IXION

Posted:  December 10, 2022
SDHQ BUILD SCORE: 
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Disclaimer: This is an initial impression of the game. Our review and recommended settings will be updated when we've completed a full and thorough analysis of how it performs on Steam Deck. Check back soon for our full analysis!
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Game Info

SDHQ Recommended Settings

SteamOS
30 FPS
Limit
60
Refresh Rate
HRS
No
TDP Limit
8
Scaling Filter
Linear
GPU Clock
Disabled
Proton Version

Proton GE 7-42

Game Settings

Display:

Resolution 1280x800

Torus Anti-Aliasing Type: FXAA

 

Graphics:

Shadow Quality: Meidum

Texture Quality: Medium

Texture Filtering: On

Ambient Occlusion: Disabled

Bloom: Low

Motion Blur: Off

Building Lights Quality: Low

Projected Battery Usage and Temp
12W - 15W
65c - 72c
~3 hours

Review

This game was provided by the publisher, Kasedo Games, for review. Thank you!

IXION is a city-building survival game with a heavy influence on exploration. Authorized by DOLOS, you will take full control of your space station to hopefully find a new home for humanity. You will have to manage your people, build, expand, and advance to prepare for the dangers that you will face in your journey like hull breaches and electrical fires. Encounter a multitude of threats and opportunities, including other factions that escaped Earth's fate, and navigate to the best of your abilities. With everything going against you, will you be able to find a new home?

IXION is a really awesome game and one that I had been looking forward to a lot since its announcement. While the mechanics and premise are really cool, the game unfortunately has some issues running on the Steam Deck. On our recommended settings, which are a mix of low and medium, an uncapped framerate and TDP gave me around a 35-36 FPS with a drain of 22W.

IXION No Cap

I elected to keep a TDP of 8 and a 30 FPS cap. There are some drops I have experienced, like the framerate going to 25 or 26 when viewing the entire station from the outside, but it still felt smooth enough. You can also push TDP to 9 or 10 for increased stability, but I kept at 8 since the drops so far have not broken the immersion at 30 FPS and keeps battery lower. With the drain sticking between 12W - 14W, I am able to get around 3 hours from it. You may need to increase TDP as you grow more too.

IXION doesn't feature controller support, so I actually decided to use one that was made by Steam user Gadget8Bit just called "IXION Layout". The layout does the best it can, but with some limitations from the game, controlling isn't as easy. Compared to another management game without controller support, Dwarf Fortress", controlling with the gamepad and utilizing virtual menus felt much better to me. You will need to use the right trackpad to control the mouse cursor, so be prepared for that.

IXIONLayout

Other than the frame drops, there was one other issue I have encountered so far. When looking at the system map, to see the planets, it was completely black. While you can still interact with the map and see the planets and such, it's a bit of a let down. I tried with different Proton versions and settings combinations, but nothing worked.

Left ImageRight Image

The screenshot with the map that is visible (left) was taken from my Desktop computer running Windows 10. This was shots taken from the same exact save at the same location.

I wanted to enjoy IXION on the Deck, but it just felt there was too much going against it. Right now, I would say it needs a bit more optimization. Native controller support would be a wonderful touch, but being able to bind keys to more actions would allow Steam Input to work magic with a controller layout. The blank system map is another big hit and, while it is playable, ruins a chunk of the experience. IXION is playable, but with so many compromises and the system map, I would stick to the desktop for now.

Screenshots:

Our review is based on the PC version of this game.

If you enjoyed this review, be sure to check out the rest of the content on SteamDeckHQ! We have a wide variety game reviews and news that are sure to help your gaming experience. Whether you're looking for newstips and tutorialsgame settings and reviews, or just want to stay up-to-date on the latest trends, we've got your back!

SDHQ's Build Score Breakdown

IXION is an awesome looking game with a great premise that really captures attention, but with some graphical issues, framerate that can't go above 30, and lack of controller support, I would stick to desktop as of now.

Performance: 
VISUALS: 
Stability: 
Controls: 
Battery: 
Reviewed By:
Noah Kupetsky
Steam Profile
Steam Deck Compatibility
Current Price: 
$29.74
View in Steam Store
Proton DB Rating

Review

This game was provided by the publisher, Kasedo Games, for review. Thank you!

