Some of the works from Xbox Game Studios work seamlessly on Steam Deck, but for many, it’s best not even to try on Valve’s portable PC…
The first Steam Deck units have already started shipping from Valve, but so far, we haven’t heard from Microsoft about which of the “green team’s” games are unplayable on Gabe Newell’s portable PC or which ones are working with a few caveats. Better late than never, the Redmond-based company thought, listing on Steam what has been rated Verified (the perfect experience; we’ve written about the categories in detail in the past), Playable (not the best experience, but the game runs) and Unsupported (won’t work at all).
The Verified category includes Deathloop, Psychonauts 2, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, The Evil Within, Fallout Shelter, 2017’s Prey, Battletoads, and Max: The Curse of Brotherhood. The Playable, intermediate rating went to Sea of Thieves, Fallout 4, Forza Horizon 5, Forza Horizon 4, Quantum Break, and State of Decay: YOSE. And what’s better not to try? According to Microsoft, Gears 5, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Halo Infinite, and Microsoft Flight Simulator X “earned” the Unsupported rating.
The reasoning for Unsupported is to avoid cheaters. Specifically, the anti-cheat is the reason why Gears 5 and the whole of Halo can’t be played, which is understandable. In the case of Microsoft FSX, it is a flight simulator and not exactly designed for a handheld. It can’t be controlled easily with a couple of buttons, so Microsoft can’t be criticised for that. And Microsoft is not alone: in addition to Fortnite, Destiny 2 was also confirmed not to be supported on the Steam Deck.
According to Epic Games, while Easy Anti-Cheat (EAC) and BattlEye work through the Proton support layer on Steam Deck’s SteamOS, the security level is not high enough. We’ll see if there will be problems with cheaters. However, they still have to pay a lot of money for one, and maybe it’s not easy to get a unit, to begin with…
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