Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint

Posted:  January 23, 2023
SDHQ BUILD SCORE: 
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!
SDHQ Settings
Review
Game Info

SDHQ Recommended Settings

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

No Forced Compatibility

Game Settings

Texture Quality: Medium

Resolution Scaling: 100

Temporal Injection: On

Anti-Aliasing: On

Preset: Medium

Change Volumetric Fog to Low

Projected Battery Usage and Temp
15W - 17W
70c - 75c
2.5 - 3 hours

Review

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint is a third-person shooter that will have you exploring a treacherous archipelago to take down a US military unit gone rogue. Create your character from thousands of combination options and loot, upgrade, and customize to become the deadliest ghost to exist. You can also team up with friends and share progression from story to pvp with a plethora of end-game content that includes raids and more. Will you be able to save Auroa and take down your old brother-in-arms?

Ghost Recon Breakpoint doesn't run correctly in the beginning, but by changing a line in the BELauncher.ini, the game will be able to run and run decently well. First, go ahead and browse local files to go to the Breakpoint game files. Then, go to the BattlEye folder and open the BELauncher.ini. Find the line that says "GRB.exe" and change it to say "GRB_vulkan.exe". After that, save the file. Now when you launch the game and choose to launch Vulkan version, the game will run! Thank you to @Yourmomlmao7 on Twitter for bringing this fix to our attention.

Once I got in-game, Breakpoint ran much better than I expected. It was able to hit 40 framerate at around medium graphic presets with around 90% resolution scale. For a game like this, it's awesome to see how well it runs like this, but it does still drop a bit. So bringing the game to 30 FPS with 100% resolution scale and a medium preset felt fantastic. Having a 100% resolution scale also helped with seeing enemies that are further away which, in a game like this, is really necessary. I did encounter 1-2 places that went down to 29 FPS, but nothing below this.

I did try to see if forcing the resolution down and upscaling via FSR would help, but it made the game's menus overblown. The in-game window was completely fine, but all menus were not scaling correctly, which made it unplayable. Controls were completely fine and they automatically went to the correct gamepad settings, which is fantastic. It also does use Ubisoft Connect as a 3rd party DRM, so playing offline will be a hassle.

Overall, with some more fine-tuning, Ghost Recon Breakpoint will definitely be a fantastic game to play on the Steam Deck. It runs much better than previous releases from Ubisoft and I can only imagine it will get better once the shader cache is built. But if you are wondering if this is a safe buy for the Deck, I would say yes.

Ghost Recon Breakpoint Screenshots:

Recommended Build:

40 FPS Build:

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

If you enjoyed this first look, 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

Ghost Recon Breakpoint is the next Ubisoft game to come to Steam and unlike the past few, it runs quite well on the Steam Deck so far!

Performance: 
VISUALS: 
Stability: 
Controls: 
Battery: 
Reviewed By:
Noah Kupetsky
Steam Profile
Steam Deck Compatibility
Current Price: 
$12.00
View in Steam Store
Proton DB Rating
Unknown

Review

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint is a third-person shooter that will have you exploring a treacherous archipelago to take down a US military unit gone rogue. Create your character from thousands of combination options and loot, upgrade, and customize to become the deadliest ghost to exist. You can also team up with friends and share progression from story to pvp with a plethora of end-game content that includes raids and more. Will you be able to save Auroa and take down your old brother-in-arms?

Ghost Recon Breakpoint doesn't run correctly in the beginning, but by changing a line in the BELauncher.ini, the game will be able to run and run decently well. First, go ahead and browse local files to go to the Breakpoint game files. Then, go to the BattlEye folder and open the BELauncher.ini. Find the line that says "GRB.exe" and change it to say "GRB_vulkan.exe". After that, save the file. Now when you launch the game and choose to launch Vulkan version, the game will run! Thank you to @Yourmomlmao7 on Twitter for bringing this fix to our attention.

Once I got in-game, Breakpoint ran much better than I expected. It was able to hit 40 framerate at around medium graphic presets with around 90% resolution scale. For a game like this, it's awesome to see how well it runs like this, but it does still drop a bit. So bringing the game to 30 FPS with 100% resolution scale and a medium preset felt fantastic. Having a 100% resolution scale also helped with seeing enemies that are further away which, in a game like this, is really necessary. I did encounter 1-2 places that went down to 29 FPS, but nothing below this.

I did try to see if forcing the resolution down and upscaling via FSR would help, but it made the game's menus overblown. The in-game window was completely fine, but all menus were not scaling correctly, which made it unplayable. Controls were completely fine and they automatically went to the correct gamepad settings, which is fantastic. It also does use Ubisoft Connect as a 3rd party DRM, so playing offline will be a hassle.

Overall, with some more fine-tuning, Ghost Recon Breakpoint will definitely be a fantastic game to play on the Steam Deck. It runs much better than previous releases from Ubisoft and I can only imagine it will get better once the shader cache is built. But if you are wondering if this is a safe buy for the Deck, I would say yes.

Ghost Recon Breakpoint Screenshots:

Recommended Build:

40 FPS Build:

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

If you enjoyed this first look, 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

Ghost Recon Breakpoint is the next Ubisoft game to come to Steam and unlike the past few, it runs quite well on the Steam Deck so far!

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
No
Scaling Filter
Linear
GPU Clock
Disabled
Proton Version

No Forced Compatibility

Game Settings

Texture Quality: Medium

Resolution Scaling: 100

Temporal Injection: On

Anti-Aliasing: On

Preset: Medium

Change Volumetric Fog to Low

Projected Battery Usage and Temp
15W - 17W
70c - 75c
2.5 - 3 hours
Steam Deck Compatibility
Current Price: 
$12.00
View in Steam Store
Proton DB Rating
Unknown
Other Builds
40 FPS Build (Minor Drops)
SteamOS

Limit

40

Refresh Rate

40

HRS

NO

TDP Limit

12

Scaling Filter

Linear

GPU Clock

Disabled

Proton Version

No Forced Compatibility

Game Settings

Texture Quality: Medium

Resolution Scaling: 90

Temporal Injection: On

Anti-Aliasing: On

Preset: Medium

Change LOD to Low

Change Volumetric Fog to Low

Projected Battery Usage and Temperature

15W - 19W

70c - 77c

~2 hours

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