The best settings for Need for Speed: Unbound on Steam Deck – no more crashing and stuttering!

After several hours of playing, I made the best graphics settings for Need for Speed: Unbound on Steam Deck. Solid performance, nice visuals- no more stuttering and crashing!

I. Reduce stuttering in Need for Speed: Unbound on Steam Deck

Use latest version of ProtonGE – tested on 7-41. Force it in the game compatibility tab.

In General Settings/Launch Options write this command: DXVK_ASYNC=1 %command%

Done! Stuttering should be gone.

II. Fix Random Crashing

In Desktop Mode download and run CryoUtilities

https://github.com/CryoByte33/steam-deck-utilities

Download InstallCryoUtilities.desktop from this repository with this link on your Steam Deck, then run it. (Right click and save file)

This will install a script and create a few desktop icons for the swap resizer tool.

Set Swap Size to 16 GB.

You will need usser password for this. Set it in desktop mode in SETTINGS/USER tab.

III. The best settings for Need for Speed: Unbound on Steam Deck

SCREEN MODE: FULLSCREEN

SCREEN RES: 1280×800

V-SYNC: ON

UPSAMPLER: AMD FSR 2

UPSAMPLER PRESET: QUALITY

SHARPENING: PERSONAL

GRAPHICS QUALITY: CUSTOM

TEXTURE QUALITY: MEDIUM

SHADOW QUALITY: LOW

TEXTURE FILTER.: HIGH

AMBIENT OCCLUSION: OFF

EFFECTS DETAIL: LOW

GEOMETRY DETAIL: MEDIUM

TERRAIN QUALITY: MEDIUM

VEGETATION DETAIL: MEDIUM

POST PROCESS QUALITY: LOW

LIGHTING QUALITY: LOW

DEPTH OF FIELD: MEDIUM

REFLECTION QUALITY: LOW

MOTION BLUR: PERSONAL

STEAM OS SETTINGS

REFRESH RATE: 60

FRAMERATE LIMIT: 30

GPU CLOCK FREQ.: 1300