’re not behaving like a sane person right now

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              But you're not critiqueing anyone. Everyone knows battery technology is extremely gimped by lithium ion technology. You're not saying anything everyone with a brain doesn't already know.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >Not a single person in this thread said the steam deck was bad.
          OP saying "what went wrong" implies that something about deck is bad, or specifically, that is has shortcomings, stop pretending to be retarded.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            No, they said went wrong in terms of the battery life. The title of this thread is “steam deck battery life”. No one said that the steam deck itself is a bad device. A product can have flaws but still be an otherwise decent piece of tech.
            I don’t expect valve drones to be able to take constructive criticism without sperging out though lol.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              id take this thread more seriously if op wasnt lying out of his ass

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              The problem with this thread is that the deck's battery life problem affects ALL portable devices. You're just complaining about the limitations of current battery tech, which is more of a Gankerthread.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              There is no criticism, just stating facts. There is nothing that can be done about battery life without
              a) making device bigger
              b) making device less powerful
              c) changing from x86 to ARM. which will result in complete incompatibility with existing software
              So shut the fuck up retard, you have no idea what are you talking about and haven't brought up a single criticism outside of saying the most basic, mundane and retarded statement of "battery bad".

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                do they at least pay you decently?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        There are tonnes of pc handhelds to compare it to. Comparing it to a fisher price toy is trolling.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Well, name it then and show proof that it has a better battery. As far as I can tell the $400 Steam Deck is the best handheld machine you can get right now.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Happens every single time. How did Nintendo manage to mind break so many people? I’ve never seen anything like this in all my years of gaming.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >battery bad
        >OK, what is the battery life on the alterative device, surely it must be better when people are complaining
        >NOOOOO, DON'T LOOK AT BATTERY LIFE ON THE OTHER DEVICE

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >need to already have something better to being able to complain about shit

          look, dude, if it's shit, it's shit. doesn't mean others are better

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >consolefag can't into tech
            k

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Success breeds contempt

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      What other handhelds are currently on the market to draw a battery life comparison are there?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        The aya neo product line alone has about 5 different handhelds you compare to

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >The aya neo product line
          I'm talking about real handhelds that actually exist, not shit you made up.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            works on my machine

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      This is what 80% of the posters come here for.
      Just constant pointless internet shitfights for (You)s and nothing else

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Who the fuck plays video games for more than 2 hours at a time?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous
  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    how difficult is it to setup the 'eck for emulation?
    can i just drag and drop my roms onto the sd card?

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >deck starts dying after a few hours of gaymen
    >plug it into one of the many AC ports that are around me because I live in a 1st world country and not a jungle
    >do some pushups and situps
    >fully charged in 30 minutes
    >back to gaymen
    forced problem

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      This. I actually like that my deck forces me to take a break every few hours. Nothing better than a fully charged deck after a workout.

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Holy shit bros, playing games on a handheld drains battery.

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >what went wrong?
    It's literally a laptop being used for gaming
    This will be the same across the board for any gaming laptop

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Linux is a giant battery guzzler and everyone knew this 10 years ago

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      ?????????
      Pretty sure Windows famously sucks down battery more than Linux, dumbass. That's why PS5, Deck, and Switch are all Unix based. Windows is shit and pointless.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >PS5
        >Battery
        ??????
        >PS5
        >Switch
        >Linux
        ???????????????

        [...]
        It's already common knowledge that what you're saying is the opposite of the truth. Nice try though.

        Laptops are sold with Windows as default for a reason. Brands like Dell and HP stopped shipping laptops with Linux to save themselves the embarrassing battery life.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Every single gaming device that isn't from Microsoft is Unix based because it's literally more energy efficient than Wangblows. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.

          >Laptops are sold with Windows as default for a reason.
          Yes I work in IT. It's called capitalism. Same reason why my company uses only Microsoft software. Because a deal was made and money was exchanged. That's it

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            BSD isn't Unix, and neither is Linux. Nor is Linux BSD, for that matter. You might be a massive retard.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      This hasnt been true for years. My laptop lasts an extra 2 hours under linux.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        that's because you only run neofetch on it

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You can tell exactly which games are made in unity or not.

