Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order

Posted:  July 25, 2022
SDHQ BUILD SCORE: 
Open-World Stuttering
SDHQ Settings
Review
Game Info

SDHQ Recommended Settings

SteamOS
40 FPS
Limit
40
Refresh Rate
HRS
No
TDP Limit
10
Scaling Filter
FSR - 0
GPU Clock
1000
Proton Version

Proton GE 7-26

Game Settings

Resolution 1152x720

Graphics Quality: Medium

Projected Battery Usage and Temp
~17W
70c - 75c
2.5 hours

Review

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order was released in 2019 as a new take on the Star Wars gaming genre. Mixing “Dark Souls”-esque combat, action-RPG elements, and “Uncharted” styled platforming, the AAA release sought to immerse players in a graphically detailed environment containing new characters and a style of gameplay that is distinctly different from past Star Wars games. Having completed my first playthrough on Playstation 4 at release, I was excited to pick this up during the Steam Summer sale and evaluate how the game would perform on the Steam Deck.

Star Wars: The Maximum Settings

When I first booted into the game, I intended to push the Deck as far as it could go. I installed the game to the internal SSD (my Deck has the 256GB NVME SSD) and fired it up with Steam OS set to 60fps and all in-game settings set to maximum quality. While the game was certainly playable, I found it maxed out in the low 40 FPS range, frequently dropping as low as 25 FPS during heavy combat or cutscenes.

Using these settings, the game was consistently drawing 25+ watts from the Deck, leading to GPU temperatures in the high 80s and overall poor battery life of only 1.5 hours. Any changes to TDP essentially made the game unplayable, with it performing in the 15-20 FPS range. With this, I promptly decided to configure a 40 FPS build.

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order Max Settings

While max settings can look nice, the battery drain, temps, and framerate instability make it not playable.

Star Wars: A New Optimization

I reduced the refresh rate in SteamOS to 40hz and set my framerate cap to match. Overall, the game performed better than when set at 60 FPS, even off the Micro SD card. I did notice slightly longer loading times, and framerate drops of 10-15 FPS when loading or entering areas with more than 4 or 5 enemies.

Upon returning to those areas, however, there wasn’t any lag, leading me to believe the stutters had more to do with the read/write speeds of the Micro SD card rather than the Deck hardware itself. Looking into it further, the Fallen Order PC port seems to suffer from “micro-stutters,” which could be what I was experiencing. Also noteworthy, menus seemed to behave in the 20-35 FPS range in each configuration I tried.

The framerate in Star Wars averaged around 35-40fps in this 40 FPS configuration, dipping as low as 25fps for a second or two when loading, which is more than playable for me. The battery lasted about an hour and a half pulling around 20 watts on average.

Further optimizing the 40 FPS build, I lowered the in-game resolution to 1152x720, set the display to fullscreen, applied FSR scaling with 0 sharpness, reduced the TDP to 10 watts, manually set the GPU clock to 1000hz, and lowered the settings to medium. I didn’t notice any difference in overall performance or visuals, but gained an extra 30 minutes of battery life and the Deck ran at lower temperatures, which is a bonus in itself.

While the issues at 40hz were minor, I did end up dropping down to 30 FPS on 60hz, which performed the best and bought me an extra 30 minutes of battery life. The only time these settings suffered was during the final cutscene (no spoilers) and menus, where the framerate dipped as low as 20 FPS.

I retained the resolution, FSR, and GPU clock settings from the 40 FPS build, but dropped the TDP even lower to 8. This build, by far, provided the best battery life, and the TDP drop had minimal impact on performance. I did notice some of the visuals weren’t as vivid as they were on high settings, but the increased battery life was worth it for me.

Left ImageRight Image

Both the 40 FPS and 30 FPS builds performed well, but I’d recommend the 40 FPS build due to its decent battery life, low temperatures and GPU utilization, and overall performance. If you’ll be away from a charger for a long period of time, the 30 FPS build is an excellent alternative. There is also some stuttering in every build we tested, but this could be due to the PC port and there are reports of stuttering not just on Deck, but on desktop PCs as well.

As far as controls go, the default configuration works great out of the box. I found myself preferring the left trackpad over the D-pad for actions like using stims and switching lightsaber configurations. Even though my hands are rather large, it was easier to reach the trackpad with my normal grip.

I haven’t explored the possibility, but thought the rear buttons (L4-5 and R4-5) would work well mapped to some lightsaber combos, such as jump attack (A then X), double power strike (Y then Y), throwing your lightsaber (LB + Y), etc. I didn’t end up trying this in game, but did create a controller layout, details below the review. Feel free to modify it for your own uses.

