The Steam Deck Might Not Play All Games in Your Library

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As of now, the Steam Deck might play all of the games in the Steam Library, though the developers at Valve are working hard to make everything work.

The Steam Deck is a portable gaming console. Its biggest selling point is its hardware specs capable of running even the most demanding PC games. So, if you’re the type of person who wants to play games on the go, this thing is ideal for you.

That said, while there are many games to choose from, you might not get them running on this device.

The Issue

For those who do not know, the Steam Deck features the latest version of SteamOS, derived from a custom version of Arch Linux.

For you to play games on this console, Valve had to create a tool known as ProtonDB. It is essentially a set of popular tools similar to DXVK and Wine that allows you to play Windows games on a Linux system.

Now, what is the issue? While you can play the vast majority of games in the Steam Library, some top games might not work. Titles like Apex Legends, Destiny 2, and PUBG may not run on SteamOS mainly because of the anti-cheat systems they use. These systems prevent you from accessing the multiplayer aspects of these games.

Even though this is a cause for concern for many people, Valve is working to address the compatibility issue.

On its software page, Steam Deck confirms ongoing improvements on Proton and solutions directly from vendors.

It is unclear if everything will be compatible in the end. But it is definitely comforting to know something is being done to ensure the playability of games in your library.

Pre-order Mess

The Steam Deck won’t be available until later this year but many people have already experienced pre-ordering issues.

Several interested customers have encountered error messages during their pre-orders. It ranged from “your account is too new to reserve early” to “it looks like you’ve been attempting a lot of purchases in the last few hours.”

Even though these issues are expected, some users have said that you just have to be patient and try again until it pushes through.

Part of the reason why this is happening may stem from scalpers wanting to get some stocks. Apparently, they’ve already created some listings on eBay selling the device at exorbitant prices.

Despite these issues, are you still going to get your own Steam Deck?

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