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >tendies outting themselves
    rofl

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Battery technology is shit and has been at a dead end for 3 decades and it isn't going to get any better anytime soon.
    You have three options:
    have more battery capacity (increases weight/bulk)
    use less energy (weaker device/reduces performance)
    improve efficiency of by adopting better than 4nm process (not currently feasible)

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      pretty much this, plus a two hour gaming session is still quite a bit of time

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Okay? What would be alternative then?
    Exactly now shut the fuck up

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      maybe put out a device that actually has decent batterly life????

      you try that for a start

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        2+ hours battery life for AAA shit is pretty good though. Anything beyond that enters the realms of impossibility with current battery tech without turning the device into a massive hazard or relying on streaming.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          my PSP got 3x that in 2005, this shit is just embarrasing, technology running backwards due to incompetence

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            moron your PSP ran indie games spec-wise compared to shit that comes out today.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              when they came out they were top of the line, stop defending incompetence.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                That's due to battery tech stagnating.

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Are we all just going to pretend this OP is true or something? All these games you could add an extra half hour/hour to their battery life minimum.

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I'm going to wait about 4 years for when Valve fully abandons this and sells them at 90% off to get rid of their remaining inventory like they did with the steam link, controller, and steam machines.

  20. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Works fine for me :^)

  21. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    What makes TF2 such a drain?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      SPY SAPPIN MY DECK

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      online, if you look all the online games have markedly reduced battery life.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I guess I was comparing it to CS:GO which has nearly double the battery life

  22. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Yes, Valve needs to figure out something about the battery life. It's worse on WinDeck, maybe they should have tried to come to terms with Windows, and maybe they did.

    However, it's the best we have. I was thinking of buying one to merely play indies on my couch and bed. The whole "runs AAA slop" meme backfired, also I guess the battery would take a lot of space, we'll see how they handle VR Deckard/Deck 2.
    Also, my 144hz laptop lasts around the same drawing more power, guess because it's bigger.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Valve needs to figure something about the battery life
      People infinitely smarter than you have been working on new battery technology that isn't li-ion based for years now. This isn't a valve problem.

  23. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The community with fix it with deck friendly config files.

  24. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >switch to 50hz mode
    Problem solved

  25. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    stop playing AAA trash

  26. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Lmao I will never understand why people with the Steam Deck bitch about the battery life. And I don't even own the thing.

    The reason the battery life can crater is because you're given the freedom to fuck around with the settings all you want, meaning that you can easily fuck up and burn through power. For example, "low-medium settings" means nothing without context (e.g., framerate caps if applicable, TDP, other app(s) running, etc).

    The reason why the Switch battery is sometimes passable is that they've not given you any options, and simply crank down the quality like crazy to keep battery life nice. It's why there's such a drastic difference between docked and undocked.

    You can analogize it to showers.

    Nintendo switch:
    >Tepid water, slow drip, but passable, you can totally at least kinda shower with it and talk about it on Ganker like it was the best shower of your life

    Steam Deck:
    >Lets you crank it so hot that you scald your skin, retards immediately run to Ganker to complain that Gaben's shower burned them

  27. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Then don’t buy it

  28. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    ITT retards (OP) find out battery technology has been stunted for the last 2 decades and it's actually the biggest bottleneck in all of tech right now

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      If the chips didn't have a high tdp it wouldn't matter so much but apparently gpus need to be capable of lighting a house on fire now.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >2 decades
      3

  29. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >powerful hardware uses electricity
    >demanding games require powerful hardware
    >demanding games use electricity
    ITT we learn physics

  30. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Hades and Rimworld numbers are more relevant for me, since I wouldn't want to play AAA garbage on a fucking 7 inch handheld anyway

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      How do you play mouse games like Rimworld on Deck? Pointer on controllers make me want to shoot myself

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I'm sure it works fine with touch pads and touchscreen

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        That's why it has the trackpads, I find they work pretty well for most mouse/keyboard games, the real problem is if you need a lot of different buttons while also moving a character with the mouse at the same time.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I play mouse games exclusively on deck now with trackpads and use gyro for shooters. Only games that would really need M+KB are fast paced RTS/Mobas.