Overall, I am thoroughly impressed with the Steam Deck’s ability to handle such a graphically intense AAA game and I found myself surprised several times during the playthrough. The visuals are stunning, even on the 1280x800 screen, and I found new appreciation in the color balance.

Notably, the blacks were “blacker,” making the areas where I needed to use my lightsaber as a flashlight much more realistic. Combat and platforming were fluid, and although temperatures and battery life varied, the experience was enjoyable overall. If the upcoming sequel, Star Wars: Jedi Survivor, plays this well on the Deck, it will be a “must have” in my game library.

Need some help understanding how we got to our score? Check out our Guide to Steam Deck HQ.

SDHQ's Build Score Breakdown

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order will need to be played with some compromises, but if you can get past them, playing on Deck is a premiere experience!

Performance: 
VISUALS: 
Stability: 
Controls: 
Battery: 
Reviewed By:
Vanderjud
Steam Profile
Steam Deck Compatibility
Current Price: 
$39.99
View in Steam Store
Proton DB Rating

Review

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order was released in 2019 as a new take on the Star Wars gaming genre. Mixing “Dark Souls”-esque combat, action-RPG elements, and “Uncharted” styled platforming, the AAA release sought to immerse players in a graphically detailed environment containing new characters and a style of gameplay that is distinctly different from past Star Wars games. Having completed my first playthrough on Playstation 4 at release, I was excited to pick this up during the Steam Summer sale and evaluate how the game would perform on the Steam Deck.

Star Wars: The Maximum Settings

When I first booted into the game, I intended to push the Deck as far as it could go. I installed the game to the internal SSD (my Deck has the 256GB NVME SSD) and fired it up with Steam OS set to 60fps and all in-game settings set to maximum quality. While the game was certainly playable, I found it maxed out in the low 40 FPS range, frequently dropping as low as 25 FPS during heavy combat or cutscenes.

Using these settings, the game was consistently drawing 25+ watts from the Deck, leading to GPU temperatures in the high 80s and overall poor battery life of only 1.5 hours. Any changes to TDP essentially made the game unplayable, with it performing in the 15-20 FPS range. With this, I promptly decided to configure a 40 FPS build.

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order Max Settings

While max settings can look nice, the battery drain, temps, and framerate instability make it not playable.

Star Wars: A New Optimization

I reduced the refresh rate in SteamOS to 40hz and set my framerate cap to match. Overall, the game performed better than when set at 60 FPS, even off the Micro SD card. I did notice slightly longer loading times, and framerate drops of 10-15 FPS when loading or entering areas with more than 4 or 5 enemies.

Upon returning to those areas, however, there wasn’t any lag, leading me to believe the stutters had more to do with the read/write speeds of the Micro SD card rather than the Deck hardware itself. Looking into it further, the Fallen Order PC port seems to suffer from “micro-stutters,” which could be what I was experiencing. Also noteworthy, menus seemed to behave in the 20-35 FPS range in each configuration I tried.

The framerate in Star Wars averaged around 35-40fps in this 40 FPS configuration, dipping as low as 25fps for a second or two when loading, which is more than playable for me. The battery lasted about an hour and a half pulling around 20 watts on average.

Further optimizing the 40 FPS build, I lowered the in-game resolution to 1152x720, set the display to fullscreen, applied FSR scaling with 0 sharpness, reduced the TDP to 10 watts, manually set the GPU clock to 1000hz, and lowered the settings to medium. I didn’t notice any difference in overall performance or visuals, but gained an extra 30 minutes of battery life and the Deck ran at lower temperatures, which is a bonus in itself.

While the issues at 40hz were minor, I did end up dropping down to 30 FPS on 60hz, which performed the best and bought me an extra 30 minutes of battery life. The only time these settings suffered was during the final cutscene (no spoilers) and menus, where the framerate dipped as low as 20 FPS.

I retained the resolution, FSR, and GPU clock settings from the 40 FPS build, but dropped the TDP even lower to 8. This build, by far, provided the best battery life, and the TDP drop had minimal impact on performance. I did notice some of the visuals weren’t as vivid as they were on high settings, but the increased battery life was worth it for me.

Left ImageRight Image

Both the 40 FPS and 30 FPS builds performed well, but I’d recommend the 40 FPS build due to its decent battery life, low temperatures and GPU utilization, and overall performance. If you’ll be away from a charger for a long period of time, the 30 FPS build is an excellent alternative. There is also some stuttering in every build we tested, but this could be due to the PC port and there are reports of stuttering not just on Deck, but on desktop PCs as well.