IXION is a city-building survival game with a heavy influence on exploration. Authorized by DOLOS, you will take full control of your space station to hopefully find a new home for humanity. You will have to manage your people, build, expand, and advance to prepare for the dangers that you will face in your journey like hull breaches and electrical fires. Encounter a multitude of threats and opportunities, including other factions that escaped Earth's fate, and navigate to the best of your abilities. With everything going against you, will you be able to find a new home?

IXION is a really awesome game and one that I had been looking forward to a lot since its announcement. While the mechanics and premise are really cool, the game unfortunately has some issues running on the Steam Deck. On our recommended settings, which are a mix of low and medium, an uncapped framerate and TDP gave me around a 35-36 FPS with a drain of 22W.

IXION No Cap

I elected to keep a TDP of 8 and a 30 FPS cap. There are some drops I have experienced, like the framerate going to 25 or 26 when viewing the entire station from the outside, but it still felt smooth enough. You can also push TDP to 9 or 10 for increased stability, but I kept at 8 since the drops so far have not broken the immersion at 30 FPS and keeps battery lower. With the drain sticking between 12W - 14W, I am able to get around 3 hours from it. You may need to increase TDP as you grow more too.

IXION doesn't feature controller support, so I actually decided to use one that was made by Steam user Gadget8Bit just called "IXION Layout". The layout does the best it can, but with some limitations from the game, controlling isn't as easy. Compared to another management game without controller support, Dwarf Fortress", controlling with the gamepad and utilizing virtual menus felt much better to me. You will need to use the right trackpad to control the mouse cursor, so be prepared for that.

IXIONLayout

Other than the frame drops, there was one other issue I have encountered so far. When looking at the system map, to see the planets, it was completely black. While you can still interact with the map and see the planets and such, it's a bit of a let down. I tried with different Proton versions and settings combinations, but nothing worked.

Left ImageRight Image

The screenshot with the map that is visible (left) was taken from my Desktop computer running Windows 10. This was shots taken from the same exact save at the same location.

I wanted to enjoy IXION on the Deck, but it just felt there was too much going against it. Right now, I would say it needs a bit more optimization. Native controller support would be a wonderful touch, but being able to bind keys to more actions would allow Steam Input to work magic with a controller layout. The blank system map is another big hit and, while it is playable, ruins a chunk of the experience. IXION is playable, but with so many compromises and the system map, I would stick to the desktop for now.

Screenshots:

Our review is based on the PC version of this game.

If you enjoyed this review, be sure to check out the rest of the content on SteamDeckHQ! We have a wide variety game reviews and news that are sure to help your gaming experience. Whether you're looking for newstips and tutorialsgame settings and reviews, or just want to stay up-to-date on the latest trends, we've got your back!

SDHQ's Build Score Breakdown

IXION is an awesome looking game with a great premise that really captures attention, but with some graphical issues, framerate that can't go above 30, and lack of controller support, I would stick to desktop as of now.

Performance: 
VISUALS: 
Stability: 
Controls: 
Battery: 
Reviewed By:
Noah Kupetsky
Steam Profile

SDHQ Recommended Settings

SteamOS
30 FPS
Limit
60
Refresh Rate
HRS
No
TDP Limit
8
Scaling Filter
Linear
GPU Clock
Disabled
Proton Version

Proton GE 7-42

Game Settings

Display:

Resolution 1280x800

Torus Anti-Aliasing Type: FXAA

 

Graphics:

Shadow Quality: Meidum

Texture Quality: Medium

Texture Filtering: On

Ambient Occlusion: Disabled

Bloom: Low

Motion Blur: Off

Building Lights Quality: Low

Projected Battery Usage and Temp
12W - 15W
65c - 72c
~3 hours
Steam Deck Compatibility
Current Price: 
$29.74
View in Steam Store
Proton DB Rating

2 comments on “IXION”

  1. I’ve. Been enjoying IXION on the Steam Deck since its official release and haven’t run into any issues. Only thing I could ask for would be a UI scaling option; the font size in the game is quite small on the Deck’s screen.

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