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Don't Pre-Load on Steam Deck

The pre-load issue on Steam Deck is becoming more and more of a problem and with big game releases coming, we feel that we should warn you not to pre-load on Steam Deck unless you have a slow internet connection.


In our tests, Forspoken took 2 hours to unpack it's pre-load on Steam Deck that was downloaded ahead of the game's release.

Left - Steam Deck Unpacking, Right Top - PC unpacking, Right Bottom - Steam Deck Downloading
Left - Steam Deck Unpacking, Right Top - PC unpacking, Right Bottom - Steam Deck Downloading

For reference, the PC unpacking took around 20 minutes.

Forspoken Unpacking took 2 hrs

Steam Deck showing Forsploken unpacking complete
Forspoken unpack and verification complete

Forspoken download after game release took 1 hour and 7 mins.

Steam Deck download of game fresh after release
Forpsoken Download complete

So there you have it, as it stands it took half the time to download the game once it was released rather than pre-download it and wait twice as long for it to unpack and verify.


For now, Don't Pre-Load, unless you have slow internet of course then it most likely will take around the same time.

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