As far as controls go, the default configuration works great out of the box. I found myself preferring the left trackpad over the D-pad for actions like using stims and switching lightsaber configurations. Even though my hands are rather large, it was easier to reach the trackpad with my normal grip.

I haven’t explored the possibility, but thought the rear buttons (L4-5 and R4-5) would work well mapped to some lightsaber combos, such as jump attack (A then X), double power strike (Y then Y), throwing your lightsaber (LB + Y), etc. I didn’t end up trying this in game, but did create a controller layout, details below the review. Feel free to modify it for your own uses.

Overall, I am thoroughly impressed with the Steam Deck’s ability to handle such a graphically intense AAA game and I found myself surprised several times during the playthrough. The visuals are stunning, even on the 1280x800 screen, and I found new appreciation in the color balance.

Notably, the blacks were “blacker,” making the areas where I needed to use my lightsaber as a flashlight much more realistic. Combat and platforming were fluid, and although temperatures and battery life varied, the experience was enjoyable overall. If the upcoming sequel, Star Wars: Jedi Survivor, plays this well on the Deck, it will be a “must have” in my game library.

Need some help understanding how we got to our score? Check out our Guide to Steam Deck HQ.

SDHQ's Build Score Breakdown

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order will need to be played with some compromises, but if you can get past them, playing on Deck is a premiere experience!

Performance: 
VISUALS: 
Stability: 
Controls: 
Battery: 
Reviewed By:
Vanderjud
Steam Profile

SDHQ Recommended Settings

SteamOS
40 FPS
Limit
40
Refresh Rate
HRS
No
TDP Limit
10
Scaling Filter
FSR - 0
GPU Clock
1000
Proton Version

Proton GE 7-26

Game Settings

Resolution 1152x720

Graphics Quality: Medium

Projected Battery Usage and Temp
~17W
70c - 75c
2.5 hours
Steam Deck Compatibility
Current Price: 
$39.99
View in Steam Store
Proton DB Rating

Other Builds & Information

Controller Layout

The controller layout is called "L4 Throw Saber L5 Jump Attack R4 Stim R5 Map" created by SimplyJuden.

This can be found in the Jedi Fallen Order community layouts tab.

Battery Build

SteamOS:

30 FPS Cap with 60hz Refresh Rate

Half Rate Shading OFF

TDP Limit 8

GPU Clock Speed Frequency: 1000

FSR Upscaling with Sharpness 0

 

Proton Version:

Proton GE 7-26

 

Game Settings:

Resolution: 1152x720

Graphics Settings: Medium

Display: Fullscreen

 

Projected Battery Usage/Temps:

14W - 16W

Around 65c - 70c temps for CPU and GPU

Around 3 hours of gameplay

7 comments on “Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order”

  1. Hi,

    Just want to say as someone who's new to all this pc graphics and steam deck graphic settings ( previous console freak ) I'm extremely happy this page and all you guys that put the effort in exist. I downloaded this game and couldn't get past 20 fps with lows of 4 and a lot of glitchy gameplay. After searching the web I came across this by chance ( Reddit isn't very helpful downvote galore for no reason ) and now I can enjoy this game followed your settings and boom! I'm playing and enjoying my experience so thank you very very very much. I appreciate what you guys are doing especially for us noobs this is extremely useful. Thanks again

    1. We are so glad its working well for you! You have highlighted the exact experience we aim to provide at SDHQ!

  2. Dumb question (sorry!): how do you actually set the rendering resolution for this game? It’s not in the ‘video’ or ‘visuals’ options in-game. SteamOS ‘game resolution’ in properties rarely works for me, either and doesn’t offer 1152 x 720 anyway.

    So, how did you set that resolution?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Its under the video settings! You need to disable dynamic resolution scaling to be able to manually change it.

      1. Thank you very much. Excellent review, by the way. Your settings are so much more efficient than mine were. 👍

        Seems important to select ‘fullscreen’ as well.

        On my machine, it did seem like proton 7.0-3 ran smoother than GE 7-26. Would be interested in your experience as I notice you guys on SteamDeckHQ always tend to go for GE, I’m sure for very good reasons.

        Loving the site. Keep up the great work, everyone!

        1. Glad they’re working well for you! GE Proton is basically a fork off the latest stable release, containing a bunch of community patches and fixes. It sometimes solves issues with newer games before Proton stable or Experimental can, but it can be buggy given the frequency of releases.

          Good call on Fullscreen. That is indeed important, but it seems like I neglected to call that out in the review. Will get that updated!

          Thank you for your support! More content is on its way!

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