Unanswered Questions We Still Have About The Steam Deck

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 Unanswered Questions We Still Have About The Steam Deck

Not long after Valve announced its portable, news outlets speculated that the Steam Deck might not be able to run four of Steam’s most-played titles: “Apex Legends,” “Destiny 2,” PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” and “Rainbow Six Siege.”

The problem appears to stem from the Steam Deck’s Linux-based operating system, SteamOS. Many Windows games won’t run on Linux, a challenge Valve has worked to overcome with a compatibility tool called Proton. According to ProtonDB, a site that gathers gamer reports and provides aggregate scores for game performance via Proton on Linux, the tool has made great strides but “is still in its infancy.”

Based on ProtonDB’s data, “Apex Legends,” “Destiny 2,” PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” and “Rainbow Six Siege” don’t work with the current version of Proton due to their anti-cheat software. While this might seem like a major roadblock, Valve has already stated that the Steam Deck includes a brand new version of SteamOS, complete with a souped-up Proton. 

“For Deck, we’re vastly improving Proton’s game compatibility and support for anti-cheat solutions by working directly with the vendors,” reads the official Steam Deck Software page. While Valve didn’t specifically mention “Apex Legends” or “Destiny 2,” there’s a high probability that solutions will already be in place for these major games when the Steam Deck launches.