  31. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >play PS2 emulator
    >get 6+ hours
    Feels good

  32. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The battery on the deck is definitely on the shitty side but honestly bring a battery pack if you need 6 hours of playtime. A lot of times I need to lower the TDP as well in the options in order to squeeze an extra hour or so out of whatever game I’m playing. I’ve yet to run into any performance loss while doing that so it’s worth messing around with.

  33. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Is this supposed to be a chart where the Deck is pushed to its limit? Because out of the games listed Horizon, Elden Ring, Forza, Fallout 4, Skyrim, I've easily gone beyond 2 hours of battery life with.

    What's the fucking source on this thing? Answer me gay.

  34. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    What are you poor? My deck has a 18h battery life with this badboy.

  35. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You can get ~2.5 hours in elden ring at low/med settings, absolute fucking liar, I run it that way.
    Hitman gets more too, I can't speak abo the others but I wouldn't be surprised if you were fudging those too.

  36. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Damn, the Deck can play Elden Ring? Why the fuck did I get this switch?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Hilariously enough, at first it actually ran better on deck than pc with way less stutter

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Quite well actually. Medium settings with high AA gets you 2 1/2 hours of battery life and 30fps without any drops.

  37. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >made a console stronger than the switch
    >forgot to give it a better battery so you can't actually play it
    Is valve retarded?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I think it has a li-ion battery just like switch, which is why it sucks.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        should've had a ti-ger battery then

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          ironically titanium-germanium batteries are incredibly good, just environmentally very unsafe

  38. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Has anyone actually calculated what an hour of elden ring on the switch weighs? Like if we wanted a deck that could play elden ring for 6h instead of 1h 33m what would that add to the weight of the deck?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Deck has a surprisingly small battery actually, only around 5300mAh. For reference, the Asus ROG 6 has a battery capacity of 6000mAh, weighs in at 240g with most of those weight being in the 2 glass panels.
      So weight is not really a problem here, they could double and triple the capacity while not increasing the weight by that much at all.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I like how you skipped over the fact that Asus ROG 6 (as well as any other Android phone) starts throttling extremely hard after just 15-20 minutes of being under any kind of load, precisely because it's small, light, and has no room for actual heat dissipation and thermal management.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Not really.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >implying a steam deck isn’t like 3 times bigger than a small thin ass cellphone

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        NOOOOOOOOOOOO YOU CANT SAY THAT
        DECK IS BETTER THAN SWITCH SO YOURE NOT ALLOWED TO TALK ABOUT ANYTHING THEY POSSIBLY COULD HAVE DONE BETTERRRRRR

  39. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Don't care still playing deck white boys.

  40. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Batteries are a limiting factor that is impossible to get around in today's industry. This is why Nintendo underclocked the Nintendo Switch in the first place, even in docked mode, so Nintendo ensured that no developer would try to exceed a certain limit of resource usage.
    Because of that, I also think that the Switch 2 that will probably be released late next year will be considerably less powerful than the Steam Deck. I don't see Nintendo releasing a device that can't at least maintain between 3 and 4 hours of battery life even at the most intense use.

  41. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >RimWorld
    You can tell the idiot who made this has no idea about limiting the tdp

  42. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Are there any undervolting options with the deck?

  43. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Dont play AAA games on a portable handheld.
    Also Skyrim at 800p high only used around 9-11w and lasted 4+ hours so looks fishy to me.

  44. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Maybe it's because it can run every single game ever made and it's better than the switch which you're jealous of?

  45. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    But your image is showing battery life as roughly proportional to how fun each game is...

  46. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You got a source for any of that bullshit or

  47. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >the relevant games
    relevant to whom and what? What an odd arbitrary metric to use.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Any game that the average person would actually want to play. ie: real games and not chud hentai VNs or obscure indie 2D pixel bullshit

  48. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    on the other hand, LOOK AT THE FUCKING LIBRARY

  49. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I use it for emulation and get plenty of time out of it.

  50. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I get 4-5 hours from all the stuff I play at full brightness and max settings. This list is obvious bullshit.

  51. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Albion Online
    >relevant
    He didn't even try to hide the bait, yet this thread is still up the hours later

  52. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    How long can you run emulated games on it?

    SNES, GBA or PS1 for example?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      8 hours minimum. Although I will say Steam Deck is overkill for those consoles. Any $200 bullshit chinese handheld can run them perfectly.

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